If you are going to make beans, then you need to make these Traditional Texas Ranch Beans. Sure you can eat beans out of a can but for one, it's much cheaper to make your own baked beans, and two, they taste so much better!
I've posted several Baked Bean Recipes over the years and these Texas Ranch Style Beans rank right up there with the best of them.
You do need a good 24+ hours to make this recipe so if you are in a hurry, this recipe may not be for you.
While this recipe is not terribly difficult to make, ideally you need a solid 24 hours to let the beans soak and a couple more hours to let them simmer in the tomatoes and spices.
You can, however, get away with letting them soak for a minimum of 6 hours.
You should have at least 2 inches of water above the beans as they will expand while soaking.
I suggest you keep an eye on them after a few hours and add more water if necessary. I also prefer to cover the pot while the beans are soaking.
As I mentioned in the instructions for this bean recipe, don't add the salt until the last 30 minutes since salt slows down the beans' softening process.
I learned this the hard way after many attempts at making these ranch-style beans.
I often get asked what a good substitute for molasses would be. Not sure if it's because they don't have any on hand or simply don't like the flavor.
You have a few options as far as substitutes go: dark corn syrup, maple syrup, honey or even some dark brown sugar with a little water added to it.
Remember that substituting for one of these ingredients will alter the overall flavor of this recipe.
Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Traditional Texas Ranch Style Beans Recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Pinto Beans, Yellow Onion, Garlic Cloves, Vegetable Oil, Diced Tomatoes, Ground Dry Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Chili Powder, Ground Black Pepper, Dried Oregano, Ground Ginger, Molasses, Salt and Hot Sauce.
How to make Traditional Texas Ranch Beans
- In a pot large enough to hold the beans and water, add the pinto beans. Cover the beans with water ensuring at least 2 inches of water above the beans. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain and rinse well.
- In a large pot, sauté the beans, onion, and garlic in the vegetable oil until browned. Add all the remaining ingredients except the salt (very important). Let simmer for approximately 2 hours, adding the salt in the last 30 minutes.
Printable Recipe Card
Traditional Texas Ranch Beans
- Large Pot
- 2 Cups Pinto Beans, dried
- 1 Cup Yellow Onion, chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
- ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
- 28 oz Diced Tomatoes
- 2 teaspoon Ground Dry Mustard
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 tablespoon Molasses
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce, Optional
- In a large pot, add the pinto beans. Cover the beans with water ensuring at least 2 inches of water above the beans. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain and rinse well.
- In a large pot, sauté the beans, onion, and garlic in the vegetable oil until browned. Add all the remaining ingredients except the salt. Let simmer covered for approximately 2 hours, adding the salt in the last 30 minutes.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.