Mexican Charro Pinto Beans, Frijoles Charros Pintos

Juliann Esquivel Recipe

By Juliann Esquivel Juliann

8 to 10
20 Min
6 Hr

This is an authentic recipe right out of Mexico "Frijoles Charros"
Mexican Cowboy Beans, These beans are delicious you can eat them right out of the bowl with hot buttered tortillas, and some hot salsa. Yum Yum. They are a meal by themselves. They cook for about 5/6 hours but the time is well worth it. You can serve along side Mexican rice, and add some Pico De gallo or Salsa with the tortillas. You need not make any meat dish with the Charro beans as they are loaded with meat. Delicious Enjoy

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1 1/2 lb
pinto beans sorted, cleaned, and rinsed
1 medium
onion peeled and quarted
1/2 large
green pepper, seeded and cut in half, do not dice
1 large
jalapeno seeded, cored, and cut in strips
10 clove
fresh garlic peeled and smashed
3 medium
fresh tomatoes chopped in small pieces
2 medium
tomatillos shucked, rinsed and diced
1/2 c
diced fresh cilantro
2 large
smoked pork shanks cut into quarters, by the butcher
2 large
ham hocks
1 1/2 lb
stew beef or beef soup meat cut into bite size pieces
4 medium
slices of salt pork or fat back, gives beans great flavor
1/2 lb
diced ham, i use hormel diced ham to flavor beans.
1 large
fresh poplano seeded and pepper diced
1 tsp
dried oregano
2 tsp
1 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
2 large
dried bay leaves
1/4 tsp
cayanne pepper (optional)
2 Tbsp
chile powder
1 tsp
ground cumin powder
2 small
envelopes sazon goya seasoning
1/4 tsp
dried red pepper flakes
1/4 c
good olive oil
1/2 tsp
fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp
garlic powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Clean sort and rinse pinto beans in cold water. Put into a deep heavy pot add about 10/12 cups cold water. Put on stove over a high flame, add all of the meats and the salt pork. Do not add the stew meat yet. In a seperate pot add the oil, heat and brown the stew meat until seared on all sides then add to the pot of beans with the remaing oil in the pot. Add all of the vegetables, onions, peppers, tomatos, cilantro, bay leaves, spices, and seasonings. Add vinegar and stir well cover and lower the flame cook for about 5 to 6 hours. While cooking check beans and stir about once every hour. Taste bean broth to make sure the beans are seasoned just right "Salt" Cook until beans are tender and meats are fork tender. Taste to see if they have enough salt and pepper.
Serve with hot buttered tortillas, and some Pico de Gallo or Salsa on the side. You can also serve along side Mexican rice (see my post for Mexican rice) with the salsa and tortillas. No need to make any other meat. Charro beans are loaded with Meat. Enjoy

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Oct 9, 2010 - Juliann Esquivel shared this recipe with discussion groups: "Recipes by Robert" Looking for... Panda's Pickin's What's Cookin' Today?
Bonnie D. Utahn
Oct 9, 2010
I am saving this for the future. I was looking for a good bean recipe! Thanks for posting it!
Oct 9, 2010 - Bonnie D. shared this recipe with discussion group: South Western Cooking
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Oct 10, 2010
OMG!!!! I can almost taste this! YUM YUM is right!!!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Oct 10, 2010
Oh Yum . . We love beans and Have fixed them many ways. But this has more items I need to find here in the Northwest. Not Sure I have ever even Heard of, much less seen on our store shelves. But Now I'll be looking for these. Thanks.
Betty McArdle everMehitabel
Oct 10, 2010
I love beans, I love multi-multi- ingrediant resipes that cook for a long time. To the store today and I'm cooking this tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this.
Paula S. louegirl
Oct 10, 2010
I thought I didn't like beans until I tasted my former sister-in-law's charro beans. This recipe sounds very much like hers must have been. Thanks for the post!
Trina Alaniz bagma
Oct 12, 2010
This is a keeper. Gracias
Nancy Cohrs nancymamie
Oct 24, 2010
Juliann...this looks wonderful. Can't wait to try it with some cornbread!! Yum-yum!! Thanks for sharing.
Elaine Strauss ElaineStrauss
Nov 3, 2010
I made this recipe last night. My husband kept commenting how good they were. Thanks for ANOTHER great recipe.
Gil Si Gilsi55
Jan 21, 2011
Last night I put beans to cook and I thought, "I'll make frijoles charros tomorrow." I knew you'd have the recipe!! Thanks alot for ANOTHER GREAT recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Karla Everett Karla59
Mar 22, 2011
Thanks for the recipe , this sounds delicious !♥
Lynn Socko lynnsocko
May 4, 2011
OMG this is like the ultimate pinto bn recipe...gotta, gotta try this, I love pinto bns & so does my family, I just didn't have the right recipe till now!!!
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Jun 18, 2011
This looks amazing. I have a can of pinto beans that I want to doctor up. LOL I can see Juliann cringing over that one, sorry about that!
I was just thinking about adding some south west flavor to them and this recipe just gave me some really good ideas!
cathy montano snuggless
Jul 6, 2011