We lived in the panhandle of Texas for a few years and loved to eat at a Mexican restaurant called Abuelos in Amarillo. They have DELICIOUS charro beans! Since we no longer live there we decided to search for a similar recipe to make at home. We customized this recipe to be made in our beloved Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) but you could definitely make them in a crock pot. So…what the heck are Charro beans? I went to Wikipedia for help in explaining. 🙂 “Frijoles charros (cowboy beans) is a traditional Mexican dish. It is named after the traditional Mexican cowboy horsemen, or charros. The dish is characterized by pinto beans stewed with onion, garlic, and bacon. Other common ingredients include chili peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, ham, sausage, pork and chorizo. It is served warm, and is usually of a soupy consistency.” Beans, onion, garlic and BACON? I’m feeling pretty good about that.
When we made this for the first time our little boy…who LOVES beans…kept saying, “Who made the beans? Thanks for the beans!” He had seconds and loved every bit. The rest of our family loves them as well. Not too spicy. You can make them hotter with more jalapeno…or more mild with less. This heat is just right for us.