For all of you who are confusing Ranch Style Beans with TEXAS RANCH STYLE BEANS, let me try to eliminate the confusion. ConAgra is using Sneaky Marketing. Ranch Style Beans & TEXAS RANCH STYLE BEANS are two different formulas or recipes of Beans. The Current Ranch Style Beans are milder and lack the "Southwestern", Cowboy Beans Flavor that TEXAS RANCH STYLE BEANS had. The labels are similar but the product is DEFINITELY different. The TEXAS variety had more of a Cumin, Chili powder kick to them. I don't know for a fact that they are not making the TEXAS variety anymore, but I have searched almost every Supermarket in the PHX area, and can't find them anymore. I think they gave up the PRECIOUS shelf space to introduce some other new flavors.
So, that being said, I started looking for Substitutes today and I found two possibilities. I've not tried either one yet, but based on their labels and ingredients list, they may work.
The 1st one is Bush's Best "Chili Beans - Pinto Beans in Mild Chili Sauce". The Ingredients list includes Pinto Beans, Water, less than 2% salt, modified corn starch, tomato paste, spices, (I love it when they just say "Spices"
), corn oil, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, extractive of paprika. Bush's is located in Good Ol' Rocky Top -Knoxville TN, the home of some of our most Distinguished Members, including Paul Smith. www.bushbeans.com
The 2nd one is a private label brand of Frys Supermarket, a division of Kroger, so you might find it in other divisions of Kroger stores. It's labeled "Frys Chili Hot Beans in Chili Gravy". The ingredients label includes Pinto Beans, Water, tomato paste, Salt Seasonings that include (Chili Pepper and other Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Soybean Oil), Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Soybean Oil, Dextrose, Calcium Chloride. Sounds very similar to Bush's. www.interamericanproducts.com
(A Kroger Private Label Company I suspect.)
I'll let you know how the taste test will go!