Frijoles Charros

Mexican Cowboy Bean Soup

( Frijoles Charros Soup )

Crunch time at school, this soup will feed you for many days while giving you protein, iron, fibre and yum yum. Plus it’s cheap as borsch.

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 2 hours


  • 2 Litre of chicken or vegetable stock.
  • 1 Lbs of black beans  or any beans like pinto or mug beans.
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely diced.
  • 1 Tsp Epazote powder or leaves ( you can skip this herb if you cant find it, they sell it at places like Tres Marias Market).
  • 2 Tsp of Mexican Oregano ( It has a more punchy taste but other oregano will do. Get it at las Tres Marias).
  • 1 Tsp of ground cumin.
  • 1 Serrano pepper diced ( optional if you like spice)
  • 4-5 mild Italian sausages ( you can commit this if you want the vegetarian version)
  • 5-6 Slices of Bacon ( you can commit this if you want the vegetarian version)
  • 1 small can of tomato paste ( 150 ml)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Fry Bacon slices and sausages. Set aside and diced them in fine cubes. Reserve
  2. In a crock pot ( or a stove top pot) add the stock the beans and all the rest of ingredients. Add the fried bacon and sausages. Let it cook for 2-4 hours in crock pot ( or for more if you want) or 1.5 hours in the stove at medium heat. Remove from heat. if the soup it is too thick add more liquid.

Tips and notes:

This soup it is so easy to make and can be frozen.  You can put in the fridge to eat for the days ahead before you finish the semester.

Recipe provided by our student chef, Rocio Graham:

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Rocio Graham uses her kitchen as the base for her art practice. She makes observations about our cultural, economical and political stances and believes that Guerrillas should start at home with pan and whisker in hand. She has been an art student for 8 continuous years which has given her plenty of practice on how to feed the masses, eat healthy, stock up for the zombie apocalypse, or just plain how to survive critiques well fed. She makes the meanest of Mexican fiestas and she hopes that nobody goes hungry at ACAD under her watch.