Crock pot spicy charro beans are an easy crock pot recipe and loaded with flavor. Made with pinto beans, bacon, onions, jalapeños, cilantro and more, these beans are the perfect side dish to complement any Mexican meal. Try them today.
If you’ve never had charro beans you’re missing out and will definitely want to make these beans. Charro beans are a classic Mexican dish, inspired by Mexican cowboys or charros. You’ll find Charro beans everywhere, and it’s no wonder. They’re delicious. They make a delicious side dish, and they’ll fill up even the bottomless pits that are teenagers. Trust me, I know from experience. Now that I live in Texas, charro beans have been a part of my life and are in my recipe rotation all the time. So, if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy pinto beans, then this is the recipe for you.
Crock Pot Spicy Charro Beans
This delicious recipe, like all charro beans, starts with pinto beans. Then they’re cooked in a spicy broth seasoned with tons of flavor and just the right amount of heat. After the slow cooker has done its thing, you’ll have a rich, spicy, flavorful bean dish that everyone will love. It’s almost impossible to say no to this spicy, earthy dish.
Why You’ll Love These Spicy Crock Pot Charro Beans
- They’re absolutely delicious and so easy to make.
- They make a great side dish to any Mexican recipe or are a meal by themselves.
- They’re a hearty, flavorful lunch or dinner recipe the whole family will enjoy.
- It’s important to sort and soak your beans for the best flavor and quality.
- Be sure your beans have at least 2 inches of water above them when soaking. They’ll absorb the water over their several-hour soak.
- Use chorizo in place of or in addition to bacon.
- Chunks of ham are delicious in this recipe.
- For a beefy twist, use oxtails in this recipe.
To Soak or Not to Soak
Soaking beans drastically reduces the amount of time they need to cook, ensures the best flavor, and produces fewer split or burst beans. That being said, in many cases, it’s not required. You’ll just have to cook them longer.
What to Serve with Spicy Crock Pot Charro Beans
These charro beans are a classic side that goes with any of your Mexican favorites. Serve them with:
- Mexican cornbread
- Carne Asada
- Any of your favorite Mexican dishes
What are charro beans?
Charro beans, also called frijoles charros are Mexican pinto beans. They’re named after Mexican cowboys, or charros. They’re a stewed bean recipe made with pinto beans, garlic, bacon, and broth as a base. Other ingredients such as chili peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, ham, sausage, pork, or chorizo may also be added.
What’s the difference between charro beans and borracho beans?
The dishes are almost the same. The main difference is that charro beans are made with broth or water while borracho beans are cooked in beer. In fact, borracho beans literally translates to drunken beans.
Why do you have to soak beans?
Soaking dried beans drastically reduces their cooking time, improves their flavor and texture, and cuts down on the amount of beans that split or burst.
How long will charro beans last in the fridge?
You can store them in an air-tight container for up to 10 days.
Can you overcook beans in a slow cooker?
You can. Even in a slow cooker, beans can be cooked for too long. If that happens, you’ll end up with a crockpot full of mushy, broken beans.
Can you freeze charro beans?
Yes. They’ll last for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.
How to Store and Reheat Spicy Crock Pot Charro Beans
Store these beans in an airtight container for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze them in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
To reheat the beans, add them to a saucepan with about ¼ cup of water or broth and cook over low heat, stirring often, until heated through.
Spicy Crock Pot Charro Beans Ingredients
You only need simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store. No specialty ingredients are needed.
- Dried pinto beans
- Cloves garlic
- Garlic salt
- Ground cumin
- Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
- Black pepper
- Chili powder
- Vegetable broth
- Beef broth
- Chopped cilantro
- Optional: green onions, avocado, and sour cream for topping
How to Make Spicy Crock Pot Charro Beans
Making these beans couldn’t be easier. It only takes a few simple steps, and the crock pot does most of the work!
Step 1: Prep
Sort and rinse the beans, removing any debris or marred beans. Then, add them to a large bowl and cover them with water, ensuring that the water is at least 2 inches above the beans. Soak overnight. When ready to make the beans, spray a 6 to 8-quart crock pot with nonstick spray and turn on low.
Step 2: Make the Bacon
Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces and fry until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a plate lined with paper towels.
Step 3: Cook the Beans
Add the beans, chopped bacon, onions, garlic, jalapenos, seasonings, Rotel, vegetable broth, beef broth, and water to the crock pot. Stir and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 6 to 8 hours. About an hour before the beans are done, stir in the cilantro.
Top with sour cream, green onions, and avocado and serve with your favorite Mexican meal!
Try These Spicy Crock Pot Charro Beans Today
These spicy crock pot charro beans are a classic Mexican side dish that any lover of Mexican food will love. First off, they’re rich, full of flavor, and have a nice kick of heat that you just can’t beat. Also, whether you’re serving them for family dinner or bringing them to a potluck, everyone will come back for more!Therefore, give these a try, and I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
More Delicious Mexican Food Recipes You’ll Enjoy
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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad – This delicious pasta salad is made with fresh corn on the cob, pasta, and all the delicious flavors of Mexican street corn.
Mexican Tamale Pie – This recipe combines two classic favorites – enchilada and tamales. It starts out with a layer of cornbread baked and then topped with meat, corn, black olives, diced green chilies, enchilada sauce and covered with cheese.
And, here are some Mini Chicken Tacos, from Deliciously Seasoned, that you will enjoy as well.
Crock Pot Spicy Charro Beans
- 1 pound dried pinto beans, soak over night
- 8 slices bacon, cooked until crispy
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 jalapeños, seeds removed, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama® seasoning
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 10 ounce can Rotel®
- 32 ounce vegetable broth
- 14.5 ounce can beef broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
- Optional: green onions, avocado, sour cream for topping
- Sort and remove any debris from beans then rinse and add to pan. Add water making sure beans are completely covered with 2 additional inches of water on top.
- Lightly spray a 6-8 quart crock pot with a non stick spray and turn to low.
- Cut bacon into one inch pieces and fry until crispy. Remove from pan and drain grease on plate lined with paper towels.
- Once beans have soaked overnight, drain beans and place in crock pot. Next add chopped bacon, onions, garlic, jalapeños, seasonings, Rotel®, vegetable broth, beef broth and water to crock pot. Stir and cook on low 10-12 hours or high 6-8 hours.
- Stir cilantro into beans one hour before they are done.
- Serve with your favorite Mexican meal.
- Top with sour cream, green onions and avocado for added flavor.
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