Frijoles Charros, That’s Just Fun to Say

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While many authentic Mexican food dishes in MA are fun to pronounce, there’s just something about frijoles charros we can’t get enough of. Also known as cowboy beans, this traditional Mexican dish earned its name after the Mexican horsemen or charros.



Understanding the charro

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As we said, a charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico. Known for colorful clothing and their participation in Mexican rodeos, the charro must be fully suited and a pledged member of Mexico’s Federacion Mexicana de Charreria to conform with current laws.



Understanding the frijoles

Now let’s take a look at the other side of this fun tongue twister – frijoles. In Spanish, frijoles is the word for beans. So, how do these two come together? Well, when you translate it, cowboy beans just sounds fun.



Authentic Mexican food in MA

Yes, here at La Santa, you’ll find the most authentic Mexican food in MA, including frijoles charros. Even if you’re not a lover of beans, we insist that you try this dish at least once! One of the best aspects of this recipe is that it’s easily customized. Adjusting the spice and switching up the meats to preference are just a few ways to make this awesome dish your own.


What you need:

  • 3 cups of cooked pinto beans undrained
  • ¼ chopped Spanish onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 oz chorizo
  • 2 oz chopped bacon
  • 1 ½ cups of chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped chili pepper (spice it up or keep it mild here, your choice)
  • Freshly chopped cilantro to taste


Begin by setting your beans in a large pot. Separately, you’ll want to fry up your meats. Add the onion, garlic, and pepper to your frying pan towards the end of the cooking time. Next, add your tomatoes for around 2 minutes. Combine ingredients into the pot with your beans and simmer for 20 minutes. Be sure to add water if needed, as the consistency shouldn’t be thick. Finally, serve topped with fresh cilantro and enjoy!




As always, if you’re looking to escape the kitchen, our team at La Santa Tacos & Tequila has you covered! Check out our menu online and give us a call to place your order today (978) 226-5665.


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