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Charro Beans with Chipotle Sausage

Take the pork out of a Texas classic and what do you get? A flavorful, protein-rich dish that's great with vegetarian sausage. Chipotle-flavored sausage is in keeping with the recipe's Tex-Mex roots, but it can be quite spicy. If you like less heat, try the recipe with a milder-flavored veg sausage.



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1 cup dried pinto beans
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
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1 small green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
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2 Mexican chipotle-flavored grain meat sausages, such as Field Roast, cut into 1-inch rounds
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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½ tsp. chili powder
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1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
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¼ cup chopped cilantro, for garnish


1. Place beans in large bowl, and cover with cold water. Let soak 4 hours, or overnight.

2. Drain beans, and place in large saucepan with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until tender but not soft. Do not drain.

3. Heat oil in separate large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and sausage, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and translucent. Add garlic and chili powder, and cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and beans (with cooking liquid); season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Uncover, and simmer 10 minutes more. Serve garnished with cilantro.

Nutrition Information: 

24 g
Total Fat: 
14 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
47 g
0 mg
507 mg
15 g
10 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

VegChef: You can google Field Roast....the company can help you find them.

Trader Joe's makes a fantastic spicy veg chorizo. It's more like bulk sausage than a link, but I've added it to similar dishes with delicious results.

Love this recipe! I couldn't find the Mexican veg sausage so used Italian and added a chipotle in adobo sauce. My husband and teenage son who still eat meat really liked this one.

Easy and delicious! All the ingredients blend together well for a rich "broth." It is reasonably spicy using Field Roast chipotle sausage--I thought it was perfect, but if you don't like spice you may want to use a different flavor. Good served with brown rice or whole-wheat bread.

Recipe sounds great. Does anyone have tips where to order these vegetarian sausages online? Not sold close by. Thanks for help!

Loved this recipe. I found a spicy tofu sausage, that worked out great. I also made some cornbread to go with it.

I found a vegetarian chorizo sausage (odd, I know) that was excellent in this dish. My boyfriend and I have made this a staple. Thank you so much for the awesome and surprisingly simple recipe!

I am a big fan of this recipe! Some slices of a nice ripe avocado is a perfect addition to this. I have made it twice, one time the "real" way (that is, soaking raw beans overnight, cooking them for an hour, etc) and the other time a short way using canned beans, which took a total of 15 minutes. Both ways were delicious and honestly, the short way didn't taste much different at all! I used black beans both times but I am going to try pinto next time. It was also my first time eating the Field Roast and I was impressed. Very easy and very tasty. Try this!

Really good. I used canned beans and added a few chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I agree that avocado is a deliscious addition.