Beans, beans, the magical fruit – the more you eat, the more you…want more!
I think it’s amazing that simple pinto beans can be transformed into so many dishes. The purest and simplest pinto beans are beans from the pot, Frijoles de la Olla. Cook them in beer and add bacon and they become Borracho Beans, or add a few extra ingredients like chorizo, hotdog slices, ham, chicharrón (pork rinds), and it becomes a hearty dish called Frijoles Charros.
I always looked forward to family summer cookouts growing up because someone was always sure to contribute this Northern Mexican dish.
To be honest, I am not a fan of too many extra ingredients and I wanted to share a recipe where the beans are the star of the show. These frijoles charros are flavored with smoky bacon, onions, garlic, fire roasted diced tomatoes, and jalapeño slices.
This recipe can be made in the slow cooker or in a dutch oven on the stovetop. It is the ideal potluck or cookout dish to make – it’s inexpensive, easy to make, and extremely delicious.
When trying to develop a recipe I found a recipe by Rick Bayless that is perfect, so rather than reinventing the wheel I am sharing his recipe.
After the beans are cooked he adds two cups of beans and liquid in the blender to puree and adds them back to the pot of beans giving them a creamier consistency. I had never done that before, but really loved the texture and highly recommend it.
While the beans were simmering I was reminded of my grandmas’ kitchen – she always had a pot of beans on the stovetop and sour cream on her kitchen table. I used to love smothering a warm corn tortilla with sour cream and sprinkle it with salt. I’d roll it up tight like a mini burrito and eat it with a steaming bowl of freshly made beans.
Sure, you can serve these beans as a side-dish, but eating a warm bowl of beans like soup is a comforting meal and oh so heavenly.
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If you love these easy and delicious Frijoles Charros, be sure to check out some of my other favorite pinto bean recipes below.
No Slow Cooker?