Charro Beans and Cornbread

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 hrs
Temp Low

  Charro Beans and Cornbread - A great recipe for the slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Pinto beans
  • 1 Package Mexican chorizo
  • 1 Bunch cilantro-grab handfuls of the leaves, not too many stems, and rough chop them
  • 1 Large onion chopped or sliced
  • Fresh garlic or garlic powder to taste
  • Chopped pickled jalapeno
  • 2 Pinches Season Salt Onion Powder
  • 1 Pinch Cumin

Directions

  1. Step One

    Remove chorizo from casing, and fry up, drain off most of the grease.

  2. Step Two

    Rinse and pick through beans to remove stones, no need to soak them.

  3. Step Three

    Put Beans, chorizo, onions and cilantro into slow cooker, fill crock pot with water.

  4. Step Four

    Sprinkle in garlic and onion powder and season salt, I use 3-4 shakes back and forth of these and a couple shakes of cumin. Again it's to taste.

  5. Step Five

    Add bacon grease.

  6. Step Six

    Add Jalapeno Cover, cook on high about 15 hrs. Yes I know this sounds excessive, but if you'll cook them this long, the juice begins to thicken a bit so it's more stew like than soup like. I put them on in the evening the day before I want them and let them cook all night.

  7. Step Seven

    Taste them, and add some kosher salt if you think it needs it. Regular salt works too, but I like and only use Kosher salt.

  8. Step Eight

    Enjoy with a big cast iron skillet full of cornbread!

  9. Step Nine

    To make the best cornbread you've ever had, put a tablespoon or two of bacon grease in a cast iron skillet, place in 400 degree oven while you mix your cornbread batter from scratch or box.

  10. Step Ten

    Now the grease should be smoking.

  11. Step Eleven

    Pour a little into your cornbread batter, mix it quickly, and dump the batter into the skillet.

  12. Step Twelve

    You should hear it begin to sizzle.

  13. Step Thirteen

    Bake until golden brown on top.

Crockin' Reviews Add Review
  1. Cindy E.

    Two questions on this recipe. At the top, it says temp is low. In recipe, it says high. I assume it’s high? Can someone verify? Also, how much water do I add? It says to fill the crockpot, but it depends on what size crockpot! I’m going to tweak this a bit, based on what I have available (I live overseas), but am unsure about these two questions! Thanks!

  2. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    If you want to add bacon grease it would be about one tablespoon. It is not necessary. My grandmother would always have a can of bacon grease on hand for extra flavor in beans and greens. I do not keep bacon grease on hand so usually leave this step out.

  3. wendyellis

    Step 5 says to “add bacon grease” to the beans, but bacon grease is not listed in the ingredients and doesn’t say how much to add. Sounds delish – would love to try it if someone can answer this question. :)

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