I decided I wanted charro beans like I get at my favorite mexican restaurant to go with our tacos the other night. I didn't have any dried beans, or a lot of time, so I came up with this shortcut version that was delicious!
1Fry the bacon crisp, remove from pan, crumble and set aside.
2To the bacon fat in the pan, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
3Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 min. or more.
4Right before serving, stir in the crumbled bacon.
5** If you want to roast your own red pepper, place it under the broiler or directly on the burner of your stove. Cook and turn occasionally until all sides are charred and blistered. Place in a paper bag and roll up the top. Wait 5-10 min. then remove and peel(the peeling will slip right off at this point.) I like to leave a few pieces of the blackened peeling intact to impart more smoky flavor to the beans. Dice and seed the pepper and you're ready to go!