Dress up pinto beans with bacon, ham, and pico de gallo salsa to make this stick-to-your-ribs Mexican Charro Beans with Ham recipe! 

taking a bite of Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

Are you needing inspiration for leftover ham? Or you just love pinto beans? I love this Mexican Charro Beans with Ham recipe that I made a while back because it’s a lovely side dish, main dish, or even delicious served in a wrap. You may also want to try my Homemade Refried Pinto Beans recipe!

Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

And, it includes ham! I love ham and bacon!

Springtime brings so much introspection for me, with so much hope and newness of life. Today I’m sharing a few thoughts on “hosting” below. Keep reading. 

bow of Mexican Charro Beans with Ham with spoon

What are charro beans made of?

What are charro beans made of?

Charro beans, or “cowboy beans” are Mexican-style pinto beans made from bacon, onions, garlic, chipotle peppers, tomatoes and other spices. For this recipe, we took a short cut and used Bush’s canned pinto beans, ham, and picco de gallo!  You can cook the beans from scratch, in broth, if you prefer.

how to make Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

But for now, gather these easy ingredients!

Ingredients for pinto beans recipe

  • Bacon (and leftover ham)
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Pinto beans
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream

I get into ruts with cooking. I love the simplicity and taste of this easy recipe today, made with beans, leftover ham, and salsa.

serving of Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

How do you serve Mexican Charro beans?

You can serve it as a main dish (on rice), side dish (with chicken), or even in a wrap.

Or, how about as a quick snack? I eat several snacks throughout the day. Mini meals are the best!

You can also grab a bag of chips and eat is as a dip (chips and salsa). So good.

Mexican Charro Beans with Ham with sour cream

How do you make Charro beans?

  1. In large skillet, fry bacon with diced ham.
  2. Next add in Pico de Gallo and saute (approximately one minute). Add the drained beans and onion.
  3. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Add small amount of water as needed. Add salt to taste. Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro.
  4. Serve individual servings in a bowl with a dab (spoonful) of sour cream, and fresh cilantro sprinkled on top.

The big stuff

It’s scary sometimes to think how we are accountable for our time, and how we use it. For friends who know me well, and my passion for hosting dinners is important. To me, when it involves people and food–really matters.

There’s a lot that happens when you host a gathering. I’m not talking about all the details of cooking and planning, but the big stuff, like when the people arrive, and life begins to happen around the table.

Sometimes the food begins to take a back seat, but that is okay with me.

Our circles widen, our influence spreads, good things begin to happen.

ENJOY this recipe today!

Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

More bean recipes to try:

Cheesy Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

Stovetop Cuban Style Black Beans

Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans

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Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

Use leftover ham for this delicious side or main dish recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices uncooked bacon chopped
  • 1 cup diced precooked ham
  • 14 ounces prepared Pico de Gallo sauce
  • 4 cups BUSH’S® Pinto Beans
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pinch Salt to taste
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • sour cream, a dab on each serving for garnish

Instructions

  • In large skillet, fry bacon with diced ham. When done, add Pico de Gallo and saute (approximately one minute). Add beans and all ingredients to stock pot.
  • Simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Add small amount of water as needed. Add salt to taste. Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro.
  • Serve individual servings in a bowl with a dab (spoonful) of sour cream, and fresh cilantro sprinkled on top.

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Notes

Reposted from April 2015.
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spoonful of Mexican Charro Beans with Ham

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