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Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)

Feed your inner Charro with this spicy pork n' bean recipe. Sidle up and stuff warm buttered tortillas with this frank and bean side dish. Traeger roasted beans are perfect for a potluck, Cinco de Mayo or weeknight meaty, Mexican burrito.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time10 mins
  • Cook time3 .5 hrs
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodMesquite


Mexican Chorizo Sausage Links3 to 4 (about 1/2 lb.)
Bacon Slices6
Garlic, peeled and minced3 cloves
Large Onion, peeled and diced1
Jalapeno or Serrano Chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced2
Pinto Beans, drained, rinsed, and drained again5 (15.5-oz.) cans
Diced Tomatoes with Chiles, such as Rotel Brand1 (10-oz.) can
Beer, preferably Mexican1 (12-oz.) bottle
Ground Cumin2 tsp.
Dry Oregano, preferably Mexican1 1/2 tsp.
Chicken Brothas needed
Fresh Cilantro Leaves, roughly chopped1/2 cup
Mexican-style Hot Saucefor serving
Bone-in Country-style Pork Ribs or Pork Steaks or Chops1 1/2 -2 lb.s
Salt & Pepperas needed


When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).

Generously season the country-style pork ribs on all sides with salt and pepper. Smoke the ribs for 1 hour, then increase the temperature of your Traeger to 325F. Continue to cook the pork.

At the same time, arrange the chorizo and bacon directly on the grill grate. After 25 to 30 minutes, transfer all the meat to a cutting board. Remove any bones from the pork and chop into bite-size pieces. Slice the chorizo into 1/4-inch slices. Dice the bacon.

Put all the meat into a large Dutch oven or lidded heatproof casserole.

Add the garlic, onion, jalapenos, pinto beans, tomatoes, beer, cumin, and oregano; stir to combine. If the mixture seems a little dry, add chicken broth or water, 1 cup at a time.

Cover the Dutch oven or casserole and return to the grill.

Bake the beans for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If the beans seem too soupy (these beans are traditionally soupy), remove the lid. If they seem dry, stir in a little chicken broth or water.

During the last 15 minutes of cooking, stir in the cilantro. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed. Serve with hot sauce.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time10 mins
  • Cook time3 .5 hrs
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodMesquite

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