Mexican Frijoles Charros

Here you have a super easy and delicious Mexican recipe,  Frijoles Rancheros, they are usually served with Carne Asada or Discada! And they are so full of flavor and so easy to make, I really hope you can give them a try.

  • 500 g pinto beans
  • 250 g turkey ham (cut in small pieces)
  • 250 g Turkey franks ( cut in small pieces)
  • 250 g Bacon ( chopped)
  • 170 g Chorizo
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ½ an Onion
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Tomatoes (diced)
  • 3 Serrano Peppers (diced)
  • Chopped Cilantro (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste) 

Sort out the beans. Remove dirt, rock or bad (broken) beans from the package.   Place the beans in a large pot, rinse them with cold water.  (if you like, you can soak the beans in water, soak them overnight or for a couple of hours.)

I don't like soaking my beans, so I skip that step. After you rinse the beans, now in the same pot add half an onion, one garlic clove and one bay leaf, add plenty of salt and add plenty of boiling water.  Now cook this on high heat for about 50 minutes or until the beans are about 10-15 minutes short from the tenderness that you like.

(Check the beans from time to time, to make sure they still have plenty of water, if you need to add more water, feel free to do so!)

In the meantime, in a large skillet on medium-high heat, add a bit of oil, and cook the bacon for about five minutes or until browned and crisp on all sides. Then discard the oil from the skillet, and right there in the same skillet with the bacon add in the Chorizo, use a spoon to break down the chorizo into small pieces, and cook the chorizo with the bacon for about 8-10 minutes or until the chorizo is well cooked.
After that, add in the chopped Turkey franks, and the chopped turkey ham, stir until well combined, and continue to cook on medium high heat for five more minutes. Then add in the chopped onion, stir and cook for two more minutes to soften the onion.   Now add in the chopped tomatoes and chopped serrano peppers, cook for 2 more minutes. Then taste the flavor add salt and pepper if needed and once you are happy with the flavor, just set this mixture aside until you are ready to use it.

After 50 minutes, the beans should be almost done.  Make sure they still have plenty of water, and feel free to add more water if needed.  Now remove the onion, bay leaf and garlic from the pot.  Now into the pot we will add the Chorizo mixture,  also add cilantro to taste, give it a stir, then taste the flavor, add more salt and pepper if needed.

Continue to cook for another 15 more minutes or until the beans have the texture that you like.  If you want them to be super tender continue to cook them for 20 more minutes.

Once they are ready, you can serve them.