Awhile back Joe and I ate at a Mexican restaurant where they served Charro Beans on the side. That first bite brought back memories of something my Mom used to make. Only she called them Chuckwagon Beans and I remember asking her to make them. I looked up an old index card with her handwritten recipe and found that she seasoned her pinto beans with cooked bacon, onion, green chiles and tomatoes. Of course out on the farm we rarely had a meal without a pot of beans on the table, but I remember the Chuckwagon beans as special, much more flavorful. Since Joe doesn’t like beans I kind of got away from the pinto’s over the years. I pulled out Mom’s old recipe and tried it out just to see if it tasted like the charro beans and I’m happy to say they were pretty darn close. Thanks Mom. . . for the recipe and the memories!