I wanted to make an authentic but easy bean dish, but it had to get it's flavor from vegetarian sources since I'm getting ready to cook vegetarian Mexican food this weekend for some friends. As a result I came up with this wonderful Mexican Frijoles Charro recipe. The good news is my friends are Indian, so they like spicy food, but I wanted to create a recipe everyone else could enjoy as well.
Mexican Frijoles Charro
It's easy to get flavor from bacon. It's not always that easy to get it from vegetables in a bean dish, where the bean flavor can be overpowering. I decided to try making a sort-of Sofrito to lend flavor to the beans, and to use canned fire-roasted tomatoes. I used fire-roasted in this Mexican Frijoles Charro recipe for the flavor and canned for the ease and the freshness of the tomatoes. This combination worked out very well for me.
The beans were flavorful and creamy thanks to the Instant Pot, and flavorful with all the vegetables. I don't think you're meant to be drinking these beans as though they were soup, but I suspect I'll be doing that. So flavorful! I need to freeze some for the lunch with my friends before I eat too many of those.
Looking for more delicious Mexican recipes? Check out my Air Fryer Chile Rellenos! They're sure to be the easiest and tastiest Chile Rellenos you've ever had!
Another great Mexican recipe is my Rajas con Crema y Elote. It's an amazing vegetarian dish that's done in under 30 minutes!
So the steps to this recipe are:
- Soak the beans
- Make the sofrito by chopping up all the veggies
- Add sofrito, beans, tomatoes and water
- Cook at HP 30 mins, 10 mins NPR, and then QPR. Done!
Mexican Frijoles Charro
- 1 cup dried pinto beans
- 14 ounces Canned Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- 1 cup Onion finely chopped
- 4 cloves Garlic minced
- 1/2 cup Cilantro finely chopped
- 1/2 Bell Peppers finely chopped
- 1-2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
- 1-2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 2 1/2 cup Water
- Soak pinto beans in hot water for 1 hour (quick soak).
- Meanwhile chop and combine tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro and spices.
- Add the soaked pinto beans and 3 cups of water.
- Pressure cook for 30 minutes at High Pressure using natural release for 10 mins and then quick pressure release. Inhale the wonderful, layered aroma of the sofrito and beans. My house smells wonderful as I'm typing this for you.
- This step is optional but I used an immersion blender for 10 seconds to mash some of the means and get a little extra thickness into the broth.
- The end result is a flavorful, rich broth with creamy beans in it. Perfect for serving with a little arrounce a la Mexicana, or eating it by itself as soup.