Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros or Mexican Cowboy Beans - Slender Kitchen

Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros or Mexican Cowboy Beans

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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.

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Slow Cooker Frijoles Charros or Mexican Cowboy Beans

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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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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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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.

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