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Quick Charro Beans

Quick Charro Beans

Quick Charro Beans are a super crowd pleaser, extra tasty … and only take 5 minutes to make, with ingredients most people always have on hand

Quick Charro Beans are ideal for a quick, incredibly tasty side dish – this takes all of 5 minutes to prepare. Plus this is a great dish when you’ve got the family trapped in the house for weeks at a time (like most of us now). The canned beans keep in the pantry forever, and most of us have bacon in the freezer and plenty of onion and garlic (or at least garlic powder). Personally, I’m finding I’m going through onion and garlic faster than usual, but they generally keep well for over a month.

Pinto a la DiablaMost charro bean recipes use fresh jalapeno or serrano peppers, but the Bush’s Cocina Latina Pintos a la Diabla have plenty already in the sauce. It’s definitely spicy, and there’s lots of that spicy tomato sauce already on the beans when you open the can. The sauce is moderately thick; some charro bean recipes have a thinner sauce, almost like a broth. I invented this recipe because I already had a can of the Pintos a la Diabla in my pantry; I opened the can, tasted the sauce, and realized it was basically perfect for a quick charro bean dish.

I’ve been planning to publish a charro bean recipe for about 10 year, and a request from one of our readers finally got me off my butt. Thanks, Deb! I’ve also made a from-scratch charro bean recipe that I’ll publish in a couple weeks. They’re a bit different, but probably equally as good. Hope you like this one!

Quick Charro Beans
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 30 oz can Bush's Cocina Latina Pintos a la Diabla
  • 6 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, minced)
  1. In a medium saucepan, start browning the bacon over medium heat, separating the pieces with a fork while it cooks. When bacon is about halfway cooked after 2-3 minutes, add the onion and continue cooking about 3 more minutes or until onion is soft and bacon fully cooked.
  2. If using fresh garlic, add the garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Dump the can of beans in; if you did not already add garlic, put garlic powder in now and stir well to blend. Heat thoroughly and serve.


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