Mexican Charro Beans Made Easy

Mexican Charro Beans are a hearty favorite, known for their rich blend of spices, beans, and pieces of meat. This dish is a Mexican style soup, of pinto beans submerged in a broth full of amazing flavors. The flavors come from different types of meat like beef franks, chorizo, ham, and bacon.

Not only that, Mexican Charro Beans also have tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro and serrano peppers! This dish exemplifies the bold and savory essence of Mexican cooking.

Celebrating Mexican cuisine is also a vibrant and flavorful experience, with every region offering its unique twist on traditional dishes. Each bite is a celebration of the country’s diverse culinary traditions as well as ingredients that make Mexican food a global favorite.

These flavorful beans, simmered to perfection with bacon, wieners, and chorizo, are a true representation of the country’s culinary heritage.

In this article, we will be delving into the world of Mexican Charro Beans and exploring how this hearty dish can be prepared and enjoyed.

The Roots of Mexican Charro Beans

Charro Beans are also called “Frijoles Charros,” and have deep roots in Mexican culture. The term “charro” is derived from the Mexican horsemen known for their distinctive clothing and horsemanship.

It’s fitting that this dish embodies the rustic and robust flavors associated with traditional Mexican cuisine.

Ingredients for Mexican Charro Beans

  • Pinto beans: 16 ounces
  • Ham or Cuero: 1/2 pound
  • Bacon: 6 slices
  • Weiners: 4
  • Chorizo sausage: 2 links
  • Ham cubes: 1/2 cup
  • Garlic: 3 cloves diced
  • Serrano pepper: 1 finely chopped (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness)
  • Tomatoes: 2 medium chopped
  • Cilantro: one bunch chopped
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Chicken Bouillon: 1 tablespoon
bacon and tomato on countertop before adding to Mexican charro beans

Instructions for Cooking Mexican Charro Beans

Start by soaking the dried beans overnight in cold water. Drain and rinse them the next day.

Now, add the soaked beans to a stock along with the 1/2 pound of ham or Cuero (pig skin) and cover with fresh water.

Bring the beans to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Cover the pot and let it cook for about 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed to maintain the desired consistency.

Add the cumin, salt, and pepper. Mixing well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.

Add the diced bacon to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for about 1 minute, then add chorizo, wieners and continue cooking 1-2 minutes more. To the same skillet add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and serrano pepper. Sauté for about 1 minute.

When the beans are tender and fully cooked, add this meat and salsa mixture to the cooking beans. At this time stir in the chopped cilantro for a burst of fresh flavor. Cook beans until they start to release their rich flavors into the mix.

Taste the beans and adjust the seasonings as necessary, adding more salt or spices to suit your palate.

Serving Charro Beans

Serving Mexican Charro Beans is a delightful way to infuse a rich, smoky flavor into your meal. Furthermore, these beans make a perfect side dish for any traditional Mexican feast. They are also a hearty accompaniment to grilled meats.

Alternatively, serving them with warm Tortillas or rice, is also very delicious.

Many people also enjoy garnishing their Charro Beans with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco.

Leftovers make delicious, Refried Beans. While Enchiladas offer a comforting and easy-to-make side that perfectly complements charro beans.

salsa ingredients in a glass bowl before adding to Mexican charro beans

Conclusion

Mexican Charro Beans is a delightful representation of Mexican culture. They are also pretty amazing. Their boldly flavored broth with bacon, ham, chorizo, chili peppers, tomatoes and spices also combine well with many other dishes.

Whether served as a side or as a meal, Charro Beans are a true celebration of deliciousness. A testament to the rich and diverse flavors that make Mexican food so beloved.

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Aromatic Mexican charro beans filled with 3 different meats.

Mexican Charro Beans

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Charro beans is a Mexican style soup, of pinto beans in a broth full of amazing flavors. You will simply be amazed at how good they are
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 1 soup pot

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz uncooked pinto beans
  • 6 slices bacon cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 pound ham or cuero (pork skin)
  • 4 beef franks cut into cubes
  • 2 links Mexican chorizo
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 serrano diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, cumin
  • 2 tablespoon chicken bouillon

Instructions
 

Soaking

  • Start by soaking the dried beans overnight in cold water. Drain and rinse them the next day.

Cooking

  • Now, add the soaked beans to the pot along with the 1/2 pound of ham or Cuero (pig skin) completely cover with fresh water.
  • Make sure the beans are covered by about 2 inches.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Cover the pot and let it cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
    Add more water if needed to maintain the desired consistency.
  • After one hour, add the seasonings. Mix well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.

Aromatics

  • In a large skillet, add the diced bacon, chorizo, wieners and cook until it begins to crisp up.
  • Add the chopped onion, tomato, minced garlic, and serrano pepper. Sauté about 1 minute..
  • Add the meat and salsa mixture to the cooking beans. Add chopped cilantro.
    Cook until they start to release their rich flavors into the mix about 15 minutes.
  • Taste the Charro Beans and adjust the seasonings as necessary, adding more salt or spices to suit your palate.

Notes

Nutrition
Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 1197mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4.3mg
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