Receta: Frijoles Charros

A recipe for “Cowboy Beans” from my students–or maybe I should have translated “charros” as “mariachi”. Mariachi Beans, then. Bonus points for identifying imperative (imperativo) verb forms.

bacon (tocino)
Mexican sausage (chorizo)
pork ribs (costillas)
ham (jamón)
weiners (salchichas)
onion (cebolla)
garlic (ajo) optional
hot pepper (chiles) jalapeños, yellow, green, or red
beans (2 pounds for 6 people)

boil 2 lbs. pinto beans in water with a little salt for two hours
cut meat, tomato, onion, chili pepper into small (1″ or less) cubes
put oil in a frying pan
fry the bacon 5 minutes
add the ribs, and fry 5 minutes longer
add the rest of the meat and vegetables and heat
when beans are soft, add the meat and vegetables to the beans
mix everything together

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2 Responses to “Receta: Frijoles Charros”

  1. EZP Says:

    NO! NO! Charros are not mariachis! The terms are NOT interchangeable. A charro is a cowboy and a mariachi is a musician. Frijoles charros were developed from the cooking in the fields when the hacienda cooks had to cook for the charros who were tending the horses and cows.

  2. Nijma Says:

    Oh, is that why they laughed?

    But, but, but,…charro suits.

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