Pappasito's Cantina Frijoles a la Charra


  • 1 1/2 pounds pinto beans, uncooked
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 3/4 pound bacon pieces, chopped into 1-inch squares
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • 4 Tbsp plus 1/8 cup cilantro, chopped fine
  • 1 cup white onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 gallon cold water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cups Roma tomatoes, chopped


Soak beans in 1 gallon cold water for 8 hours. Drain when ready to use.

In a 2 gallon heavy pot cook the bacon pieces until well done. Do not undercook the bacon. Add 1/2 cup chopped garlic, 3 Tbsp cilantro and the chopped onions to hot bacon. Cook until onions are transparent. When onions are ready, add beans, cumin and chili powder. Stir and add 1/2 gallon cold water. Turn heat to medium low. Add salt and stir. Cook beans slowly until fork tender (approximately 1 hour), stirring constantly to avoid burning.

Add tomatoes, remaining garlic and cilantro. Serve.

Makes 4

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