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Frijoles Charros

Frijoles Charros

Total Time       1H 50 Min
Active Time     1H 30 Min
Prep Time        10 Min
Portions          8

Charro Beans is an authentic Mexican recipe It is mainly consumed in the northern part of Mexico and is commonly served alongside carne asada.


16 oz uncooked pinto beans (like the Valle Verde Pinto Beans)

5 slices bacon cut into smaller pieces

3 sausages cut into cubes

1 cup ham cut into cubes

1 pound Mexican chorizo

2 tomatoes diced

½ bunch of cilantro chopped

½ onion diced

1/3 cup jalapeño (like our fresh jalapeño peppers or the precut Herdez Chile Jalapeño rajas)

1 chipotle pepper (like the Herdez Chile Chipotle Adobado)

1 garlic clove, chopped





Salt to taste



To cook the Pinto Beans - Stove top

  1. Add the rinsed beans to a large pot with plenty of water, salt, and a small piece of onion.
  2. Let boil for about 1.5 hours, checking often to make sure that there is still enough water.

To make the Charro Beans

  1. Add the bacon to a large pot and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chorizo and continue cooking until cooked through.
  3. After about 5 minutes, add the ham, the sausages, and the seasonings (including the garlic).
  1. Next, add the tomatoes, the cilantro, the onion, the jalapeno, and the chipotle pepper and cook for 5 additional minutes.
  2. Finally, add the cooked pinto beans and the water that they were cooked in and let boil for about 15 minutes so that all of the flavors can combine.
  3. If you want to thicken your charro beans, you can combine 2 tablespoons of corn starch with 1/4 cup of cold water and mix well before adding it to the pot.
  4. Serve hot as a side dish or on its own.


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