Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans

Mexican Cowboy Beans, or “Frijoles Charros”, are the secret to the best carne asadas or barbecues in the north of Mexico. The reason being is that they are so delicious, moreish and full of tasty bits that no meat eater could refuse them.

This cowboy beans recipe is how it’s prepared in Mexico, cooked with any delicious meat you can find, bacon, sausage, chorizo, sometimes pork etc. Served like a soup or stew, and simply garnished with finely diced onion, coriander and lime juice.

The good news is that with the help of our Gran Luchito Cantina Beans you can make these cowboy beans in no time! There is no need to soak and cook beans for ages anymore. 

Our cowboy bean stew is made with bacon and spanish chorizo, fried with onion, garlic, Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste and a few spices. They’re left to simmer for a couple of minutes and served with freshly diced tomatoes and coriander. Feel free to duplicate the recipe if needed.

  • Prep time

    20 mins

  • Cook time

    15 mins

  • Total time

    35 mins

  • Ideal for


  • Make it


  • Serves


How to make it

  1. In a deep saucepan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and once it’s hot enough, fry the bacon for a couple of minutes with the honey until lightly brown. Remove from the pan and place it in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Now add the Spanish chorizo, and fry until it gets a bit of colour. Remove and place it in the same bowl with the cooked bacon.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil and fry the onion and garlic. Stir continuously to avoid burning and cook until translucent. 
  4. Add in the cumin, coriander and the Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste. Stir and add back in the cooked bacon and chorizo, then cook together for a couple of minutes.
  5. Pour in the Gran Luchito Cantina Beans (with their juices), then add 570ml / 19 fl. oz of chicken stock, the Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer on a low temperature for 9-10 min, approx.
  6. Remove from the heat and remove the foam that forms at the top of your beans with a spoon. Add the freshly chopped coriander and the tomatoes, stir and then serve warm.
  7. We recommend serving in little bowls to your guests before or alongside a meal, garnished simply with a bit of red onion, fresh coriander and lime juice. Enjoy!

What To Serve With Cowboy Beans

If you’re wondering what to serve with this cowboy beans recipe, a bowl of them goes really well with our:

Mexican Steak

Pollo Asado 

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What are cowboy beans?

Cowboy beans is a bean dish popular in the southwestern United States. It consists of black beans with different types of meat, in a sauce. A staple of the working cowboy, traditionally beans made up the bulk of a cowboy's protein intake.

Are black beans really good for you?

The antioxidants, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates in black beans make them nutritionally very good for you. They also help prevent cancer because they're filled with phytochemicals that protect your cells from damage.

Do you have to soak beans before cooking them?

Our Cantina Beans are ready to eat and warm up, and do not need soaking. However, in general, soaking dried beans for up to 12 hours before cooking is so that the beans cook faster.

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