Mandarin Beef Skillet Recipe

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I've served this recipe with great success at many community gatherings. It's also a favorite of the family. Everyone likes its savory sweet flavor.—Elaine Healy, Gobles, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 202 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Drain the oranges, reserving syrup. Add syrup to the meat mixture; set oranges aside. Stir in 1 cup of water, soy sauce and ginger. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine cornstarch and remaining water until smooth; stir into meat mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the celery, pepper, water chestnuts and mushrooms. Cover and cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice. Garnish with the oranges. Yield: 4-6 servings.
If you want to save time, you can make Mandarin Beef Skillet ahead and reheat it. But don't garnish with the mandarin oranges until just before serving.
Originally published as Mandarin Beef Skillet in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p204

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la210 User ID: 793713 224011
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"Was very good but needed something. A little bland."

mommy2009 User ID: 3138055 69346
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Sounds and looks a little strange at first but DH and I loved it! Easy and fast to make."

lilgrannymac User ID: 3243163 107712
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"this is awesum!!!!! even my picky grandaughter loved it. will be making this again and again. thanks for sharing."

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