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Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)
2 lb Dried pinto beans
1/2 md Onion
30 ml Garlic
1/4 c Pinch of Herbs seasoning
2 pk (1 lb ea) bacon -- cut in 1-inch pieces
3 lg Tomatoes -- chopped
1 md Onion -- chopped
6 Serrano chiles -- chopped
Place beans in 12-quart Dutch oven. Add water until pot is 3/4 full. Add onion half, garlic cloves and herb seasoning. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 1 hour 15 minutes, or until beans are tender. Remove onion half. Cook bacon in large skillet until tender. Drain off excess drippings, reserving 3 tablespoons. Continue cooking bacon until browned. Drain on paper towels.
Heat reserved drippings in skillet. Add tomatoes, onion and chiles. Saute until thoroughly cooked. Add bacon and tomato mixture to beans. Simmer until heated through. Makes 12 to 15 servings.