Charro beans are a delicious traditional Mexican side dish. Perfect for potlucks, quick lunches, or dinners. Spice up your meal with my Instant Pot Charro Beans that’ll fill your family with a hearty, spicy, and savory dish with a touch of Mexican flavor!
Beans work incredibly well in the pressure cooker. Our no-soak Instant Pot Charro Beans recipe will have you serving up delicious beans with tons of flavor and minimal effort. No more beans from a can!
Why You’ll Love Our Easy Charro Beans Recipe
- Quick and easy. I mentioned this already, right? All you do is throw the ingredients in your Instant Pot, set it to cook, and walk away. Beans are perfectly cooked and ready on time, every single time. No reason to boil beans and the entire recipe is finished in an hour.
- No Soak Beans Recipe. No complicated steps or things to remember here.
- One Pot Meal. Easy cleanup and everything you need for a comforting meal in one pan.
- Versatile. This is an incredibly hearty dish you can use as your main dish or served as a side.
- Restaurant Quality Food. You don’t have to be a professional chef to enjoy Mexican food at home and these delicious ingredients can all be found in your grocery store.
Why are They Called Charro Beans?
Traditional Mexican cowboys were called “Charros” and are credited with this recipe, similar to Borracho Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans, or Frijoles Charros.
Equipment Needed to Make Charro Beans Recipe
Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe
- Dry Pinto Beans. You can make the same recipe with black beans but may need to adjust the amount of water according to the package directions and reduce the cooking time.
- Onion. Medium white onion or yellow onion.
- Verde Green Salsa. The Frontera brand is particularly good!
- Jalapeño Pepper.
- Fresh Cilantro. Small dice work best in this recipe.
- Minced Garlic. Use real cloves of garlic and a garlic press for the best flavor.
- Chili Powder.
- Black Pepper.
- Vegetable Bouillon. Three teaspoons or three cubes.
- Bacon. Cooked and chopped into small pieces.
How To Make Charro Beans Instant Pot Method
Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.
Step One. Sort the beans.
Remove any broken, shriveled, or misshapen beans and rinse.
Step Two. Fill the pressure cooker.
Add the beans, water, and remaining ingredients except bacon to the Instant Pot.
Step Three. Start the Instant Pot Charro Beans
Set it to “manual” or the beans setting and high pressure for forty-five minutes.
Step Four. Naturally Release the Instant Pot.
Allow the pressure cooker to release pressure naturally for fifteen minutes once it has finished cooking.
Step Five. Vent and release the beans.
After fifteen minutes, release any remaining steam.
Step Six. Add bacon to your Charro Beans recipe.
While the beans cook, cook the diced bacon. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and let the bacon grease drain on a paper towel. When the cooking process is complete, add the chopped bacon to the beans. It gives the beans a great smoky flavor.
How to Serve Charro Beans?
I like adding garnishes to this easy bean recipe. Diced Roma tomatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, pico de gallo, diced jalapenos, cotija or cheddar cheese, and fresh chopped cilantro.
These beans make a great side dish with these great recipes for Mexican cuisine recipes:
- Leftover Brisket Tacos Recipe
- Green Mole Chicken Enchiladas
- Chipotle Chicken Tacos
- Beef Empanadas
- Shrimp Tacos
- Chicken Fajitas
For a full meal, add Mexican rice, warm tortillas, and a nice Mexican beer!
- Make Charro Mexican-style Bean soup, – Add 7 to 8 cups of water and 5 bouillon cubes.
- Replace 1 or 2 cups of the water with beer and you’ll have Drunken Beans.
- Water and bouillon cubes can be replaced with an equal amount of flavorful broth, such as chicken or vegetable broth.
- We like thick-cut bacon. Mexican chorizo or vegan chorizo can be substituted. To make a hearty dinner, add pork or chopped ham similar to what we did with our Pork Green Chili Recipe.
- This recipe uses jalapeno peppers. You can combine different varieties of peppers, including Serrano for more heat or mild poblano peppers and the beans still taste great. You could also use a can of green chiles for convenience.
- For the vegetarian version, omit the bacon.
- Use your spice preference. Cayenne or crushed red pepper will give this Mexican version bean recipe a kick. I also often use Mexican dried oregano. Add a bay leaf that can lighten up a hearty dish.
- Adding pork, beef, and chicken are all great additions to your pot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it better to soak beans before cooking in the Instant Pot?
No. It is not necessary to soak pinto beans for this recipe. The pressure cooker will cook your beans evenly and perfectly. Soaked beans will split open under pressure and should not be cooked in the Instant Pot.
Can you overcook beans in the Instant Pot?
Yes. That’s why if your beans aren’t quite cooked at the end of the recipe time, you should only add more time in five-minute increments. Do not overcook your beans, because they will become mushy and soft. Beans that are falling apart have been overcooked and will not keep well as leftovers.
Is it possible to make vegan Frijoles Charros without bacon fat and lard?
Yes. Bacon is an optional ingredient in this dish.
Are jalapeno peppers essential in Frijoles Charros, or can they be omitted if someone doesn’t like heat?
Use a milder variety such as poblano or anaheim peppers.
How To Reheat & Store Charro Beans
Best Way to Store Instant Pot Charro Beans
Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The beans will keep for up to five days.
Can I freeze Charro Beans?
Yes. You can freeze your cooked charro beans for up to three months. It’s easiest to reheat the beans if you freeze individual servings in airtight containers. If you freeze a large amount, place it in an oven-safe pan to freeze, and then thaw and reheat it directly in the oven.
How to reheat Charro Beans?
Reheat your beans in the microwave for thirty seconds at a time until they are hot or put them in a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop and stir occasionally until heated through.
Tips for the Perfect Charro Beans Recipe
If beans are hard after cooking, place them under pressure and cook for 5 additional minutes. In order to restart your pressure cooker right away, it will be ideal if you use a fresh sealing ring. Once the sealing ring gets hot, it expands and it is harder for it to create a seal in the Instant Pot. Using a cold seal can help.
Next time you cook a ham or ham steak, chop up the leftovers and put them in the freezer for this delicious recipe.
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