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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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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