September 23, 2017

Want a Ranch Style Beans Substitute? 3 Cool Ones You Need to Try!



If there's one thing I have always been interested in trying, it would have to be Texan dishes. There's something about the sharp and interesting flavors that stay unique compared to the usual American dishes brought out.

And there's nothing more Texan or southwestern than the Ranch Style beans, which is a Texan staple you can match with so many types of ingredients. Unfortunately, you won't be able to find these Ranch Style Beans outside the Friendship State! But not to worry, as you can find a great Ranch Style Beans substitute you can enjoy anytime.

Wondering what awesome Ranch Style Beans substitute you can use? Read on as I show you the three best ones!

Need a Ranch Style Beans Substitute? The Top Three Best Ones​

Take note that these two substitutes for Ranch Style Beans won't exactly be the most perfect, but they are closest to the beans and will give you the taste you have been looking for. The reason why many people create these substitutes is that these beans can only be bought or delivered from the Friendship State.

And we all know that it can be difficult looking for these beans around your local area. That's why I tried these easy recipes to help you be able to create your own Ranch Style Beans without having to go all the way to Texas to taste or purchase a can!

So without further ado, here are my three favorite substitutes and how to use them!

Making Your OWN Ranch Style Beans with Pinto Beans​

Sure, there's never the perfect substitute. But this one is one of the closest recipes to the beans that you'll feel as if you were back in Texas and tasting the authentic southwestern cuisine you love. So try making these beans from scratch and see how it goes for you! This is best for those who have time and would like something made from them.


First Part:​

  • One pound of pinto beans (better if dried and soaked for an hour)
  • Two teaspoons of Chicken stock
  • Four ounces of Chopped Pork
  • Three teaspoons of Brown sugar
  • Half a teaspoon of Black pepper
  • Quarter teaspoon of Cumin
  • Half a teaspoon of Oregano
  • Quarter teaspoon of Paprika
  • Two cloves of minced garlic
  • One chopped medium onion
  • 1.5 tablespoons of chili powder
  • Five cups of water
  • Quarter teaspoon of liquid smoke

​Last Part:

  • Quarter cup of tomato puree
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of brown sugar


Mix all the ingredients (except those reserved for the last part of the recipe) in a large pot.Cover the pot and allow the mixture to simmer for about five hours. You may want to add more water to cover the beans and allow it to cook well.

During the last hour of cooking, add the tomato puree, salt, and sugar.

Taste the beans and season it to taste. Once it's done cooking and it tastes the way you like it, turn off the heat and enjoy!

Making Ranch Style Beans With Kidney or Red Beans​

If you have no pinto beans available near you, then another great alternative would be kidney beans. Make sure that you get the light red variety! If you have no kidney beans, then red beans will work as well. This may be a bit easier, as it contains ingredients you can easily find at home.


  • One can of kidney or red beans
  • Six tablespoons of onion powder
  • Half a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One teaspoon of chili powder
  • One and a half cup of ketchup
  • One teaspoon of brown sugar (for ketchup that isn't too sweet)
  • Half a teaspoon of powdered coriander
  • Two basil leaves
  • One pound of bacon, beef, or ground chuck


1. Prepare the beans and look for stones that need to be removed. Pour water over the beans in a large bowl, allowing them to soak for about four hours or overnight. You can opt to cook the meat or let it cook with the beans later on.

2. Mix all the ingredients (except the meat) together in one large pot, allowing it to simmer for about one hour. Add the meat after that. Doing so will prevent the beans from becoming tough.

3. After two hours, turn off the heat and taste to see if the beans are cooked and at the perfect consistency. Add seasonings such as salt if needed. Now your beans are ready to serve!

One of the Best and Popular Ranch Style Beans Substitute​

​While the other two mentioned above are ideal alternatives to the famous canned beans, this is my personal favorite as it tastes almost exactly the same because it uses ancho chiles and basic ingredients without the meat. It's quick and perfect for vegetarians.


  • 16 ounces of dried pinto beans
  • Six ancho chiles with its stems and seeds removed
  • Six cloves of minced garlic
  • One diced onion
  • One can of tomatoes (15 ounces or two peeled medium-sized tomatoes)
  • One teaspoon of brown sugar
  • One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of cumin
  • Half a teaspoon of oregano
  • One cup of water
  • Six cups of beef broth
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning


1. Soak the beans overnight or place it in a pot of water to boil. Turn off the heat and let it sit for an hour. Drain the beans after.

2. Cook the chiles on each side for a few minutes (until it bubbles and pops) on medium-high heat. Turn off the heat after it's cooked and fill it with warm water. Now, wait for the chiles to sit and rehydrate, which will take about half an hour.

3. Now it's time to cook your beans. Before that, cook the onions with a teaspoon of canola oil, letting it cook for ten minutes on medium heat. Then add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Put the onions and garlic in a blender, as well as the tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, seasonings, water, and ancho chiles. Puree until it has a smooth mixture.

4. Add the pinto beans and broth into a pot, stirring in the chile puree while doing so. On high heat, let the pot boil and then cover it, turning the heat back to low. Let the mixture sit for about two and a half hours, stirring it occasionally. Depending on how soft you want it, it may take up to four hours.

5. Once it has the consistency you like, season the beans with salt and pepper to taste. Let it cool and serve!

And that's it! Now that you have the Ranch Styles Beans substitute to try out, you can now serve it on the side with your favorite southwestern dishes or have it as a main course mixed with dirty rice, more meat, and delicious cheese. It makes a fantastic and filling meal everyone will love.

In Conclusion​

There are a ton of things you'll be able to do with Ranch Style Beans, which offer the authentic southwestern cuisine. Whether you want to have it on the side or as a main dish mixed with your favorite ingredients such as rice, meat, or indulgent cheese, then you'll be able to do that easily and without the hassle. If you don't have any Ranch Style Beans available, then not to worry! You'll be able to enjoy it with other alternatives.

I hope that this article on the best Ranch Style Beans substitute helped you find the one you can use for your next dish today. So don't wait any longer and try out any of these alternatives to see which works well for you!

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences with using the perfect Ranch Style Beans substitute, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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