Ranch Style Beans Substitute: The Best Recipes In The World

When I went to Texas last year, I had a chance to taste one of the most famous foods there with true flavor: Ranch Style Beans.

It was a great harmonization of so many ingredients one another. I was really surprised at the number of ingredients and how they can combine so many of them without getting too grapey.

However, it’s not likely that we can find this type of dish everywhere. But to make a substitute for it is so much easier. Therefore, in this article today, I will show you how to make a ranch style beans substitute with full nutrition and still keep the original taste.

What are ranch style beans and why we need them?

​Ranch style beans are a type of nutritious food origins from Texas, America. It is sometimes also called the Great Western food. The product has a long history of development, which was created in 1872 by the brand having the same name.

However, until over 60 years later, the product Ranch style beans were officially launched and started penetrating the American market.

And of course, after being released, they created a huge success. It was due to their greasy but not fatty taste and delicious flavor that many people cannot forget after eating them only once.

Moreover, ranch style beans are a combination of various ingredients so they also contain a significant number of nutrients for human body. For example, fiber, vitamin, calcium, protein.​

One last great thing about ranch style beans is that they can be cooked and processed with hundreds of other dishes. I’m sure housewives are very excited when discovering that.

Therefore, I believe it will also be great to find out how to make a ranch style beans substitute to save money and provide even more nutrients to the members in your family. If you are curious about how to do that, the next part should not be missed.​

What can be used for ranch style bean substitute?​

Best ingredients for replacement

Kidney beans

It is a type of light red beans and can be used to replace pinto beans, which are a unique and primary ingredient to make ranch style beans. Kidney and pinto beans are both classified as one of the most nutritious foods in the world by numerous nutritionists.

They also have quite much alike taste and health benefits, such as preventing hypertension, resisting insulin, or providing a lot of minerals. That is why it is said to be an excellent ranch style beans substitute.

Otherwise, if kidney beans are too hard to find in your local area, red beans can be taken advantage as well. But just so you know that they can bring too much flavor to your dish.


Generally, tomatoes will be used to create a certain amount of acidity inside your ranch style beans. I suppose that there are not many difficulties in finding them. But in case there are, you can use ketchup for substitution.

Nevertheless, ketchup does not only have acidity but also sweetness. So you should pay attention to that when choosing an appropriate type. If it is too sweet, you may want to pick another one.

Powdered garlic and onions

Despite small sizes, garlic and onions play an important role in building a charming taste for your beans. Therefore, they cannot be missed in the ranch style beans ingredients. If you cannot find them for any reason, try the powdered version of both of them.

Besides, they are more convenient than fresh garlic and onions because it is easier to measure the amount you need in the dish you make.


To add more tastes to the dish, many experienced cooks often put cumin in it. And it is also the primary ingredient to make ranch style beans as well because hardly anything can replace it.

Besides, cumin has high nutrition for human body, such as providing iron or preventing cancer. However, about the taste, according to my experiences, powdered coriander or caraway seeds can solve the problem.

Brown sugar

In contrast to tomatoes, sweetener is put inside ranch style beans to create sweetness. Therefore, if you accidentally choose a-too-sweet ketchup, you may skip this ingredient.

The greatest substitute for it is brown sugar, which provides the same nutrients: calcium, potassium, vitamin B, and magnesium. Otherwise, you can try molasses or any type of unrefined sugar. They will be acceptable.


If you don’t like too much fat or protein in your ranch style beans, meat may not be an appropriate ingredient. However, in my opinion, if you like the dish to be a little greasier and easy to eat, you can have variable choices of meat.

Beef, bacon, or ground chuck are some instances depending on eating habits of each area and they are all acceptable. Or if you are a vegetarian, just feel free to try stock for veggies.


Are you wondering how ranch style beans can have such unique flavor and smell? Easy! It’s because of the content of oregano in the beans, which is also acknowledged as one of the healthiest foods in the globe.

It contains a large amount vitamin K and can help boosting anti-oxidant operation and strengthening the immune system in your body. To have the same nutrients, you can use basil, marjoram, or thyme.

However, there is one note for you is that replacing both oregano and cumin at the same time will lose the unique taste that the original food always has. So try not to do that unless you find another excellent substitute.

Chili sauce

The last ingredient is quite simple. Original Texas ranch style beans are a little spicy and taste smoky. That is why we need chili, which is often chile ancho, California, or guajillo.

Otherwise, chili sauce or chili powder can be substitutes. It does not matter how many nutrients it can bring to your body in this situation. We only need something smoky.


I can represent some fantastic recipes for your best cooking for reference. You can use them or invent your own recipe.

#Recipe 1: exas Ranch Style Beans substitute

  • 1 can of kidney beans/red beans.
  • 5 to 6 tablespoon of powdered onion.
  • ½ teaspoon of powdered garlic.
  • 1 teaspoon of chili sauce/chili powder.
  • 1 ½ cup of ketchup.
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (only when your ketchup is not so sweet).
  • ½ teaspoon of powdered coriander or 2 caraway seeds.
  • 1 or 2 basil leaves.
  • 1 pound of beef/bacon/ ground chuck

#Recipe 2: Ranch Style Beans substitute in crock spot

  • 1 pound of beef.
  • 1 envelope of onion.
  • 1.16 ounces of kidney beans.
  • 1 cup of ketchup.
  • 2 tablespoon of chili powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (only when your ketchup is not so sweet).
  • ½ teaspoon of powdered coriander or 2 caraway seeds.
  • 1 or 2 basil leaves.​


Have you been enjoying my list?

I hope you have. It was some of my experiences for you in making one of the most delicious and nutritious dishes in the world. I’m sure you will have a wonderful time cooking.