This mock chow mein recipe is a timeless casserole recipe that has been loved for generations. I grew up eating it and I still make it for my family.
Mock chow mein is a simple ground beef and rice hotdish with really great flavor and an appealing chow mein noodle crunch.
- ground beef
- cream of mushroom soup
- cream of chicken soup
- soy sauce
- black pepper
- bean sprouts
- chow mein noodles
How to make Mock Chow Mein
Saute the ground beef and onions until beef is cooked and crumbled. Drain off any extra grease.
Stir in celery, soups, water, rice, bean sprouts, soy sauce and black pepper.
Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and cover with foil.
Bake 30 minutes then remove foil and bake another 30 minutes, sprinkling on the chow mein noodles in the last 5 minutes of baking.
What to serve with mock chow mein
We love it with this spicy broccoli over fresh greens, and for dessert we love these Doubletree cookies!
How to perk up leftover mock chow mein
The casserole itself reheats nicely in the microwave, but I like to sprinkle on a handful of fresh, crunchy chow mein noodles after heating because the original noodles will have softened. I always have a tin in the pantry for this reason and because they’re fun to toss on a salad now and then.
EASY variation of mock chow mein (Great for starving college students)
In saucepan, mix together a can of cream of chicken soup, some leftover chopped chicken (or canned chicken) and about a third of a can of water. Heat on stove until hot. Make a bed of chow mein noodles on serving plates and spoon the sauce over the noodles.
Other ground beef casseroles you’ll enjoy
- Cowboy cornbread skillet casserole
- American goulash
- Cheesy beef and wild rice
- Pizza casserole
- Crunchy beef casserole with French fried onions
- Sloppy tots casserole
- Easy taco casserole
Mock Chow Mein Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Saute ground beef and onions until meat is cooked; drain.
- Add celery, both soups and warm water. Stir in rice, bean sprouts, soy sauce and pepper.
- Turn into 9 x 13-inch casserole dish and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 30 minutes, sprinkle chow mein noodles on top in the last 5 minutes of baking.