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Easy Chow Mein Recipe

Easy Chow Mein Recipe

Our daughter welcomed me home from a hospital stay some years ago with this Asian dish and a copy of the recipe. Now, I freeze leftovers for fast future meals. —Kay Bade, Mitchell, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, sliced
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) Chinese vegetables, drained
  • 2 envelopes brown gravy mix
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Hot cooked egg noodles or rice


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the celery, Chinese vegetables, gravy mixes and soy sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until celery is tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with noodles. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

Purchase celery with crisp, firm and unblemished ribs and fresh green leaves. Refrigerate celery in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks. Wash and trim the base and leaves just before serving.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without noodles): 361 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 897mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2018

"Ouch! This dish did NOT pass our taste test. Waste of time and ingredients. Sorry TOH."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2017

"loved this!! tho i didnt add clerery, theres plenty in the veggies!!! tasted just like what my mom used to make using beef and pork roasts will definitely make it again!!

snobbish commenters lol"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2017

"Gross! I expected a whole lot more from this website, canned vegetables? Hamburger meat? Besides having absolutely no nutrition this dish is loaded with sodium, disgusting !!!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2017

"Very bland. Canned veggies add nothing to this. Much better recipes for easy chow mein!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2017

"I have made something similar. I make a big pot of rice. I make the ground beef and I add Indonesian kejap (a somewhat sweet soy sauce) . You can use soy, teriyaki sauce or tamari and add sugar if you can't find kejap.

It can be found online in Asian stores or Amazon. The I make everything the same and add lots of bean sprouts. I leave out the gravy mix and reduce the amount of celery. I serve it over rice with lots of kejap sauce. LOL"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

"Sorry, not for us. My husband didn't care for the gravy mix flavor of the dish. I'll try a different sauce."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2017

"A really terrific and easy recipe! I put a bit of my own spin, and the flavors my family loves. I used leftover roast beef, instead of ground beef which would seem a bit more authentic texture to me. Someone else had suggested it, so I did not drain the vegetables for extra liquid. In addition I also added about a teaspoon to teaspoon and a half of garlic for extra flavor and a can of water chestnuts. I did not feel like using a crock pot so I simmered it on the stove on low heat for about 6 hours. It was warm, delicious and all the flavors blended well. It will be in my regular rotation of Asian flavors. I served the chow mein over rice and found it to be a filling and satisfying dish that was a real hit with everyone I served it to!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"I was so disappointed by this recipe! Taste of Home rarely disappoints, but this time it did. No flavor. Not worth the effort.

- Theresa"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Was really surprised at how good this was, really easy and a good change of pace."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"can this be made with chicken, small pieces of chicken? I do not eat any ground meat"

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