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crock pot frijoles charros (mexican beans)

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Susan Elizondo
Dequeen, AR

My husband's niece served these at a birthday party for her daughter. They were so good. My spouse and sons request them all the time. I always put them on to cook in the morning while I do my housework. When it is time to eat, they are ready. I guarantee they are worth the wait. They even taste better when reheated later.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

An easy way to make Frijoles Charros (Mexican beans). The slow cooker does all the hard work and they are filled with flavor. Pinto beans simmer in bacon, smoked sausage, spices, and a couple of other ingredients. The final result is a rustic and smoky flavor. They can be considered a side dish, but they're hearty enough to eat on their own like a soup.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 4 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For crock pot frijoles charros (mexican beans)

  • 2-3 c
    pinto beans, dried
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2
    onion, quartered
  • 5-6 slice
    bacon, uncooked (cut in pieces)
  • water, enough to fill the slow cooker
  • 6 lg
    smoked sausage or weiners, cut in pieces
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 can
    Rotel tomatoes w/diced chilies (10 oz)
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 stick
    mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks
  • chopped cilantro, to taste

How To Make crock pot frijoles charros (mexican beans)

  • Pinto beans, onion, garlic, bacon, and water in a slow cooker.
    Put dry beans, quartered onion, minced garlic, and bacon in a Crock Pot. Cover with water up to just a little below where the lid rest. Place lid. Cook on high for 4 hrs. They are good cooked on low also.
  • Tomatoes, smoked sausage, and seasonings added to slow cooker.
    In the last 30 minutes of cooking time, add the following to the beans - Rotel tomatoes, smoked sausage, chili powder, cumin, and salt to taste. Stir. Replace lid. Continue cooking for 20 to 30 minutes or until the beans are done.
  • Cheese and cilantro added to the slow cooker.
    When the beans are ready, turn off Crock Pot. Add cheese and cilantro. Let set for about 5 more minutes so the cheese can melt. Enjoy!