Best American Chop Suey Recipe

If you are looking for the best American chop suey recipe then you have come to the right place. It’s a New England classic and this recipe is the best because it was my Mom’s!

A simple tomato-based pasta dish with ground beef, onions and peppers. I am pretty sure almost everyone has had this dish before if they grew up around Boston. Budget-friendly and a great go-to for comfort food!

American chop suey in a bowl

Video – How to make american chop suey

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 28 oz Crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Dutch oven
  • Spatula
  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board

6 Simple Steps on how to make American Chop Suey

Follow these simple steps to make what I remember as my Mom’s american chop suey recipe. It is simple and easy and is a great recipe that your children will love!

Prepare the ingredients

the ingredients all spread out

To get started you will need a bell pepper and a whole onion. Make sure you wash your green pepper before you start. I like to use yellow onion but sweet onion will also work well.

Now you want to dice up your pepper and onion into 1/8″ pieces.

I like to prepare all the ingredients in their own bowls so they are ready to go when I start cooking. Being prepared really helps with you being able to concentrate on what your cooking.

Brown the ground beef

ground beef cooked in a pan

In a medium saucepan, bring a 1/2 tsp of olive oil to medium heat.

While that is heating up, cut your hamburger up into 1-inch pieces for browning. The reason I cube it up is that I buy the grass-fed beef in those square packages and this helps break it up.

Test the oil temperature by flicking a little bit of water into the pan. If it sizzles then it’s ready to go. Once the oil is hot enough, add in your ground beef.

Space out your hamburger pieces a little bit so that it can brown and release the water that is in it. Let it cook and brown before you break it up. Browning the hamburger is key to bringing out the great flavor. I have a complete recipe that shows how to cook ground beef this way.

Cook the macaroni elbows

cooked elbows in a pot

In a medium pot bring water to a boil, add salt, and the elbow macaroni.

Bring it back to a boil and cook the macaroni al dente. Once it’s cooked go ahead and strain the water out and add a little olive oil to the pasta to keep it from sticking.

Sauté veggies

sauteing the onions and peppers

Now that your ground beef is browned you can set aside the meat in another dish and return the pan to the burner. Add a little olive oil to the bottom of the pan and throw in your diced bell peppers and onions. Saute them until the onions start to become translucent.

If the fond on the bottom of the pan starts to burn, add in a little of the tomato sauce and stir it around. You will see the fond unstick from the pan. The fond adds great flavor to the sauce.

Make the sauce

the sauce in a pan

Once your peppers and onions are cooked, add your crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and ground beef to the pan. Stir it all together and let it all simmer for 20-30 minutes.

You also want to add salt to the sauce at this point. Taste it. If it needs more salt then go ahead and add it.

Bring it all together

mixing all the ingredients together cooked

Once your sauce has simmered and melded all of the flavors from the fond, sauce, meat, and seasonings together add it to your elbow macaroni. Mix it all together well and SERVE!

Don’t forget to add freshly grated parmesan cheese when you serve it. It makes the dish! American chop suey is so good reheated the next day. I am not sure what it is but the taste is amazing after it has sat in the fridge.

I have another Pasta Recipe you would really enjoy…. Best Spaghetti Meat Sauce

If you are making this recipe then you need to make my Texas toast. It is so easy to make and with compliment this recipe.

The buttery garlic taste go hand in hand.

Texas Toast on a sheet pan
Texas toast

FAQ

Where did american chop suey come from?

American Chop Suey is a New England cuisine. Outside of New England, it might be called “Goulash” or “Jonny Marzetti”.

How long can american chop suey last in the fridge?

This dish is good in the fridge for 3-4 days. I actually think that it tastes the best on the 2nd day.

How do you reheat american chop suey?

You can reheat American chop suey in the microwave or on the stovetop. I recommend adding a touch of water or beef stock to help keep it from drying out.

american chop suey in a bowl

Best American Chop Suey Recipe

A classic All American dish that is easy to prepare, budget friendly and everyone will love it!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Chop Suey, american chop suey recipe, Goulash, how to make american chop suey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Bob

Ingredients

  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 28 oz Crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Prep your veggies by washing your bell pepper, and then chopping your onions and bell pepper into small pieces
  • Preheat your frypan and when hot add the oil
  • Once the oil is good and hot go ahead and add your ground beef. Make sure to brown the beef to get that great flavor. Remove the ground beef when cooked through.
  • Now, get the water boiling for the elbow macaroni. Once the water is boiling add your macaroni and cook until al dente. Strain the water out of the macaroni.
    Add a little bit of oil to the macaroni elbows to make sure they dont stick.
  • In the same frying pan go ahead and saute the onions and peppers. Add more oil if needed.
    After the onions are translucent go ahead and add the sauce, salt, Italian seasoning and ground beef to the pan. Bring to a boil.
    After it gets to a boil turn it down to a simmer.
  • Now add it all together. Pour the sauce over the cooked elbows and mix it all together.

Notes

Tip:
Watch the video to see a step by step guide to this recipe.
Serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 1039mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 628IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 5mg

8 thoughts on “Best American Chop Suey Recipe”

  1. What you are making has been around since I was a kid I am 71 years old we called it goulash, same recipe.

  2. well i am from new England and im 53 we and all the rest of new England have always called it american chop suey story behind this is from the great depression all left over ingrediants plus the pasta which is cheap was combined to make affordable dinner for whole family

    1. I am also from New England (Boston) and you are absolutely correct. It is American Chop Suey. I have seen many versions of this with all kinds of stuffed added, but this recipe is right on!!!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the recipe that I made for my family. I am now 68 and have just rediscovered this meal. I am from Rhode Island and American chop suey is what we always called it. My daughter now makes it for her kids. The only thing I’ve changed is that I use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Tastes the same. Easy to put together and then I have a few meals. Thanks!

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