Hispanic Recipe of the Month – September 2015

Kick off the Hispanic Heritage Month with Frijoles Charros.

Frijoles Charros, cowboy beans, named after traditional Mexican horsemen or charros, is an authentic Mexican dish. Pinto beans, onions, garlic and bacon are the main ingredients of Frijoles Charros.

Hispanic Recipe of the Month – September 2015


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 3 cups home cooked pinto beans
  • 2 cups finely chopped white onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • Clean and rinse pinto beans and place them in a heavy pot filled with around 10 cups of water.  Add a cup of white onions and a tablespoon of garlic to it. Bring beans to a boil by placing the pot over a high flame Make sure to add salt. Beans can be cooked for around two hours. Soaking beans overnight will reduce the cooking time. If done in a pressure cooker, cooking time will take around 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Line a saucepan with bacon and cook over medium heat. Add the remaining onions and garlic to it and cook till onions turn translucent. Add diced tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes release juice. This might take up to ten minutes.
  • Add cooked pinto beans to this mixture and cook for around 30 minutes. Add chopped jalapeno pepper and black pepper to it. Make sure to stir the mixture from time to time.

Serve Frijoles Charros with a dash of chopped cilantro with tortillas or crusty bread. Frijoles Charros is easy to cook and is perfect for a family meal.

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