Charro Beans

Charro Beans
Photo: Romulo Yanes


Makes: 12 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe Time

Prep: 8 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 97
Fat 1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 275 mg
Calcium 57 mg


1 slice thick-cut bacon
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes, diced
3 15-oz. cans no-salt-added pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups unsalted vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
3 cups chopped fresh cilantro leaves, stems and roots


1. In a large saucepot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble. Add garlic to same pot, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Stir in crumbled bacon, tomatoes, beans, broth, salt, pepper and half of cilantro. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover slightly, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in remaining cilantro.