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American Chop Suey

You only need a single pot and 10 minutes of prep for my grandmother's easy American chop suey recipe!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword American Chop Suey, american chop suey recipe, Chop Suey, easy american chop suey recipe, goulash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 292kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (or increase to 2 teaspoons for a slightly sweeter taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: grated cheese; chopped fresh parsley; crushed red pepper flakes


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Drain off the excess fat.
    Adding vegetables to a Dutch oven.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet, as well as about ¾ teaspoon of salt and a dash of pepper.
    Pouring broth into a Dutch oven.
  • Stir to combine; bring to a boil. Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 12-15 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and the sauce thickens.
    Overhead shot of hands holding a cast iron pot of the best American chop suey recipe.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Garnish with cheese and parsley, if desired.
    Square overhead shot of a bowl of american chop suey.


  • Swap out the ground beef and use ground turkey, ground pork, ground sausage, or ground chicken instead.
  • In a pinch, vegetable broth or chicken broth will be a fine substitute for the beef broth.
  • For a dish that tastes like chili mac, substitute 2 teaspoons of chili powder for the Italian seasoning.
  • Make it spicy by adding a dash of cayenne or finishing the dish with crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Add a dash of paprika to the sauce, or season with fresh herbs such as parsley, rosemary, thyme, or basil.
  • For added texture, sprinkle cheese and a few buttered breadcrumbs over the top and then place the pot under the broiler. This will give it a crunchy, cheesy topping similar to baked mac and cheese.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1063mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg