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Mexican Charro Beans is an authentic Mexican recipe that is mainly consumed in the northern part of Mexico and is commonly served alongside carne asada. Another great way to eat them is for breakfast with these delicious huevos rancheros.
Charro beans is basically a Mexican style soup, consisting of pinto beans submerged in a broth full of amazing flavors that come from many different types of meat like beef franks, chorizo, ham, and bacon. In some parts of Mexico they add pork rinds and beer to change the flavor up a little bit.
Even though the most popular way to make this is as a thinner soup, there are some other variations in which you can add corn starch to thicken it up a little bit. If you choose to do that, it ends up looking more like chili con carne, which is a popular dish here in the United States.
Charro beans are an excellent option to go along with any type of grilled meat and also tacos. Just like I love eating pozole on cold days (which we have a lot of here in Colorado), I also love enjoying charro beans on those days as well.
You can add some heat to it by including chipotle peppers or jalapeños together with the tomato, onion, and cilantro.
One tip that I will give you in order to make this recipe a little bit easier is to cook the pinto beans in your slow cooker. Since you are starting with uncooked beans, you have to cook them separately first before adding the rest of the ingredients.
If you do this in the slow cooker, it will still take some time (around 3 hours), but it is easier than having to cook them over the stove and making sure that the water doesn’t evaporate. It will also allow you to get started on the other parts of the recipe without worrying about the beans.
Charro beans are a must have at all Mexican celebrations, no matter where you are. I really hope that you will try this recipe out and be sure to let me know how it turns out in the comments below!