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Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans

Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce.Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adLike everyone else, I have ‘sides’ to my family, my mom’s side and my dad’s side. Then I was even luckier, I had my stepmom’s side and my stepdad’s side as well. Each of these ‘sides’ all come with an incredible amount of food memories.

Food is the one thing that the majority of our family memories are weaved around. I’m lucky in that I have four sides, and when I was really young, there were the extended family ‘sides’; my grandfather’s family and my grandmother’s family, both on my dad’s side. I have no memories of my maternal grandfather’s side, and two memories of my maternal grandmother’s side. None for my step sides, other than my stepmom’s grandmother.

Sadly, I have all of one stand-out food memory associated with my Italian grandmother’s side, and that is her brother, my Uncle Johnny, serving me Chinese Almond Cookies. We’d also get together at her sister’s house occasionally, but those meals are a blank in my mind now, I only remember playing with my younger cousins Brian and Brad. However, my grandfather’s side of the family, that’s a different story altogether.
Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adMy grandfather’s family came from Mexico. Until I was maybe 10 or 11, once or twice a year we’d go over to my great-grandma’s place where my entire extended family would gather. My grandfather had 14 siblings, I am ashamed to not remember each name now. Most are gone now, like my grandfather. I’m not even going to attempt to figure out how many people would be at the Adam’s house, but each of those siblings all had kids, who had kids, except for one uncle. It was a true party. And of course, the heart of the party was always the meal.

Not every meal was authentic Mexican food. We had plenty of gatherings where hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled, or fried chicken was served. But every meal, without exception, whether burgers and dogs or tamales and carne asada, there was rice and beans, not refried beans either. A big, bubbling pot of charro beans, a term I only learned about a decade or so ago. Beans this style were just frijoles.

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I’d walk into the kitchen and there would be a gaggle of women; aunts, cousins, my grandma, and once she joined the family, my stepmom, all in that tiny space working on something. The majority of my life I was sent to stir the pot of beans. I doubt they needed to be stirred, but I was given a task, I was being taught to be helpful, and I was included in meal preparation. There were plenty of times I never bothered to go into the kitchen, I would get caught up playing with cousins and just be called when it was time to eat. More often than not, I would go in, just to check on the beans but not stay long. Just imagine the volume in that small kitchen with at least 8, if not 12 women in there, all telling stories and talking over each other, it could get ear splitting.

Back then, not only did I learn to stir a pot of beans, but I learned how to stretch a dollar to feed a crowd. Skills that have come in handy more than once in my adult life, particularly when entertaining. That’s where my local Smith’s Store comes into play. They have awesome food at low prices. I do my best to plan my meals around their sales and promotions to save even more.Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adIf you’ve been reading TCS for any time, you know I love food, almost all foods: American, Mexican, Latin of all kinds, Italian, Asian of all kinds, Indian, and so on. I appreciate that my local Smith’s has really made it one-stop shopping when I want to create any cuisine, whether I am looking to make another chicken dinner, or I am digging back into my family roots, like making these authentic Mexican easy charro beans using canned beans.

These easy Charro Beans with canned beans are quite perfect for a random Tuesday night dinner, or any big party (fiesta) you may have on the calendar. Simple and basic ingredients that won’t break our budgets, but so delicious, you’ll swear they came from a restaurant. As a side dish for dinner, this recipe will easily feed 6 to 8 people. If you’re making this recipe as a potluck/sharing dish for a party, it will go a lot further than 6-8 people because if your family gatherings are anything like mine, food will be aplenty and most individuals will take smaller portions of everything in order to eat more of everything.

Also about this recipe for easy charro beans with canned beans, I only used 1 jalapeño, but please, use as many as you’d like. My daughter wouldn’t eat this if it had any more heat than that one pepper provided. My palate really could have used 2 peppers, and my friends said they could have done with 4 or 5 in there. I wrote the recipe for 1-3 peppers, but use your discretion on how many you want. Also, if you’re vegetarian/vegan and want to omit the bacon, go head. There will be a bit less smoky flavor. You could add a bit of smoked paprika or even a tiny bit of liquid smoke. But these charro beans will still be excellent without bacon.Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adEasy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adEasy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos ad

Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans

Course: Beans
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 3-15.5 oz cans Kroger brand Pinto Beans
  • 4 oz thick cut bacon , in slices; chopped (about 4 slices)
  • 1-14.5 oz can Kroger brand Fire-Roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1-3 jalapeños; seeds and veins removed; minced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves; minced/grated
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro; chopped divided equally

Instructions

  1. Place a large, heavy bottom pot on the stove, heat over medium heat.
  2. Chop the bacon, or use kitchen shears to make small pieces and brown in the heated pot for about 3 minutes, just as it begins to render fat and start to cook.
  3. Add the chopped onion, stir well and often with the bacon until the onions begin to cook and deepen in color, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and jalapeño, stir constantly so the garlic doesn't burn, but does brown and everything becomes aromatic, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the canned tomatoes with juices, scraping the bottom of the pan to get all the stuck on bits up.
  6. Add the beans and liquid, half of the chopped cilantro, black pepper, and bay leaf (s).
  7. Bring to a high simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once bubbling nicely, reduce the heat to low, taste for seasoning, if needed, add salt to taste, a bit at time.
  9. Cover, and keep on warm for 20 minutes, giving all the flavors time to come together.
  10. When ready to serve, garnish with the remaining chopped cilantro.

Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adMaking this authentic Mexican easy charro beans with canned beans instead of dried beans was to speed up the process. However, Smith’s has dried pintos available and by all means, soak, boil, and then prepare this recipe. I opted for convenience and I love the liquid that comes with the canned beans when making this recipe. Plus, while I value the moments I experienced stirring the big pot of frijoles as kid in my great-grandmother’s kitchen, I now value the time spent with friends and family enjoying the frijoles. So whichever way you go, canned or dried beans, Smith’s has you covered. To find your local store, click here.Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adI stopped by the floral department for some flowers to just perk up my place. I was leaning towards tulips or a nice spring bouquet, but Elizabeth spotted these brightly-hued daisies and HAD to have them. They are bright and cheerful, so that’s what we picked up. They are so fun and honestly match our personality of loud and colorful. Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adEasy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos adEasy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos ad

My local Smith’s helped me get my meal together, to help me create the moments that matter most to me. With low prices and convenience, how might they help you create the moments that matter most to you?Easy Charro Beans with Canned Beans ~ Authentic Mexican charro beans, made quick and easy using canned beans and tomatoes, bacon, and fresh produce ~ The Complete Savorist #RecetasParaMomentos ad

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 20, 2016 at 4:49 am

    O these sound delicious! Love all the smoky flavor!

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      June 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

      That’s my favorite part, those smoky flavors.

      • Dave
        June 22, 2016 at 7:01 am

        I’m a completr novice. When do you add the beans?

  • Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
    June 20, 2016 at 7:09 am

    This looks amazing! I’m such a bean fanatic I’ve got to try this new-to-me dish! <3

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      June 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Hope you get the opportunity to try them, they are fabulous (if I do say so myself.)

  • Diana Johnson
    June 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

    What a delicious recipe! I love the story that goes with it!

  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    June 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I would seriously reach for those beans first at EVERY party!

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    June 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    This looks like such a great side dish!!

  • Lauren
    June 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I LOVE Charro Beans! I always order it as a side when eating Mexican

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    June 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love using canned beans and always have a nice selection in my pantry. Enough so that I think I can make your recipe tonight! Looks great!

  • Florentina
    June 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    We love beans around here any time of the year. I love the fire roasted addition in there, such a nice layer of flavors.

  • Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    June 20, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I’m the bean lover at my house so I’m TOTALY over the moon about this 😀 It’s like my perfect side dish to every meal. Love that you can make it with canned ingredients, too!

  • Debra C.
    June 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Not much better than a pot a beans – love your recipe, looks just terrific!

  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    June 21, 2016 at 5:51 am

    What great memories of cooking with your family! 🙂 And these beans look fabulous and so flavorful.

  • Debra A Attinella
    June 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I love family food memories – this dish looks great!

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    June 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Beans are my ultimate bbq summer food! My hubs would go crazy over these!

  • Carloyn
    July 4, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    This bean dish was divine!! If by some miracle you have leftovers like we did, it took my last ditch effort dinner of baked potatoes the following day to a whole new level of YUM! Thanks Michelle!

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      July 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Over baked potatoes seems like a delicious way to finish them off.