Charro Beans, or Cowboy Beans, are a classic Tex Mex side dish of pinto beans flavored with garlic, onion, and spiced up with some chiles. This version is made easy with the slow cooker! The perfect complement to any meal!
Charro beans. Or Cowboy beans. A classic Tex Mex side dish. This dish is even easier to make than you may think. No need to soak the beans ahead of time, because honestly, who plans that far in advance. And this dish can be made in the slow cooker, making it an easy set it and forget it type recipe.
You remember that Homemade Refried Beans recipe that I shared with y’all not too long ago?? These charro beans are the chunky version of that dish.
And this recipe is pretty much just as easy.
You can make these beans in the slow cooker, or you can make them in a large pot on the stove also. I prefer the slow cooker since it’s a bit more set it and leave it type cooking.
We don’t need to soak the beans but we will need to cook them over high heat for the first two hours to help make them soft.
The flavor comes from the bacon, or you can use salted pork fat.. but I figured the majority of us would have bacon on hand or feel a little more comfortable in the knowledge that we can find bacon in the local market.
We also add some onion, garlic, and jalapeño for a little spice, we take out the seeds though so there’s not much heat given to the charro beans. But there’s tons of flavor!
Make sure you check out the recipe for the Homemade Refried Beans while you’re here!