Beans & Chicos ((Thank you New Mexico!!))

Time for a simple & hearty meal idea: Beans & Chicos! Chicos are a New Mexican style of dried corn – you can read all about chicos HERE. When I purchased the chicos, the herd, hubby & I were enjoying our Spring Break in northern New Mexico.

Along with the chicos, I also picked up some local Hatch chili powders, Mexican dried oregano and some dried favas ((and have made excellent use of everything except the favas — mental note, I need to work on that!)). When I grabbed the chicos, I was not at all sure of what I would do with them – but was intrigued. The gentleman selling the items could tell I was unfamiliar and kindly shared detailed cooking instructions.

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Just cook them with your dried beans!! He kindly urged. Well, I finally took his suggestion & I am really glad I did!

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Aren’t the chicos and my speckled beans pretty together?! I used a 3:1 ratio, beans to chicos.

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To my pressure cooker, I added my short-list of pressure cooker basics:

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • water (10-11 cups)

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Into the pot it all goes, setting the pressure cooker to cook on HIGH pressure, natural pressure release for 50 minutes.

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Season the chicos & beans after cooking, using approximately 1-2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper.

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Garnish with a tiny bit of chopped sweet white onions and freshly chopped cilantro. Yum, I want some more right now!!

Chicos & Beans
Serves 10
Comfort food, hearty and tasty -- with a twist. Good 'ol homestyle beans bumped up with the addition of sweet chicos. A must try for your clan!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 c dried beans ((a pinto style bean)
  2. 1/2 c chicos*
  3. 2 bay leaves
  4. 3-4 garlic cloves
  5. 2 T cooking oil
  6. 11 c water
After Cooking
  1. sea salt (to taste - I used 2 t)
  2. freshly cracked black pepper (to taste - I used 1 t)
Garnish
  1. 3-4 T chopped sweet white onion
  2. 3-4 T chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your pressure cooker. I used 11 c of water, and cooked on high pressure, natural pressure release for 50 minutes.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, 1 used 2 t salt and 1 t freshly cracked black pepper.
  3. Garnish with chopped sweet white onions & chopped cilantro.
  4. Serves 8-10
Notes
  1. *Look for chicos online or at your local Mexican grocery store.
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