Prepare this fantastic beef chop suey recipe with ground beef, ginger, and soy sauce combined with chicken, pork, shrimp, vegetables, or create a chop suey combo or ultimate stir fry.
🐔 Chicken Chop Suey
Chicken chop suey is the second most popular recipe. I prefer and recommend using skinless boneless chicken legs which taste amazing and are affordable. Substitute beef for chicken at 1:1 ratio.
🐖 Pork Chop Suey
Pork chop suey is great when you want an alternative to beef or chicken mentioned above. Pork is another affordable option and popular in chop suey combos. Substitute pork for beef at 1:1 ratio.
🦐 Shrimp Chop Suey
Shrimp chop suey is great if your craving a touch of seafood. While shrimp is more expensive, I feel like you use less and still achieve an amazing final dish. Substitute shrimp to beef at 0.5:1 ratio.
🥬 Vegetable Chop Suey
Vegetable chop suey is my favorite side dish. Mix up vegetables to enjoy with main dishes like my beef fried rice recipe. Consider bean sprouts, bok choy, bamboo shoots, red bell pepper, mushrooms, celery, and snow peas to name a few.
🍽 What you need
All you need is some market veggies, a couple of pounds of hamburger meat, some rice, and your good to go. Using fresh ginger, onion and garlic will give this recipe an overall better tasting oriental flavor rather than powdered alternatives.
- Butter - 2 tablespoons
- Onion - 1, chopped
- Celery - 2 stalks, finely chopped
- Ginger - 2 teaspoons
- Minced Garlic - 2 cloves
- Minced hamburger beef - 2 pounds
- Molasses - 2 tablespoons
- Soy sauce - ¼ cup
- Cornstarch - 2 tablespoons
- Water - 1 cup hot
- Water chestnuts - 1 small can
- Bean sprouts - 1 large can, drained
- Rice - 4 cups, cooked
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- Large wok or skillet
- Chopping board
- Large knife
🔪 How to make
Learn how to make this super easy beef chop suey recipe. The steps below are very basic and easy to follow for any level of cook. Just put your apron on, and let's get started!
- Heat the butter in the skillet on medium heat until it is melted, then finely chop the onion and celery and cook them until softened. Now finely chop the ginger and garlic and to the skillet, cooking for another 2 minutes.
- Once all the ingredients are softened, add the ground beef meat and turn up the heat to medium-high until it is browned.
- For the brown gravy sauce, stir in the molasses and soy sauce to the skillet mixing thoroughly.
- Then mix the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with water and add it to the ground beef. The cornstarch will act as a thickening agent, and the brown gravy sauce will begin to thicken as you stir.
- Once the consistency is thick, add the water chestnuts and bean sprouts for a few more minutes. Serve over cooked rice and enjoy!
💭 Top tip
For an extra beefy flavor, mix in some beef bouillon cubes with the hot water and cornstarch, then add it to the skillet. If you want to add some spice or extra sweetness to this dish, try adding 1 or 2 finely chopped chilis a touch of black pepper, and a tablespoon of brown sugar.
🙋 What is the difference between chop suey and chow mein?
Chop suey is made with noodles or rice, while chow mein is made with a crispy noodle with a light crunch. Chop suey has a heavy sauce and is known to have bold flavors, while chow mein is the opposite and has a nice lite sauce, allowing the meat and vegetable flavor to shine.
🙋 Is hamburger chop suey easy to make?
Yes, hamburger chop suey is the easiest variation to prepare and cook. For a quick Chinese restaurant meal, faster than take out this is a fantastic option you can easily customize. Consider the following: oyster sauce, fish sauce, snow peas, mushrooms, and bok choy to name a few.
🥗 What to serve with
This recipe is called chop suey because it is served with rice, but if you serve it with noodles, it will be chow mein. Which is my preferred choice to serve with the hamburger recipe. Serving the beef chop suey recipe with crispy fries is also a very good option if you enjoy some potatoes with your meal. Mix a tablespoon of salt and pepper with the fries before serving. Another good option is to throw in some extra vegetables, like bell pepper and sliced carrot, and eat the meal on its own without the need for rice.
Although this recipe is ideally best eaten the same day to retain its fresh flavors and perfectly cooked veggies. It is possible to store it overnight in the fridge for the next day.
Yes, this chop suey recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, but I recommend eating it the day after as the brown gravy sauce will congeal and the veggies will become soft. Make sure the dish is covered with plastic wrap so no air can get to the ingredients, as air entering will create a crust on top of the food.
Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Once the chop suey has completely cooled down, transfer the ingredients into an airtight container or a dish and wrap it with plastic wrap before freezing.
This quick and easy Asian inspired hamburger chop suey is a great choice for dinner any night of the week. On the table in under 30 minutes and with minimal prep time, it's a no-brainer - and it's so delicious, everyone's sure to love it.
Beef Chop Suey
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion - chopped
- 2 stalks celery - finely chopped
- 2 teaspoon ginger - minced
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 2 pounds hamburger
- 2 tablespoon molasses
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 small can water chestnuts - drained
- 1 large can bean sprouts - drained
- 4 cups rice - cooked
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook for another minute or two.
- Increase the heat to medium high and add the ground beef. Cook until browned.
- Stir in the molasses and soy sauce. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water, then add to the beef and stir and cook until thickened.
- Stir in the water chestnuts and bean sprouts and cook for a couple more minutes.
- Spoon over rice and serve