Party Beans

Hi all! My name is Jamie but mostly on the interwebs I go by Mischiefmaker1 or some variation.  When K approached me about doing another guest spot I had no idea what I would do for ya’ll. I’ve got my  hands in so many pies and I wear so many hats, it’s hard to choose. I had originally intended a children’s craft but I forgot we had a party over the weekend and I thought, “why not share this bean recipe??” and thus, beans. LOL

I would love to say this is a good ole’ southern recipe, since I’m a good ole’ southern cook, but it isn’t. I actually got this from some of my hubby’s Midwest family. Where she got it, I have no clue. Hopefully you will enjoy the recipe as much as we do. It’s one of the variations of Baked Beans I have in my huge recipe collection. I’m a total recipe hoarder. I only get rid of recipes when I’ve tried them and I KNOW none of my family will appreciate it. That rarely happens, but occasionally it does.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a little bit of everything. I’m a wife, a mom of two; a thirteen year old girl and six year old boy, both of whom keep me hella busy. I’m very active in our church, I’m a Girl Scout leader, I’m an avid reader, I write (usually fanfic at ) but I also scrapbook, I co-lead our GS day camp…oh, and I work, too. I’m a southern girl with a southern taste for food, which is part of the reason I like this recipe so much.

Tara’s Ranch Beans. The most epic thing about this is you can cook it in the oven for an hour OR you can set it to go in the crock pot. It’s very versatile. It’s also SUPER easy to double it for a party.

** PLEASE NOTE: We were, naturally, going to a “party” so I doubled this recipe.

Bean pic 1

Tara’s Ranch Beans


1 Lb. Hamburger
2 15 oz. Cans (or 1 large can) Pork and Beans, drained
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Envelope onion soup mix
½ Cup cold water
1 ¼ Cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. Mustard
½ Cup vinegar


Brown hamburger and drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add remaining ingredients and bake for 1 hour.

**May also cook in crockpot on high 1 hour then on low 4 hours.

They may not be pretty, but they’re delicious!

Additional note: If you find these are too soupy for your taste, you may cut down the water by half. Play with the ingredients. I usually do! Next time, instead of hamburger, I’m going to try it with sausage! Let me know how YOU like to fix them!

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