Smoked Charro Beans

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By Dave
December 14, 2021
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Charro beans are a Tex Mex favorite in Austin, TX. Smoked charro beans are even better. Three hours in the smoker does the trick.

Smoked Charro Beans

Beans are very much a staple in my household, particularly with BBQ and Mexican food. Smoked charro beans are, by far, my favorite way to make beans. The smoke just gives them an unbelievable flavor. Carro beans go great with BBQ, Tex Mex, steaks, you name it. Give these a try.

Smoked Charro Beans
Smoked Charro Beans

Soak the Beans

Start with dried pinto beans and soak them overnight. I prefer to to use dried beans rather than canned beans because I think the texture of the final charro beans is just a bit better.

Beans Soaking
Beans Soaking

Sauté the Vegetables

Remove the stems and seeds from two jalapeño peppers and dice. This will reduce the heat in the cooked charro beans quite a bit. Sauté some bacon, onion and the diced jalapeño in a Dutch oven until bacon is cooked and the onion has softened.

Bacon and Onion
Bacon and Onion

Mix it All Together

Drain the beans and add them to the bacon and onion mixture. Add the water, chicken stock, tomatoes, paprika and chili powder. Stir the mixture well.

Add More Liquid to the Beans Before Smoking
Add Liquid to the Beans Before Smoking

Smoked Charro Beans Need Time in the Smoker

Setup your smoker for indirect heat at 250˚K. Place the Dutch oven in the smoker, uncovered and cook for three hours.

Light the Charcoal
Light the Charcoal
Charro Beans Going into the Smoker
Charro Beans Going into the Smoker

After three hours, carefully remove the Dutch oven from the smoker and place it on your range top. Take a close look at the outside of the Dutch oven in the next photo. This is the same Dutch oven that went into the smoker three hours earlier. See all that discoloration on the outside? That’s smoke!

Charro Beans Coming Out of the Smoker
Charro Beans Coming Out of the Smoker

Simmer and Serve Smoked Charro Beans

Cover the beans and simmer over very low heat for another hour. Stir and serve. These are so easy to make and so good. Give them a try.

Charro Beans Simmering
Charro Beans Simmering

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Smoked Charro Beans

Smoked Charro Beans

5 from 1 vote
Charro beans are a Tex Mex favorite in Austin, TX. This version is over the top with flavor from smoking the beans for about three hours. These are, by far, my favorite way to make beans.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 1 d 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 1 d 4 hrs 30 mins

Equipment

  • Dutch oven
  • Smoker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb pinto beans dried
  • 6 cups water enough to cover the beans
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced,
  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 sprigs cilantro
  • 2 tbs yellow onion diced

Instructions
 

The Night Before

  • Cover the beans with water and soak overnight.
    Beans Soaking

The Next Day

  • Setup your smoker for indirect heat at 250°F. Soak a handful of wood chips (e.g. apple, cherry) in water for 30 minutes.
    Light the Charcoal
  • Sauté the bacon, onion and jalapeño in a Dutch oven until bacon is cooked and the onion has softened.
    Bacon and Onion
  • Drain the pinto beans and add them to the bacon and onion mixture. Add water, chicken stock, tomatoes, paprika and chili powder.
    Add More Liquid to the Beans Before Smoking
  • Add soaked wood chips to the smoker. Move the Dutch oven to the smoker and smoke for 3 hours, uncovered. Remove from the smoker.
    Charro Beans Going into the Smoker
  • Simmer on the range top for one hour. Garnish with diced onions and cilantro and serve.
    Charro Beans Simmering

Video

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 6ozCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 263IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Calories: 135kcal
Cost: $8
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, charro beans

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  1. How are they smoked, when they are covered with a heavy Dutch oven lid for 3 hours? Seems like a waste of whatever you fuel your smoker with. I suggest a bit more liquid, leave the lid off and stirring every 30 minutes.

    1. Excellent question! Actually, the recipe is wrong! I did NOT cover the beans, they went in the smoker uncovered. I have updated the recipe to reflect this, thanks for catching my mistake. You can watch the video here. https://youtu.be/DyTtG_Yl6QQ

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