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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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lucy_on_the_hill User ID: 163576 265120
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."

llheath User ID: 6590379 259547
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!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 245892
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"

lpoetzman User ID: 7381676 244881
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

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

[email protected] User ID: 7787468 244604
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

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

sashadle User ID: 4031808 43457
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"Although, easy to make, take a pass on this one. This was not a very tasty meal. I give it 1 star, just because how easy it was to prepare."

mygrls03 User ID: 6912873 88264
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"<p>Super easy, inexpensive ingredients and makes a fairly large batch. Very flavorful and my kids just loved it!I  I did not drain the vegetables for extra moisture and only used 2 stalks of celery.</p>"

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 203913
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I also added canned Chung King crispy noodles sprinkled on top."

lwilles19630 User ID: 2098418 27361
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"Made this for supper tonight. I did cut back on the celery to 3 large stalks. For those wondering why the recipe does not call for water. Does not need added water, enough mositure from the vegetables. Will make again."

eye_lady User ID: 4552636 28921
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"I used Bok Choy instead of celery, and used fresh chinese veggies and canned water chestnuts. It was rich and beefy and my family ate all of it. I will make this again, we all loved it!"

gunnie4659 User ID: 3720954 33083
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"My husband is not a fan of chinese food, but ate every bit on his plate! Great recipe!"

[email protected] User ID: 1450029 203912
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"This turned out really very good but I think the submission was missing something. I added 1 cup of water, some broccoli and mushrooms. I think the next time I make it, I will use fresh carrots and bean sprouts since the celery is fresh anyway and I'll use only the canned bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. In addition, although the ground beef was fine, sliced beef would be great."

jpsluis User ID: 2086387 67297
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2008

"Very easy to make, excellent for a quick dinner. I did not use a whole bunch of celery as called for I cut that in half and I also added Bead Molasses to the mix."

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