Pappasitos Cantina Frijoles a la charra
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Pappasito’s Cantina Frijoles a la Charra

Make the much loved Pappasito’s Cantina Frijoles a la Charra at home. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Pappasito’s Cantina Frijoles a la Charra
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 328kcal
Author Stephanie Manley


  • 1 1/2 pounds pinto beans uncooked
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 3/4 pound bacon cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic
  • 4 tablespoon cilantro plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup chopped white onions
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 gallon cold water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes


  • Soak beans in 1-gallon cold water for 8 hours. Drain when ready to use. In a 2 gallon heavy pot cook the bacon pieces until well done. Do not undercook the bacon. Add 1/2 cup chopped garlic, 3 tablespoon cilantro, and chopped onions to hot bacon. Cook until onions are transparent. 
  • When onions are ready add beans, cumin, and chili powder. Stir and add 1/2 gallon cold water. Turn heat to medium-low. Add salt and stir. Cook beans slowly until fork tender (approximately 1 hour). Stir constantly to avoid burning the bottom. Add tomatoes, the 1 tablespoon of garlic, and cilantro, and serve.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 1646mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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