Friday, June 22, 2012

Crock-Pot Charro Beans

I promise I don't eat and blog about food all day.  Here's another recipe I've been meaning to add for a while now!  Along with Spanish rice, my mom also taught me how to make beans in the crock-pot.  Good combo, huh?  We like beans.  We like beans a lot.  We eat them often in our house because they're easy to make, tasty and cheap!  I always think of that rotisserie cooker commercial: "set it and forget it!" It's convenient to jumble a bunch of food together, throw it in the crock-pot and come back to a cooked meal.  Enjoy!

1 16oz pkg pinto beans
1 can mild Rotel or diced tomatoes
1-2 cups beef broth
bell pepper (optional)
bacon (optional)
salt, pepper, cumin, garlic salt
brown sugar (not so secret anymore ingredient)

Sift through the beans to take out any rocks.  Soak in a bowl of water for 15-30 minutes and rinse.

Dice onion, bell pepper, and bacon and add to crock-pot.  (Some people might prefer cooking the bacon a little bit in a skillet before adding it.)

Add broth, then add water until it reaches a couple of inches from the top of the crock-pot.  You can add more or less water depending on the consistency you like. I like a lot of "juice" because I like to add a little bit of butter to it when I eat them. 

Add desired spices, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  (I know there aren't many measurements of ingredients in this recipe; I usually "eye" everything, sorry!)

"Set it and forget it!" Cook 6-8 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.  I think it's hard to overcook beans, so even if you forget about them, they should still be good.

*Add the Rotel or tomatoes the last 30 minutes or so of cooking.  The tomatoes might become rubbery if they're in the crock-pot the whole time.

If needed, add more spices to taste.

Enjoy with tortillas or cornbread.  This makes a lot of beans, so we'll usually have them the next day for leftovers in burritos or a taco salad.  We like to call our daughter, Maevri, our little beaner.  She can definitely put away a couple of servings of beans for a meal.  Maybe your kiddos or familia will like them too!  And it's okay, she's Hispanic, so we can call her that ;) 

(There are two, 16oz bags of beans cooking in this picture if it looks like a lot!)



  1. Yummmy this recipe and the previous are one just like my Mamaw's soooo good:)

  2. DEF going to try this one! We are looking to slim our grocery bill as much as possible so i'm REVAMPING the menu plan a TON! In July we are eating out of our pantry almost exclusively so this should get interesting!

  3. I have never made charro beans either.. eeeek! BAD TEXAN! I know.. I will be making them soon. :)

  4. ok, this officially makes me hungry...