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Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"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
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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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® 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.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 194 calories; 5.4 25.2 11.8 13 913 Full nutrition

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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...

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 be...

i made it but substituted the ham for smoked bacon for a different flavor. really good loved it.

I added fresh jalapeño and a can of white kidney beans. Yum.

sautéed onions/garlic in bacon fat, added all ingredients, then added beef bullion and liquid smoke. Big hit.

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

Very good and quick recipe! I added a little bit of liquid smoke and some diced white onions I had. I do have a question about when the right time to add the beer would be. But I made this for a...