Ranch-Style Beans

Experience the delicious flavor of homemade ranch-style beans with this easy recipe. These flavorful beans are a perfect side dish for barbecues, Tex-Mex meals, or as a satisfying vegetarian main course. Let’s dive into the recipe and make these delightful ranch-style beans.


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (14 oz or 400 g)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Rinse the dried pinto beans thoroughly under running water. Drain well.
  2. In a large pot, add water and the dried beans. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for about 2 hours or until the beans are tender. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.
  3. In another pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper, and jalapeño (if desired). Sauté the vegetables until they are soft and aromatic.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper to the pot with the sautéed vegetables. Stir well to combine the ingredients.
  5. Once the beans are tender, drain the water and add them to the pot with the sauce. Gently stir to coat the beans with the sauce.
  6. Let the ranch-style beans simmer for about 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken slightly. Stir occasionally to prevent the beans from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Taste and adjust the seasoning with extra salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve the ranch-style beans hot as a delicious side dish or as a main course alongside rice or tortilla chips.

Enjoy the delightful flavors of these homemade ranch-style beans. The rich sauce and tender beans are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

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