Texas Ranch Beans Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 160 MINUTES

1 ratings


  • 1/4 lb salt pork
  • 1 lb dried pinto beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, (up to 4)


First, rinse the dried beans and remove any stones or dirt. Cut the pork into thin strips and rinse. Cover the beans with water, add the pork and garlic and boil until tender over medium heat (low boil), about 2 1/2 hours. Beans should always be covered with water. If needed, add more hot water to cover - especially if you want more bean broth. When the beans are tender, season with salt, to taste, and chili powder. Then let the beans sit and absorb these flavors for a while.


Cook's tip: If you want to speed up the cooking process, you can soak the beans in water overnight. Then drain and begin the cooking steps. Also, salting the beans when they first begin to cook can make them tough, so always salt after beans are tender.


This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. We have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Texas Ranch Beans


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1 Review

Cyndee 9/30/2014
Well being that

Well being that I am a Texas girl we don't always use water to cook the beans sometimes I will cook my beans in beer and they are so yummy ! But I have made this recipe and it's great too ! So glad you are back I show have missed you lol lol !!!

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