Ranch Style Pinto Beans

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is a home-made and not a "can" version. Make it on a cold day, when you can spend some time in the kitchen. Guaranteed to please!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place pinto beans in large pot, cover with water, bring to rapid boil, cover and set aside.
  2. In another large pot, add olive oil and sautee onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and pepper.
  3. Add spices and simmer an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Drain and rinse pinto beans and add to vegetable mixture, along with ham hocks.
  5. Add chicken broth to cover contents.
  6. Cover and simmer, adding more chicken broth if needed, until beans are tender and liquid is absorbed, about 2 hours.
  7. Re-season with spices, as needed.
  8. Cut and flake meat from hocks into bean mixture.
  9. Serve as a side dish, or in tortilla shells with salsa and sour cream or with your favorite red or green sauce.


Most Helpful

This was good but if I make Again I will do it as PaulaG did. Too much cumin for me. I didn't have any Liquid Smoke but I think it needs some.

talldoc June 18, 2007

The recipe was divided in half. I presoaked the beans overnight and then cooked them as directed. The seasonings were added the last 30 minutes of cooking. I decreased the amount of cumin to 2 teaspoons and added 2 teaspoons Epazote. Excellent!

PaulaG April 08, 2007

Excellente!! I substituted 2 pounds of beans, used a white onion, 1 T. cumin, and 1 T. chili powder. I added 1 T. sugar and a little dill. And I used 2 tsp liquid smoke. It was awesome!!!! Thanks!!!

spatam #2 January 10, 2005

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