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Easy Chow Mein

Some years ago, our daughter welcomed me home from a hospital stay 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
  • Makes
    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


  • 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 until celery is tender, 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with noodles.

Chow Mein Tips

What is traditional chow mein?

Chow mein is a popular Chinese stir-fry dish made with noodles, vegetables and protein. The sauce Is typically a blend of dark and light soy sauce and oyster sauce, so feel free to add one tablespoon of each to this recipe.

What kind of noodles are used in chow mein?

Chow mein noodles are very thin egg noodles and can be used in place of the egg noodles in this dish. Look for chow mein noodles at your local grocery store, Asian market or online. You can also substitute yakisoba noodles, reserving the seasoning packet for another use.

What is difference between lo mein and chow mein?

Although these noodles are very similar in terms of ingredients, their preparation makes them different. Chow mein noodles are thinner and typically fried before adding to the dish, leaving them with a nice crispy texture. Lo mein noodles are soft and thick and simply stirred into the dish. Check out our chicken lo mein recipe. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition 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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  • Emiily
    Dec 26, 2020

    Excellent recipe and easy.

  • llheath
    Mar 2, 2020

    I totally disagree with the most recent very disingenuous reviews. Obviously, these cooks were not savvy enough to understand that sometimes you need to add a bit of flavoring that your family's palette prefers. I always add onion and some garlic to any recipe that I make with the exception of desserts. This is a delicious and high flavored meal. I serve it with spring rolls and a light fruit salad offering. (My family likes very high flavoring including a lots of red pepper, Poblano's jalapenos and the like. Bland is not even in our vocabulary)!.. This is in my regular recipe rotation when I'm making Asian flavors. It is a hit with everyone I have ever served it to. And remember folks if you have nothing nice to say , why don't you say nothing at all! Just become because some of you out there didn't like it does not make it a bad recipe. Why can't you be a little more gracious and less ugly? After all it's not all about you!

  • jimmyJEO
    Nov 23, 2019

    BLAND BLAND BLAND I even doubled the onion, and added garlic and pepper to the meat while it was cooking. Worst recipe so far from TOH like another reviewer said "Waste of time and ingredients".

  • Laura
    Jun 15, 2018

    I gave the recipe a three star because of the premise of it. I had to rework it as it cooked. First my family won't eat the canned Chinese vegetables so I cut up celery, onion, carrot, broccoli and cauliflower and steamed them all soft. I fried my beef and put all the ingredients in the frying pan and then put them in the crock pot along with a can of drained bean sprouts. I could tell there would not be enough sauce from the start so I added a cup of beef broth with some cornstarch and added that in. I let it cook up and then added more soy sauce to taste. I served it over white rice and topped it with Chow Mein noodles. It was a huge hit and I will make this again for sure. The best part about the recipe is the lack of sugar or molasses that is used in so many Chinese recipes. It's a different taste than most Chow Mein recipes but it turned out really tasty.

  • Kathilee5
    Jan 4, 2018

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

  • jeanne
    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

  • Mendi
    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 !!!

  • KookieB
    Oct 9, 2017

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

  • I_Fortuna
    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

  • lucy_on_the_hill
    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.