By Lucinda Hutson
MEAT OPTIONS: Handmade sausages produced with an assortment of meats, spices and flavorings, as well as bacon smoked with different kinds of wood or flavored with jalapeños, abound in grocery stores. Visit local farmers markets or butcheries for specialty products.
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: When cooking the beans, use rich, concentrated vegetable stock instead of water. Many brands of vegetarian chorizo or sausage exist.
BEER: Twisted X Tex Mex Beers, made in Dripping Springs (I like the Fuego pilsner, flavored with jalapeños).
ACCOMPANIMENTS: Serve frijoles with bowls of freshly chopped tomatoes, serranos, cilantro, onions or your favorite salsa fresca, homemade tostada chips, crunchy chicharrónes (crispy, fried pork skin cracklings) or additional bacon crisps. Serve with a basket of warm corn or flour tortillas, or ladle over cornbread.
For 8 Person(s)