Charro beans

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This is kind of a cross between regular cowboy beans and borracho beans.  It’s a great side for grilled meats and can be made in advance.  Serve in small bowls.

  • 8 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 1 – 2 fresh jalepenos, finely chopped
  • Cilantro
  • One can fire roasted tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 4 cans black beans including their liquid
  • Salt
  • 2 – 3 cups chicken stock
  • Some beer if you have one handy
  • 3 oz tequila if you have a bottle open

In a large pot, fry the bacon for several minutes.  Add the onion, garlic, and jalepenos.  Cook for several minutes until the onion is soft.  Add the tomatoes, beans, salt, stock, beer, and tequila.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat.  Using a potato masher, mash some of the beans on the bottom of the pot, stirring as you do.  (The more you mash, the more stew-like the beans will be.  If you prefer them brothy, mash only a couple of times.)  Simmer for at least 15 minutes or as long as it takes to achieve the consistency you prefer.  Can be made in advance and re-heated over medium-low heat.

2 Responses to “Charro beans”

  1. 1 Sarah O'Keefe March 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Hi neighbor!

    Just thought I would let you know that a coworker of mine mentioned today how much she missed the mexican food she ate when she and her family moved back to Indy from San Fran 10 years ago. I told her I had the BEST black beans of my life at my neighbor’s house a few years ago. I remembered your food blog and was excited to find the recipe! She is so excited to make these for her family tonight.

    Hope all is well with the Benge’s. We will have to let the dogs play once it warms up!

    Sarah O

  2. 2 Jeremiah Benge March 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Thanks Sarah – that’s really cool. I hope your co-worker likes them.

    We definitely need to get the dogs together soon. And it would be great to catch-up with you and Michael and see Hadley.


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