Charro Beans | Instant Pot & Stove Top

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I have one more Mexican inspired dish to add to your line up. These Charro Beans will make your maracas shake ya’ll.  The have a great smoky flavor and are oh so good!

Now don’t run away when you see Instant Pot, if you do not have one!  I have stove top instructions too! I use my instant pot to cut out the soaking time. (You know sometimes I just forget to do that)

The combo of the bacon and the roasted garlic creates a smokiness you cannot resist! These beans will add just a little something special to your Taco Tuesday or in this case Cinco de Mayo Celebration!   Pair them with Mexican Rice  to complete a perfect plate!  Creamy Green Chile Enchiladas just want these as a side kick for Fiesta Friday!  Or maybe  Easy Beef Barbacoa or Salsa Verde Chicken  may just win out for the celebrations too! Why not make them all!

Grab your bacon and let’s get to cookin’.  It’s sauté time.  Cook it up for about 2 to 3 minutes.  Add in onion and jalapeno cook another minute or 2.

Then you are ready to dump everything else in and stir. Put your lid on and cook for 1 hour.

 Charro Beans Ready to Cook

Then you have magical beans!! I mean smoky bacon flavors greatness with a touch a spice. But not too much! It is so yummy my friends!


Charro Beans

Charro Beans

Charro Beans | Instant Pot & Stove Top

Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Nikki - Soulfully Made


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans rinsed
  • 8 ounces of bacon chopped
  • ¼ cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed, diced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons roasted minced garlic I used spice world brand
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Set Instant Pot {6 Quart} to sauté and cook bacon for 2 to 3 minutes. Add in onion and jalapeno and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add in salt, garlic, tomatoes, chicken broth, beans and bay leaves, Stir. Lock on lid and set to manual high pressure and cook for 60 minutes.
  3. Let steam release naturally and serve!

Recipe Notes

STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS: Soak beans covered in water with the salt overnight.  Drain. Put beans in a large Dutch oven and bring to a boil.  Cook on med to medium high heat for at least 1 hour.


If you cannot find the roasted minced garlic, use fire roasted diced tomatoes and regular minced garlic instead.

STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS: Soak beans covered in water with the salt overnight.  Drain. Put beans in a large Dutch oven and bring to a boil.  Cook on med to medium high heat for 1 hour


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  • I doubled the recipe in the IP and it was tasty! I usually use recipes and “guidelines” but followed this exactly. Next time I’ll add a bit more broth but I left them on warm for a long time. Serving this to company tonight as Charro Beans and tomorrow the leftovers will be refried beans along with your chicken enchilada recipe. Thanks for a great recipes and a very good site!

    • Thank you so much! I With beans you never know sometimes they need more liquid than others. I really do love the flavor of these Charro’s and oh yum as refried beans the next day! It’s going to be a great meal for Cinco de Mayo or any day! I hope you enjoy <3 - Nikki

  • Made these per recipe – absolutely delish! Had to cook my beans a few more minutes but hands down the best beans I’ve made in some time. Served with some jalapeño cheese corn bread!

  • Loved this recipe so much! I added in a bottle of beer in place of part of the water and 2 tbsp of pinto bean seasoning! Turned out delicious! I added about 10 extra minutes to the cook time, because I like my beans a tad on the mushy side.

    • I love the addition of the beer! I will have to try it next time! I bet it adds terrific flavor! I am still experimenting with my IP and love any feed back! Thank you for stopping by to chat and share your changes. I hope you will come back often. This is why I blog to share and to hear from my readers! You have made my day! If you are on social media would love for you to join in our group! We share encouragement, recipes and have lots of fun! <3

    • Melissa, I am so sorry I have added it in the recipe section. It was in the post but not in the recipe section. Big oops on my part. Thank you so much for letting me know. Hope you come back to visit soon! Sorry this is so late in getting back. I have been working on preparations for the storm and have been away a bit.

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