American Chop Suey

Literally, "chop suey" means odds and ends. This could also be called Chili Mac or Hungarian Goulash. It is a perfect dish to cook up with things you have around the kitchen. This recipe comes to us from one of our members.


Total Time: About 1 hour

Yield: This can feed 8-10 or also freezes well

Source: I grew up on this, My Mom's Home Cooking!


Seasoning : As I always write in recipes, start out with an 1/4 teaspoonful of each of the following seasonings, then season to taste: seasoned salt, black pepper, basil, thyme, Hungarian paprika, (opt) chili powder, Italian seasoning and parsley


  1. Using a large deep skillet, break up the ground beef by stirring well and breaking it up until it is fully cooked. If it starts to stick, add a cup of water.
  2. Add onions, celery, garlic and green pepper. Stirring well, the vegetables will begin to cook. Add all 3 cans of tomatoes, stirring in very well. Add, wine, grated cheese and all the seasonings, and (opt) rinsed beans.
  3. After letting this simmer for about 15 minutes and continue stirring, take a taste test for flavor. Usually it needs more salt, basil and chili powder, if using it. Add anything you may want at this point.
  4. Let this simmer for about a half an hour then add the elbow macaroni. Stir this gently and for a while, getting all the meat and tomato mixture combined.
  5. You can top the skillet with extra cheese sprinkled and just let it melt! Set aside. Taste better after it sits and the flavors get incorporated.


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September 23, 20140 found this helpful

I like recipes like this, thanks for sharing. Looks yummy!:)

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September 25, 20140 found this helpful

I also have a recipe for my mom's chop suey, which is more like chop suey you get at a restaurant.

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September 25, 20140 found this helpful

Does anyone remember years ago a product was called "chili mac"?
It came in a box. This was about in the 50's an 60's I do not know the company that sold it either. Do you happen to have any answers of where we might find this? Also this was not a food like China food. It was made with hamburger an macaroni. Thank you so much.

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