Authentic Mexican Frijoles Charros

Nothing says authentic Mexican like Frijoles Charros. If you’re looking to make a special dish for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, then these beans will make your party a sure hit. Chances are that if you ask your mom or aunt to make these, the recipe will differ because people have been perfecting and customizing this recipe for years. Some people like them really spicy and some like them mild, but one thing is for sure, that they are packed with flavor!

This recipe has chorizo and bacon and a healthier alternative to these two ingredients would be soy chorizo and turkey bacon, but it’s really up to you. If you want them extra meaty, then you can add chicharron (pork grinds) or pieces of pork. Others use guajillo chiles to make the color and flavor more vibrant, but this recipe uses serranos, which could be more on the spicy side.

Frijoles Charros

Authentic Frijoles Charros

1 cup of pinto beans

5 strips of thick center cut bacon

4 ounces of Mexican chorizo

4 Roma tomatoes

4 serrano peppers

1/2 large onion, diced

1 clove of garlic

1 cup of beer

1 cup of diced cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste