I love Mexican-style soupy beans, but I have a problem. Do I make Charros (named after the Mexican cowboys of Northern Mexico)? Or will it be Frijoles Borrachos, which are, literally, drunken beans? The only real difference is the addition of beer to get those beans tipsy. Both versions are equally delicious Mexican bean recipes, but I can’t choose which dish I like better. Consequently, I just mashed both recipes together to come up with this frijoles charros receta fácil. That’s Spanish for an easy charro beans recipe, in case you didn’t know.

a note* If you don’t do pork, you can find chicken chorizo and leave out the bacon. But you can’t leave out the beer.

Drunk Charros

easy charro beans recipe

serves 10-12 as a side dish


1 lb dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked over
1/2 lb double-smoked bacon
1/2 lb Mexican Chorizo (raw, Mexican chorizo sausage, not the dried Spanish chorizo)
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic
1 large jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped (more to taste if you want it spicy)
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp Mexican oregano
1 tbsp crushed epazote
2 bay leaves
1 tsp kosher salt
2 canned chipotle chilis in adobo, minced
2 cups Mexican beer like Dos Equis or another lager
3 cups chicken stock
1 can Rotel


Hit sauté on your pressure cooker and when the pan is hot, throw in the bacon and fry until it starts to brown. At that point, remove the chorizo meat from the casing and add that in. Continue to fry for a few more minutes until the meat is cooked and then add in the onion. Saute for another 5 minutes until the onion is softened, add in the jalapeños, garlic, cumin, oregano, epazote and cook for one more minute. Now add in the pinto beans, bay leaves, salt, chipotle chilis, beer, chicken stock and Rotel and give it all a good stir.

Close up the lid and hit 45 minutes on manual at high pressure. When the time is up, let it NPR (at least ten minutes and then be careful releasing the steam because beans can cause a mess if you release the pressure too soon). Check your beans and if they are not soft, close them back up and program them for another five minutes, NPR for ten minutes, check again and continue to cook in five-minute increments until the beans are nice and soft.

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When they are fully cooked to your liking, hit saute and simmer the beans for another five minutes or so. To serve, scatter the top with freshly chopped cilantro. You can also add a drizzle crema or sour cream, serve on its own, over rice or with tortilla chips.