Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros or Mexican Cowboy Beans

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186 CALORIES 33g CARBS 7g FAT 16g PROTEIN
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Frijoles charros, which means Cowboy beans, are a typical Mexican bean dish usually made with ham hocks, bacon, and chroizo and infused with chiles, onions, and garlic to create a deep, rich, delicious flavor. They are a dish that my boyfriend constantly searches for on menus all over town, and that until this batch, I couldn’t quite get right. However, I finally developed a recipe that is both lightened up for me and reminds him of the beans he used to eat in Mexico City. To lighten it up, I only used bacon and infused a lot of additional flavors with garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices. These beans are stew like and are delicious as a side dish or served over brown rice for a yummy rice and beans. I like to serve mine with some fresh chopped cilantro on top.
The Recipe
Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros or Mexican Cowboy Beans

Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros or Mexican Cowboy Beans

PREP TIME: 10 Min
COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 Hours, 10 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb dry pinto beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 U onion, diced
  • 2 U jalapenos, diced and seeded
  • 3 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 U tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 U pieces bacon
  • 1 U green pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth, boiling ( or vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

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Instructions

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1

Chop the bacon slices into small pieces and saute until crispy in a small pan.

2

In your slow cooker, add the beans, onions, jalapenos, pepper, tomatoes, garlic, salt, cumin, and oregano.

3

Cover the beans with about 6 cups of boiling chicken or vegetable broth. You could also use water but I like the additional flavor of broth. Make sure the water is boiling – this essentially eliminates the need to soak the beans overnight and is a good trick when cooking beans in the crockpot.

4

Add in the crispy bacon and the bacon drippings from the pan. Stir together and cook on low for 6-8 hours until beans are soft and tender.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup (213g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 387mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate 33g
11%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Notes

Tip: These beans are delicious just as is, but also make a great refried bean. Simply mash together and reheat in a pan for a quick and simple refried bean that is full of flavor.
† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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