H‑E‑B Borracho Beans – made with Shiner Bock beer

A blog post about beans made with beer because there isn’t enough said on this important topic. 

Shiner Bock is one of the most iconic beers from Texas. It started as a seasonal beer in 1913, but it’s now the flagship beer of Shiner. I like Shiner and especially Shiner Bock. Snobbish beer review sites like BeerAdvocate generally dismiss it, but I beg to differ. I think it is a good beer, and you could do much worse. After all, “there’s nothing finer than drinking a Shiner.” (I’ll do a blog post about Shiner beer in the future.)

Shiner Bock

When two Texas icons join forces — in this case, H-E-B grocery stores and Shiner Bock — the expectations are high. I recently tried H‑E‑B’s Borracho Beans made with Shiner Bock beer, and now I’m hooked. I hope you’re hungry — let’s dig into some beans.

Borracho beans

I used to think that beans were beans. What could you possibly add to beans to make them taste any better? Well, the answer is beer.

I didn’t know this, but it seems that Borracho beans are somewhat of a regional dish in South Texas and Mexico. “Borracho” translates from Spanish to mean “drunk” in English. Borracho beans are made with beer — usually a darker beer — which is how they get their name.

H-E-B Borracho Beans – made with Shiner Bock

H-E-B sets it up for us:
“H-E-B Texas Style Borracho Beans have a flavorful traditional Mexican flare that is a great addition to any family meal. These Borracho Beans use the finest ingredients like jalapeno peppers, crushed tomatoes, and cilantro to satisfy any appetite.”


Shiner Bock is the third ingredient behind water and pinto beans, so it seems that beer is a significant part of the recipe. Other ingredients include tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, and garlic.

Food pairings

From experience, these beans pair well with roast, chicken, sausage, and chips. I’ve had it as a side dish and a dip.

H-E-B Borracho Beans – made with Shiner Bock

I imagine the beans would be tasty with burgers, steaks, pork chops, nachos, Tex-Mex, and maybe even in a casserole. I bet these would be delicious with a thick slab of buttery cornbread, too. They’re versatile and would fit right in at your next meal or cookout. Of course, don’t forget to wash them down with a cold bottle, can, or pint of Shiner Bock!

My review

I’m a fan of these beans! They are tasty and flavorful and are now a staple in my pantry. A little bit spicy and hearty, they’re way more satisfying than your typical beans — whatever those might be. I didn’t know what I had been missing. It sounds weird to say that they’re the best beans I’ve ever had — who says that about beans — but here we are.

If you live near an H-E-B or plan on passing through Texas sometime soon, pick up some cans of these beans. They’re available to order from Amazon, too, although the price is higher than in-store.

I give them five out of five stars — highly recommended!

About H-E-B

H-E-B started in 1905 as a small, family‑owned store in the Texas Hill Country. Florence Butt opened the C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio. In the 1920s, her youngest son, Howard E. Butt (H-E-B), took over the business. Today, H-E-B has over 100,000 employees and 340 stores in Texas and Mexico. H-E-B also owns Central Market grocery stores, among other brands.

About Shiner

One of the oldest breweries in Texas is the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas — population 2,069. Folks have been brewing Shiner beer there since 1909. In addition to their Shiner Bock and Shiner Light Blonde, they have several beers available in their year-round and seasonal lineup. “The little brewery in Shiner” produces more than 6 million cases of beer a year for states across the country.

First brewed as a seasonal beer in 1913, Shiner Bock has been available year-round since 1973. It’s one of the most iconic beers from Texas.

Blog post and photos by Jason S. Sullivan, 04-21-21

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