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!