April 9, 2011 11:30 AM
Cowboy Charro Beans
POSTED IN: TV Show Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: bacon , beans , charro , chile , chorizo , Cowboy , EP102 , Mexican , ointo , onion , Pati , Patricia , recipe , Table , tomato
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Frijoles Charros con Tocino y Chorizo
Serves 6

6 oz sliced uncooked bacon, chopped
8 oz fresh, uncooked Mexican chorizo, casings removed, chopped
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper (seeded if desired), finely chopped, more or less to taste
1/2 lb roma tomatoes, about 2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp kosher or sea salt, plus more as needed
5 cups cooked pinto beans and their cooking liquid (or substitute with black or Peruvian beans)

Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, until it is lightly browned and starting to crisp.  Add the chopped chorizo; cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until it starts to brown and crisp. As it cooks, use a wooden spoon or spatula to break it into smaller pieces.

Add the chopped onion and jalapeño; mix well and cook for 1 or 2 more minutes, letting them soften a bit.  Add the tomatoes and mix well; cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring, until the tomatoes soften and appear mushy.

Add the cooked beans and their cooking liquid; mix well and reduce the heat to medium.  Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the beans are moist but not soupy. Add a bit more water if needed. Taste, and add more salt to your taste. Serve hot.


Thanks to Patricia Jinich for the lovely recipes of my Childhood. I did not grow up in Mexico, but my father did and I had an Aunt Catita who lived in Mexico City and when we visited she shared so much of her Mexican culture with us, including her recipes. I added bell pepper to this recipt since my husband likes that in his beans, but over all, this was a huge hit at my house. I live in east Texas where there are lots of texmex recipes floating around but this beat any bean recipe that I found. I do not like texmex cooking, I am a fan of the very familiar and flavorful true Mexican cooking that I grew up eathing. Thanks Ms. Jinich!!!

Lynne | April 9, 2011 3:03 PM

Of course! Send me along any cravings that you have...

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Lynne | April 11, 2011 11:12 PM

Hi Pati,

I came across your show on PBS. Being a lover of Latino Culture and food, (Especially Mexican!) I immediately fell in love with your show and recipes! I love how you give history along with the recipes. It brings a new depth to what you are eating and also gives the recipient an appreciation for what they are eating. Just wanted to express my gratitude! I am anxious to cook these meals and try them for myself!



Rob | April 16, 2011 1:56 PM

Hi Rob, well many thanks and you are most welcome!!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Rob | April 16, 2011 2:48 PM

Hi Pati

I didn't see this particular episode but the ingredients (and the picture - love your pictures) sounds amazing. I'm looking forward to trying this out. Yum!!!

Toni | April 16, 2011 7:56 PM

Hi Pati,

Just saw your show for the first time on PBS and LOVED it! Your recipes look simple, affordable and flavorful so I am very excited to try some of your recipes soon.

DVR is setup to record your show every week :)!

Thank you,


Linda | April 16, 2011 9:29 PM

Thank YOU!!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Linda | April 18, 2011 6:50 PM

Thanks Toni... this is a tasty dish. Thank you for the comment on the photos: You must know, it takes me like 100 tries until I do take an acceptable photo ; )

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Toni | April 18, 2011 6:53 PM

hi patti. just saw your show on pbs. loved it. i have been searching for a recipe like this. will try today!

john suggs | April 24, 2011 2:12 PM

I watched your show on pbs. Love love love it. I am always looking for authentic mexican food recipes. Thanks for sharing and teaching.

donna | April 27, 2011 1:18 PM

Thanks Donna! Glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from donna | May 2, 2011 3:34 PM

hello Pati-

I just watched your episode about tomatillos. Loved it! It was also the first episode I'd ever seen. I love your enthusiasm about the food.
Cant wait to record more episodes!!


Kim | May 8, 2011 12:01 PM

tried the charro beans and my family loved it. My daughter even asked for the recipe so she can make it at home for her family. Again thanks. Donna

donna | May 8, 2011 10:49 PM

This episode on
Revolution recipes just finished and I had to run to the computer to save to the favs, your .com addy.
I love beans ,cornbread ,all kinds of peppers sweet or with heat and my palate for food was emersed in country cooking from the south.I like beans prepared in any way I and I love corn. Anise cookies dipped in dark chocolate is my fav cookie in the world.You riled me up and I am putting the pintos on now to cook and try out the Charro beans' they sound delicious!I will make all the recipes you did on this episode as they are super healthy foods and my favorites.Looking forward to your tutelage in Mexican cooking'.Now that I have your web site I will try all of your recipes.I love to cook ahead sometimes and I share meals with my next door neighbor , so this will be something exciting to look forward to.She will prolly take some of the food down to Greek-town Casino, in Detroit and share with the chef there. She has done that to me before with my various bean dishes .Black bean brownines went Talk about good have quite a wonderful show and I enjoyed your presence in your kitchen, you made it look simple and you seduced my appetite with the scintilating recipes.Take care for now Pati. Your friend , Devora

Devora | June 21, 2011 1:49 PM

Apparently.. We CAN-NOT say enough!!! About You & Your Show! Oh Goodness.. Pleeze keep the Recipe's coming! and OH' P.S. .. I Plan to Find,, and Buy,, your Book!! My 16 year old Daughter is/has been KICKING ME OUT OF THE KITCHEN!!! Soooo.. Thank You for THAT. TOOO. She is Totallly into Making Healthier Choices in Food!! She is an Artist.. And it seem's to SPILL OVER,,, in Everything she TRIES!!! and Does Very Well!!! Right down to the Garnishing of Scallion's, on top of her Dishes! OOOHH.. Thank You! It is JUST Hard to put into WORD'S,,, the Enthusiasm You have given Her to Get in the Kitchen,, and Give ANYTHING... a TRY!!! Loving It!! Ps.. We did have ONE,, "REALLY HOT" Batch of Pork Carnita's.. LOL... Like I told her.. Trial & Error... Now Ya Know!

I hope their will be many more Season's!!
Or PBS/CREATE CHANNEL.. Will have made A Bad Choice!! :* Ha Ha

Love,,, Your Vegas Girlzz, Paula & Chaise...

Paula & Chaise | July 20, 2011 2:57 PM

Awwwwwww, You Vegas girls!!! Thank you so much for your comments, for cooking the food and for your enthusiasm for my work. It just motivates me more ; )

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Paula & Chaise | July 20, 2011 7:31 PM

Thank you so much for this recipe!! My husband lived in South Texas for a time and introduced me to REAL Mexican food that has slowly made its way to Alabama. He had come in off of a night shift and caught part of your show so only made part of the recipe which was still great (we have made it several times since seeing it)!!! I saw the whole show last night and cannot wait to try it out with ALL the ingredients!!! He left out the tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro. But after a 12 hour shift at midnight, and then remembering it the next day and making it for dinner...I'LL TAKE IT!! It was still delicious!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

suzanne garrett | August 5, 2011 2:47 PM

Hola Suzanne, Please let me know how it goes! I am happy it was good, even without all the ingredients! Please write me if you have any questions. I'd love to help if I can :)

Pati Jinich replied to comment from suzanne garrett | August 8, 2011 11:40 AM

We tried it last night with ALL the ingredients, MUCH better!!! I like it because it is easy and we just about have all the ingredients in the house at one time every day. He just saw "Episode 104: Tomatillos" and Tomatillo and Lime Jam recipe so we are probably on our way to the farmers market this weekend!! Thank you so much for your show; we are also looking forward to trying Chilorio Burritas. I think I am going to put that one in the slow cooker while we are at the market. I even printed off the Cristina Potters' Refried Beans, although I am at a loss as to where to get the beans (there are no Rancho Gordo’s anywhere close to here). I may work with pintos just to try it. Thanks again for all the great recipes!!!!

suzanne garrett | August 11, 2011 3:08 PM

Tell me the best way to cook plain pinto beans. Most recipes say cooked pinto beans, but never give directions. I've tried several and they just aren't soft and good. Thanks Pati. Love your show. Caught it today for the first time.

Faye Germano | October 24, 2011 3:27 PM

Muchas Gracias for this recipe! My mom always makes these beans (she is from Yahualica, Jalisco) and they are so good but she never knows exactly how much of what she uses, she always says "al tanteo", and Im the kind of person that needs thank you for your recipes. I have seen your show y me encanta!

Isela | October 25, 2011 1:50 PM

Hola Isela, I grew up with everyone around me also cooking "al tanteo"!! So glad you like the show :)

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Isela | October 25, 2011 6:45 PM

Hi Pati! Just came across Paula Dean's episode on Food Network with you as her guest! After watching, I instantly searched for you online and came across your website! I'm SO excited to start watching your show and plan to purchase your book! I can't wait to start cooking and bring a little more FRESH REAL MEXICAN FOOD to South Dakota!! Thanks for all you do!

Laura | January 6, 2012 5:36 PM

I'm so glad you found me Laura! Thank you so much for coming to my website. If you have any requests, be sure to let me know!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Laura | January 13, 2012 2:28 PM

Finished making these beans today for lunch, this is the best high protein simple meal you can make for a family. I did use Mexican Chorizo. I am from Texas originally. I am currently living here in DC so I have tried Salvadorean Chorizo, Argentine Chorizo, Colombian Chorizo. These more closely resemble regular course sausage recipes, and lack flavor. Mexican Chorizo is hands down the best, and more closely follows the Spanish Recipe for Chorizo. If you have not tried Green Chorizo, originally from Toluca, are missing out.

Kevin Gately | January 29, 2012 2:21 PM

You are so right about Mexican Chorizo Kevin...It is my favorite! I love the green chorizo from Toluca too!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Kevin Gately | January 30, 2012 2:09 PM

Hi Pati
Just wondering, is there a link to the full episode or can you suggest a link to an article or website that explains more about food during the Mexican revolution? I am trying to write an essay about the role of food during the Mexican Revolution and it seems as if you know a lot about it.

Adge | February 20, 2012 2:08 PM

I can't find the recipe for your pinto beans!! Is there another link?

Juan | March 20, 2012 11:28 AM

Hola Juan, Here is the link for how to cook pinto the beans!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Juan | March 23, 2012 10:41 AM

this is so great. really like it!

Dexter Villerreal | May 5, 2012 2:16 PM