Instant Pot Charro Beans are made with smokey bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, pinto beans, and a little spice for the perfect Frijoles Charros you have ever eaten! These are the perfect side dish for any Mexican Food Meal!
With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I have one more Mexican-inspired dish to add to your lineup. These Charro Beans will make your maracas shake. They 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 stovetop 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 sidekick 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!
What you need to make Instant Pot Charro Beans
- Dried Pinto Beans
- Chicken Stock or Broth
- Diced Tomatoes or Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- Roasted Minced Garlic (or regular)
- Bay Leaf
How to Make the best Instant Pot Charro Beans
Step 1. Grab your bacon and let’s get to cookin’. It’s sauté time. Saute for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in onion and jalapeno cook another minute or 2. During the last minute add in garlic.
Step 2. Add in chicken stock and scrape any bits stuck to the bottom. Then you are ready to dump everything else in and stir. Put your lid on and cook for 1 hour. Let Natural Release, this will take about 30 to 40 minutes. It is well worth the wait!
Then you have amazingly delicious charro beans!! I mean smoky bacon flavors greatness with a touch a spice. But not too much! If you want more spice you can add in more jalapeno or leave those seeds on - at your own risk of course 😉