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.

Nancy

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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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.

Nutrition Facts

194 calories; protein 11.8g 24% DV; carbohydrates 25.2g 8% DV; fat 5.4g 8% DV; cholesterol 12.6mg 4% DV; sodium 913.2mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2016
I added fresh jalapeño and a can of white kidney beans. Yum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2016
sautéed onions/garlic in bacon fat, added all ingredients, then added beef bullion and liquid smoke. Big hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2017
An excellent tasting bean recipe. I omitted the cilantro and used regular petite diced tomatoes and added a small can of green chilies. Though it takes a little more time I use dry pinto beans (frijoles) instead of canned. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2016
i made it but substituted the ham for smoked bacon for a different flavor. really good loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2017
Followed the recipe as written but just adjusted for the serving size of 16. I did it in a crock pot on low for @ 3 hrs and then on high the last hour. Additionally I added Corona Familiar when I flipped it on high. It was a hit with the skirt steak I made. This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2015
Super easy and great flavor- I did add half a bottle of beer and let this simmer for several hours before serving. Read More
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