American Chop Suey

Source is Lynn Ordorf, 1976. Pueblo, CO. Please note, this recipe has nothing to do with what we call Chop Suey. This was a recipe that was given to my Mom back in 1976. Maybe 30 years ago in the the Midwest someone thought this resembled Chinese food.

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American Chop Suey

American Chop Suey is a dinner classic from the 1970s.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Chop Suey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 468kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups celery chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms canned
  • 10 ounces cream of chicken soup canned
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 can Chop Suey Noodles


  • Brown beef, then add celery and onion to simmer in pan. Add mushrooms, soup, and 1 1/2 C. water, soy sauce, and rice. Bake for 1 hour. Put Chop Suey noodles on top and bake for 15 minutes more.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1627mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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  1. Lisa

    American Chop Suey in New England is a little different but also diner food and popular in homes and school lunches in the 70s. Hamburg, onions, macaroni and tomato sauce. If you want to get “fancy” you might add garlic or other seasonings. And yes, no actual resemblance to any Chinese dish.

  2. Stephanie Manley

    This recipe was one given to my Mom about 40 years ago. It’s what Kathy Perez called American Chop Suey.

  3. Forgetaboutit

    How is that even chop suey? Do you know what chop suey is? Where’s the vegetables: the bok choi, the broccoli, the bamboo shoots, the onion, mushrooms, baby corn?

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