Although new to many people, these colorful beans date back to the ancient, cliff-dwelling Anasazi Indians. Slightly sweeter than pinto beans, they also tend to hold their shape better when cooked. If not available, substitute pinto beans in this recipe.
When I write “flavored,” I mean it, as I have chosen the chiles that impart the most distinct flavors. The raisiny flavor of the pasilla melds with the apricot overtones of the habanero and the earthiness of the New Mexican chile to create a finely-tuned fiery sipping vodka. Of course, use an excellent vodka like Stolichnaya or Absolut. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
Byron Bates thinks big, really big when he makes these beans. The recipe can be cut down to fit your needs. Note: To plump raisins, place them in a saucepan covered with water or fruit juice. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and cook for a couple of minutes or until raisins are soft and plump.