Mexican Style Chili “Frijoles Rancheros” Recipe

I love cooking my mom’s recipes. One dish that I remembered that she cooked on our family parties is Frijoles Rancheros or Mexican Style Bean Chili. Frijoles Rancheros is still one of my favorite meals so I re-create it the recipe just as how my mom makes it.

Frijoles Rancheros is basically a chili style dish that includes Pinto Beans, Chorizo, Bacon, & Franks but many cook them different but this how we cook it on the border of El Paso, TX.

If you are making this recipe I highly recommend taking that extra time cooking beans from scratch. It taste 100 times better than canned beans. You can even add different types of beans and change the beef for turkey. Serve with some wheat crackers or tostadas.

Serves about 6 people.

I hope you enjoy as much as we enjoyed eating this yummy Mexican style chili.

Frijoles Rancheros Recipe
Author: Angie @
  • 3/4 of pound of dry pinto beans
  • 1/2 lb of pork or soy chorizo
  • 1/2 lb of bacon or turkey bacon
  • 1/2 lb of franks (beef or turkey)
  • 1/2 cup of diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  1. Wash and soak beans in water overnight in a bowl. In medium/large pot fill with water about 2/3 full until simmer. Drain beans and add the beans with 2 tablespoons of salt to the pot. Boil for about 1-2 hrs checking every hr until beans are tender.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet pan, grill bacon & onion for 10 minutes. Add chorizo & franks and grill for another 10 minutes. Finally add the bell peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes. Drain excess oil and add to the pot of beans. Stir and let it cook until boiling.


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