Smoked Charro Beans

By Dave
December 14, 2021

Smoked Charro Beans

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


  • Dutch oven
  • Smoker


  • 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


The Night Before

  • Cover the beans with water and soak overnight.

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.
  • Sauté the bacon, onion and jalapeño in a Dutch oven until bacon is cooked and the onion has softened.
  • Drain the pinto beans and add them to the bacon and onion mixture. Add water, chicken stock, tomatoes, paprika and chili powder.
  • Add soaked wood chips to the smoker.
  • Move the Dutch oven to the smoker and smoke for 3 hours, uncovered. Remove from the smoker and simmer on the range top for another hour.
  • Garnish with diced onions and cilantro and serve.



BBQ Tools & Supplies


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.

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