Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros) Recipe
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Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)

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"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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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr
  • READY IN

    1 hr 10 mins

Directions

  1. Combine pinto beans, tomatoes with green chile peppers, ham, cilantro, red onion, garlic, black pepper, and hot sauce in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • This dish can also be made in a slow cooker.
  • One-half cup beer (dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo® or Dos Equis® if possible) can be added to make borrachos (drunken beans).
  • Bacon and/or sausage can be added to make a heartier version.
  • Substitute 1 teaspoon minced garlic from the jar for fresh garlic cloves if desired.
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Jun 05, 2014

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!

 
May 10, 2014

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.

 

5 Ratings

May 25, 2015

Delicious and easy! I omitted the ham and next time will only use one splash of hot sauce instead of 3 - was a little spicy. Tastes like what they serve in the mexican restaurants.

 
Mar 27, 2014

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.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 7.5 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 11.8 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 913 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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