The entire family will enjoy this warm and cozy Charro Beans with Rice recipe made in a slow cooker! Everyone will love the irresistible aroma of charro beans, nutty Mahatma® Brown Rice and the bold flavors of chorizo and bacon.
Soak beans in water for at least 6 hours or overnight; drain.
In a large skillet set over medium heat, cook bacon for 3 to 5 minutes or until fat is rendered and bacon starts to brown around the edges.
Stir in ham, onion, jalapeño, garlic, oregano, paprika and cumin; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are slightly softened. Transfer to bowl of slow cooker.
Stir in beans, chicken broth, water, tomatoes, tomato paste, diced chipotle, adobo sauce, salt and pepper.
Prick chorizo sausages with a fork. Ensure chorizo is not packed in plastic casing and casing is edible. If inedible, remove casing entirely. Add to slow cooker; cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or until beans are very tender.
Cook brown rice according to package directions.
Charro beans, also known as frijoles charros or “cowboy” beans, are a staple ingredient for authentic Mexican meals. Getting their name from the cowboys who used to eat them, these beans deliver aromatic flavor and keep you full and satisfied for hours.
They are a traditional dish, normally accompanied by sauteed onion and garlic, fresh tomato and tender meat (usually bacon and chorizo, but sometimes ham and sausage). This hearty dish, with a side of fluffy, perfectly cooked Mahatma® Brown Rice leaves everyone satisfied. The combination of flavors is perfect for any family gathering and is a staple next to many traditional Mexican dishes!
Want more hearty and delicious bean recipes? Be sure to try this comforting One-Pot Stew with Fish and Beans, a taco Tuesday wonder like this Rice and Beans Taco Dorados or a Southern favorite of Bourbon Street Red Beans and Rice Dip. Find more recipes like this one with these 4 Savory Rice and Bean Recipes.
Using a slow cooker may take a bit longer to get the job done, but it comes with various perks! The first is that when meat, beans, rice or other ingredients are added that have a fairly long cook time, they are perfectly tender when finished. Secondly, a slow cooker allows recipes to release an abundance of flavorful aromas that fill the kitchen with comforting smells. Lastly, you can complete tasks on your to-do list while your meal cooks to perfection.
Need a tip for cleaning your slow cooker? Rub the inside of your slow cooker with oil or spray it with non-stick cooking spray before using it. This keeps ingredients from hardening or staining the inside of your slow cooker, avoiding any cleaning struggles afterward.