Recipe by Nancy
"This is a tasty, zesty side dish that can easily become a main meal. Serve soupy with warm flour tortillas or crusty bread, crumble corn bread on top, or scoop up with tortilla chips. Like mac and cheese, it's a great comfort food. It is easy to make because it doesn't require constant attention and is good for everything from a family meal to a football party. It can easily be doubled. Check flavor before serving and alter seasonings to taste if necessary. Top with more onion and cilantro as desired. If there are any leftovers, they hold up well and taste great the next day."
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2 (15.5 ounce) cans
pinto beans, undrained
1 (10 ounce) can
diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®), drained
cubed cooked ham
finely chopped fresh cilantro
finely chopped red onion
ground black pepper to taste
hot sauce, or to taste
I've doubled, tripled, even quadrupled this recipe many times for my family and for large groups. I'm able to buy the really large cans of pinto beans and Rotel tomatoes where I live, which makes it easier. It's always a hit! I've never added the ham. I make a pot almost every week and they may be eaten refried alongside eggs in the morning (wonderful!!!), taken in small containers along with a tortilla at lunch, or eaten with tri-tip for dinner. I'm sure they can be jazzed up a little or substitutions made in the ingredients, but they are yummy just the way the recipe is written.
This is nowhere near frijoles charros. The main ingredients of frijoles charros are missing. For authentic flavor try the only other recipe on this site. Might as well eat beans straight from the can
My husband loved it! When I make it again, and I will, I will make it milder somehow because it was too spicy-hot for those in my family who do not enjoy spicy food. Thank you for posting a quick and easy frijoles recipe that tastes delicious and makes my house smell wonderful!
These are so easy to make and so tasty. Gave them a fairly healthy shot of Trader Joe's Chili Pepper Sauce, and they had just the right amount of heat for us. Followed the recipe except for the simmering time. I don't think an hour is necessary for the flavors to develop. The beans, tomatoes, and ham all are cooked, and I found about 15-20 minutes was plenty of time. Thanks, Nancy, this was a nice side dish.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 49
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