“No Man Walks Alone by Choice” Cowboy Caviar Frijoles a la charra

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

October 26, 2015

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6 cups of cooked pinto beans (reserve liquid)

4 slices of bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes or one 14 oz. canned, diced tomatoes with sauce

½ jalapeno pepper, chopped (without seeds) (optional)

3 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, chopped

2 chipotles in adobo sauce*, chopped (if you don’t like it spicy add less)

½ cup barbecue sauce (your favourite)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 ½ tablespoons molasses

1 cup cilantro, chopped (stalks included)

1/4-1/2 grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese for garnish


Cook bacon, onions and garlic in a large skillet stirring often until crisp.

Add tomatoes, jalapenos, chipotles, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, molasses and cilantro to the skillet, and cook on medium for 10 minutes 10 Minutes.

Let tomato-bacon mixture cool, add one cup of bean liquid (or water) and then puree in a food processor or blender or with an immersion hand-blender (oh so many options)!

Stir puree into beans (or beans into puree) and let simmer together for 20 minutes 20 Minutes.

Serve with grated cheese melted on top!

Chef’s Note: You can find chipotles in adobo sauce at most grocery stores in the international aisle…just look for the tacos and salsa and you’re sure to find it!

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