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Ranch Style Beans

Tender pinto beans, zesty spices, and a thick gravy all come together in this simple, affordable, and easy recipe.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword pinto beans recipe, ranch beans, ranch style beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Soaking Time 6 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 222.9kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 (16 oz) package dried pinto beans
  • 1 quart (4 cups) water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons total)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste, optional for a spicy kick
  • Optional, for serving: hot sauce, grated cheese, sliced jalapeno, sour cream, sliced green onion, chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, a splash of vinegar


  • Rinse beans. Place in a large pot and cover with 7 cups of water. Let stand 6-8 hours, or overnight. Drain and return beans to pot.
    Soaking pinto beans in a Dutch oven.
  • Add 1 quart (4 cups) of fresh water to the pot with the beans. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours (or until beans are tender).
    Pinto beans in water in a Dutch oven.
  • Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1 ½ hours longer (until beans are tender and gravy is thick). Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
    Horizontal shot of a wooden spoon stirring a Dutch oven full of ranch style beans.


  • You do not need to soak the beans. Simply place the dry beans, onion, garlic, tomato paste, and seasonings in the slow cooker. Add 7 cups of water and stir. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or until the beans are tender. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. If you don't want as much broth in the pot, just strain off some of the liquid or serve the beans with a slotted spoon.
    Side shot of a bowl of ranch-style pinto beans on a wooden table.


  • Adjust the seasoning to suit your family's taste. As written, these are fairly mild beans. You can add as much cayenne or hot sauce as you like to increase the heat! Oregano is a nice addition to the seasoning blend, and you'll also want to season well with plenty of salt and pepper.
  • For even more flavor, cook the beans in unsalted or low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water.


Serving: 1/8 of the beans | Calories: 222.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.2g | Protein: 12.6g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 458.5mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 9.7g | Sugar: 5.2g