Charro Beans 1 lb uncooked, dried pinto beans
8 cups water
1/2 lb bacon, diced
1 can (14 1/2 oz) tomatoes, undrained
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1/4 tsp ground cumin
fresh oregano for garnish
1 cup beer
2 limes

Preparation: Sort beans. Place beans in bowl, cover with water and soak overnight. Discard water. Place beans in large pot and add 8 cups water. Simmer partially covered for 1 hour. Cook bacon until crisp. Add bacon and 2 Tbsps of the drippings to beans. Chop tomatoes and add to beans. Add onions, garlic, chilies, chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Simmer partially covered for three hours, or until beans are tender. Turn off heat and add beer. Season with salt to taste. Garnish with fresh oregano and lime wedges.

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