Mexican Charro Beans

13 reviews, 4.3 star(s). 85% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

This is the closest I could come to what my father-in-law likes when he goes out to eat Mexican food. It's a combination of many recipes I've looked at and a lot of taste testing and experimenting.


1 pound Dry pinto beans; sorted and rinsed
2 teaspoon Salt
1 clove garlic
3 pieces bacon; fried - reserve drippings
1 each tomato; chopped
1 large Anaheim pepper; chopped
1/2 cup Fresh cilantro leaves
1 each Onion; chopped

Original recipe makes 12



Put the beans, salt, and garlic in a stock pot and cover with water about 3 inches above the beans. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for several hours or until the beans are tender and you have a rich looking broth, stirring occasionally. Add some boiling water if needed during cooking. Cook the tomato, pepper, cilantro, and onion in the reserved drippings until the onions are soft. Remove the garlic from the beans and add the vegetable mixture. Cut the bacon in small pieces and add to the beans. Mix well and let it set on the stove for 15 minutes before serving. This freezes well.

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Great recipe! The only one we ever use!
cstargarner 1y ago

Very tasty. I made a few changes. I used canned northern beans, turkey bacon , green peppers, chicken stock and white pepper. Quick and easy to make. Great soup to carry to work for lunch!
mogriff1 3y ago

Did u. Know charro beans have chicharons and chirzo and garlic
dianehernandez 3y ago

Love this recipe! I added a couple of jalapeño peppers because my family likes it spicier. Makes a great leftover too.
ThymeLass 4y ago

This is the best Charro Bean recipe I've come across. It's simple and very tasty. We amped up the heat with an extra pepper or two, but we will definitely make these beans again and again.
Ellenspradling 5y ago

Best recipe I've found. I often use smoked ham hocks instead of bacon and add a bit more cilantro. Everybody loves these beans
stevesou 5y ago

Hi, The original recipe for frijoles charros is a little different, just because it has more ingredients like ham, chorizo, and sometimes chicharron. It is awesome with hot tortillas. That is the way we usually have it in Mexico
6y ago

I love these charro beans! After the first time making this, I tried substituting canned pinto beans. I think it tastes just as good, and it is much quicker.
markreiter 6y ago

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