Friday, December 09, 2016

Ranch Beans in the Instant Pot

My daughter loves Ranch Beans - the ones in the can with the black label.  Also chili beans.  Seriously, she'd eat a whole can in one sitting if I'd let her.  I'm slowly trying to wean us off of food in metal cans, and I now have an Instant Pot which makes cooking dried beans a snap (have I mentioned I have more gadgets than kitchen space?), so I thought I'd hit the internet in search of an acceptable recipe.  I found several, and modified the most likely one to fit my daughter's taste and the ingredients I had in the house.

Instant Pot Ranch Beans
Adapted from

2 pounds dried pinto beans
2 cups tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
1 small head garlic (about six cloves), chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground oregano
2 dried bay leaves

Put all ingredients in the liner of the Instant Pot.  Add water to cover by two inches, and stir until combined.  Put on lid, making sure it's set to "sealing".  Set for 45 minutes on the manual setting.  When finished, let pressure release naturally.  Remove bay leaves before serving.

I made a batch of this today and it has gotten my daughter's seal of approval!