Crockpot Charro Beans recipe – stickied post

August 1, 2010 11 comments

Printable version here: Crockpot Charro Beans

I’m often asked how this recipe came about. Well, let me tell you the story:

My mother has always made charro style beans in a large stockpot on the stove. They just always seemed to lack a certain something. Seasoning? Texture?

So when she gifted me with a medium-sized crockpot one day, I decided to attempt my quest at charro bean recipe creation.  The first step had to be the ultimate seasoning. Enter Fiesta Pinto Bean Seasoning. My local supermarket (in this case, HEB), stocks a pretty good selection of Fiesta seasonings, including the one I wanted to try. And so, the following recipe came about:

Crockpot Charro Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece salt pork, chopped up in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb pinto beans
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions chopped (including the stalk)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (or you can add a can of Ro-tel for a little extra spice)
  • 1 heaping tbsp Fiesta Pinto Bean Seasoning (or whatever is local to you. I live in Texas, so this is the brand I use). If you look at the label, it calls for 2 tbsp. I find that this can make the beans pretty salty, so I reduced it down to 1. It really depends on your taste preference.

Directions:

  1. Soak the beans in a bowl of water for about six hours. After they’re done soaking, put them in the crockpot.
  2. Add all other ingredients and fill crockpot with water until the water level is at least an inch above the beans. Stir it up a little with a spoon to get everything incorporated.
  3. Set on low setting and allow to cook for 8-9 hours. I normally get it going the night before and let them cook overnight. Makes me wake up hungry every time I do this 🙂

Charro Beans… love them 🙂

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The beauty of these beans is you can freeze them, mash them up with some oil for refried beans, or put some in a bowl and eat them charro style. My dad swears charro style includes rice in the bowl along with the beans, but whatever’s clever.

It’s also important to note that you can alter the ingredients. if you don’t like cilantro, don’t use it. If you want them spicy, add jalapenos or even habanero peppers if you’re really gung ho about spice. It’s pretty versatile.

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Rhubarb Raspberry crostata: a combination of recipes

June 12, 2017 Leave a comment
Rhubarb Raspberry Crostata

Apologies for the crappy photo. Normally I get my husband to snap the shots, but I was in a hurry. It looked much better IRL 🙂

I tend to record any Ina Garten shows that come up on the Food Network and occasionally Martha Stewart on PBS. It’s a habit. I love their recipes, but sometimes I like to change things up even as I try them out.

For this Crostata, I used a combination of two recipes: Ina’s Rhubarb Raspberry compote and Martha’s pate sucree recipe for the dough base. I have my reasons:

Storytime!

The day before Mother’s day I’d made a batch of pate sucree originally for a tart that I was going to bring to my mother. The day of, however, I was very upset about my cat being sick and didn’t get to make it home (cat is doing much better now after 3 weeks of nonstop antibiotics). So, I ended up freezing the dough. When it came time to make the crostata, I thought, let’s test drive the pate sucree for this.

Here it is about a month later sitting the freezer and the dough was still amazing. Martha knows her stuff. It’s not dense like a shortbread crust, and has a little more sweetness.

In contrast, what I liked about Ina’s compote was that it wasn’t overly sweet, and the rhubarb and raspberry flavors really stood out, helped along with the orange zest and juice. It would make a great base for a pie or crumble also.

So there you have it, a crostata made from two recipes. I invited my family over to taste test, and they loved it. My mother took some home for their morning coffee. Too funny.

 

 

3-Bean Turkey chili: a quick recipe

May 31, 2017 Leave a comment

I’ve been tweaking this recipe on and off for a while now. Sundays I make a pot of this chili so that I’m not so tempted to go eat offsite at lunchtime. It’s pretty hearty, with lots of fiber and quite delicious. You can jazz it up with additional ingredients like jalapenos or julienned carrots. Let the imagination run wild 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can yellow corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-2 TBSP chili powder (based on taste preferences)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t like the spice)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large pot (Dutch oven also works well), heat up the oil and toss in the onions to cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and brown. Best part about this: add in the rest of the ingredients including spices, turn heat to low, and let simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Easy peasy.

When I transport this dish (or any involving tomatoes) for lunch, my plastic container gets stained. Annoying, right? Did some research on meal prep, and it seems that a lot of folks like using containers from Snap Pak. I bought these on Amazon and they work very well:

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser #1

April 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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Big Little Lies… so not Knots Landing (spoilers possible)

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I’d heard about this mini series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Laura Dern and saw a couple of previews. I figured, rich women in California with perfect lives, let’s just give our awe and wish we were them.

Wrong. Dead Wrong.

Adapted from the best selling novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is the story of a group of women whose children are enrolled in the same first grade class in affluent Monterey, California. Despite the picture-esque landscape and the million dollar homes, each of them has crosses to bear, and some of those are very violent.

Sure, it ain’t Westeros with people getting their heads chopped off, but believe it or not, I had as much of a visceral reaction to this mini series with regards to depictions of domestic violence (be forewarned, it can be very triggering) as Game of Thrones. I won’t go into details much, but some of the episodes can be quite jarring. Funny, witty, dark, and dangerous… each episode has those qualities.

Do I recommend this series? Yes I do. The performances are top notch and the writing is amazing. Just be prepared to feel some kinda way at the end and realize you need to step outside and take a breather because of the intensity.

Let me just say: if Nicole Kidman doesn’t get at least an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Celeste, I would be in complete shock. She gave a tour de force performance in this series. Alexander Skarsgård also gave a very nuanced, charged performance as Perry, her husband. The man is so expressive, he doesn’t even have to say anything to be sweet, loving, dark, and menacing all at the same time with one glance, or one whisper. I’ve seen a lot of his movies and True Blood (he’ll always be Eric Northman to me), and he just impresses me every time.

Thor: Ragnarok teaser trailer has finally been released, and it’s awesome

April 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Wanna know why? Because tell me you don’t get Flash Gordon vibes from this:

Here’s Thor Ragnarok

And here’s Flash Gordon (bow down to Queen doing the entire soundtrack):

Taika Waititi, you da man. This is also the guy responsible for my favorite vampire movie of all time, What We Do In The Shadows:

I can’t wait for Thor to premiere. Waititi really plays to Chris Hemsworth’s natural comedic chops.

New Game of Thrones Season 7 promo… oh me oh my

March 30, 2017 Leave a comment

I seriously can’t wait for Season 7 to start.

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Kung Fu Bear

March 29, 2017 Leave a comment

 

Nature is indeed metal sometimes.

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