Ranch Style Beans {Back to School Recipe}

Ranch Style Beans

Back to school, back to school! It’s a busy time for kids and parents alike, and that’s without worrying about mealtime. While it can be tempting to dip into last year’s repertoire, why not try fuelling the family with some fresh new dishes?

Chef Paul Mon-Kau of The District Restaurant Group isn’t just a whiz in the kitchen at his three North Vancouver restaurants – he’s also a dad and a bonafied home-chef. Check out one of his favourite easy recipes to make weeknight dinners stress-free and satisfying:

Ranch Style Beans

Ranch Style Beans


  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 2 cups chopped red onion
  • 2 can beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

2)Cook and stir ground and onion in a skillet over medium heat until beef is browned and onions are translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well.

3)Mix the beans, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir ground mixture into bean mixture. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.

4)Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 45 minutes.


Paul’s Tip: You can swap the beef for ground turkey to be even leaner, or use Ground Round to make the dish vegan! You can also put it on buns and make Sloppy Joes!


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39 responses to “Ranch Style Beans {Back to School Recipe}”

  1. Yummy! Looks delicious.

  2. That looks like a great sloppy sandwich, which is always a big hit in our house!

  3. This would be great to have for dinner today, it’s cold and rainy. Love the simplicity…..and it just looks so satisfying!

  4. Who doesn’t like a hearty, sloppy sandwich

  5. These sound delicious and I know my grandkids would love them! Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Mmmm looks delicious. Bring it on!

  7. These Ranch Style Beans sounds so delicious and simple to make and I thank you so much for this recipe.

  8. Looks tasty, but I think to messy for a school lunch

  9. I want to try this it looks so good

  10. wow this looks so delish .. making me hungry , thanks for sharing a must try 🙂

  11. This looks very good and a great way to get good food into the kids. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Looks great! My kids LOVE kidney beans what awesome dinner idea.

  13. This looks great ! think ill have to try it , maybe over some rice !

  14. I love the look of this delicious sandwich because I love beans and hambuger.It’s a big favorite in our house and this sounds almost like a great sloppy joe.I like that you can switch to chicken or turkey too.

  15. I made this today with some left over turkey thrown in and it is SO SO amazing!! It was a huge hit, even with my kids!

  16. Looks amazing

  17. This looks great! Would love it to use for sloppy joe’s, thanks!

  18. I’ve been looking for new recipes for potlucks – definitely going to try this one out!

  19. this looks delicious. I will definitely be trying this one!

  20. Just saying, my kids and my hubs would devour this!! Thanks for the recipe. Consider it pinned and primed!! 🙂

  21. Oh yummy yummy yummy!!! Looks like dinner is set for tonite!!


  22. This sounds so hearty and warming!

  23. this looks really good! Pinned for later!!

  24. This sounds so good and it seems like an easy week night dinner to put together. I would definitely add jalapenos to ours too.

  25. I’ve had these before, they are really good

  26. I know that this Ranch Style Beans recipe is a winner. I plan to make it as sloppy Joes and leave out the meat so that it is a complete veggie dish. I think this would make a wonderful meal even without the meat.

  27. We really enjoyed this recipe

  28. That looks like an amazing great sloppy sandwich

  29. I will definitely be trying this one again real soon

  30. This recipe looks really good and fairly easy, which is great because I’m not that good at cooking. So thanks for giving me something that even I can do.

  31. Hubby loves this for breakfast

  32. Your “Ranch Style Beans” look and sound yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Ive actually made this for the boys for breakfast,they love

  34. I like how versatile this recipe is; I can also make it meat free. Thanks!

  35. Mmm kind of like a sloppy joe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  36. Mmmmm this sounds and looks so good, this is a dish that my husband would like as well, and the kids because of the farts it will make lol

  37. This looks delicious and quick to make

  38. These sound so good. The perfect snowstorm food.

  39. This is exactly the kind of comfort food I want to eat. Thanks for the recipe.

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