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Frijoles a la Charra- Charro Beans

Frijoles a La Charra-Frijoles Charros-Charro Beans

I couldn't imagine carne asada or pollo asado without a big pot of frijoles charros on the table!  
Course Beans, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Servings



  • 6-8 strips of smoked bacon chopped small
  • 4-5 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 2 cups broth from beans
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 2 serrano chile sliced into thick rings or minced
  • 1 large roma tomato diced
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • 6 oz of a light beer or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste



  • Preheat pot or deep skillet to medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned. Add the onions and chile serrano. Saute for a few minutes. Add the tomato and cilantro, stir well to combine. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Add the beans, liquid from the beans and the beer(or broth). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Season with salt and  pepper to taste, stir, cover and cook for a good 20 minutes. Taste for salt.


Variations: These beans are also known as Charro Beans and many people like to add hot dogs (or sausage), sliced and ground chorizo to their charro beans. The beer is something my Mom added. I add more than she did! If you don't want to use the beer, just add chicken broth or more bean broth. Chef's choice!