Ranch-Style Beans (AKA Cowboy beans)

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This recipe comes from memories of my husband of his mothers "chili beans" Of course I changed it a bit and the title cause we all Know there are no beans in "chili"

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place beans in a dutch oven: add water 2 inches above beans.
  2. Bring to a boil, boil 1 minute.
  3. Cover and remove from heat and let stand 1 hour Drain Bring beans and 8 cups water to a boil in dutch oven Cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour until beans are tender Add onion, and the next 7 ingredients simmer 30 minutes Add tomatoes simmer 30 minutes and serve.
Most Helpful

These are great but I decided to make some changes and it worked for us.They turned out like the canned ranch style beans.I added 2 tsps.cumin,1 smoked ham hock,and a can of enchilada sauce.I think the enchilada sauce did it.Great with cornbread.Thanks,cher

nesbitt929 November 12, 2007

This was AWESOME! I have tried many of your recipies and they are all so good! I switched the the pinto beans to red kidney and served over rice. They ate the whole pot. Thanks for your amazing recipies.

maryann9604_9456560 June 29, 2010

Absolutely wonderful. I tripled the recipe and made them in a 18 quart roaster oven.. The amount fed 60 people. Everyone loved them.

morgandezign August 17, 2007