Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros) recipe

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2 (15.5 ounce) cans pinto beans, undrained
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®), drained
1 cup cubed cooked ham
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
ground black pepper to taste
1 dash hot sauce, or to taste

Nutrition Info

193.7 calories
carbohydrate: 25.2 g
cholesterol: 12.6 mg
fat: 5.4 g
fiber: 7.5 g
protein: 11.8 g
saturatedFat: 1.7 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 913.2 mg
sugar: 0.6 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Combine pinto beans, tomatoes with green chile peppers, ham, cilantro, red onion, garlic, black pepper, and hot sauce in a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Recipe Note

This is a tasty, zesty side dish that can easily become a main meal. Serve soupy with warm flour tortillas or crusty bread, crumble corn bread on top, or scoop up with tortilla chips. Like mac and cheese, it's a great comfort food. It is easy to make because it doesn't require constant attention and is good for everything from a family meal to a football party. It can easily be doubled. Check flavor before serving and alter seasonings to taste if necessary. Top with more onion and cilantro as desired. If there are any leftovers, they hold up well and taste great the next day.

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