Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)

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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1 h 10 m servings 194 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 25.2g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 11.8 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 913 mg
  • 37%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • This dish can also be made in a slow cooker.
  • One-half cup beer (dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo(R) or Dos Equis(R) 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.



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 quic...

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 mak...

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...

Super easy and great flavor- I did add half a bottle of beer and let this simmer for several hours before serving.

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.