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American Chop Suey (American Goulash)

This Classic American Chop Suey Recipe is easy to make in One Pot, the Crock Pot, or the Instant Pot! The flavors blend together perfectly for a traditional comfort food that your family will love.

See recipe notes for how to convert this from a One Pot recipe to a Crock Pot or Instant Pot recipe!

A wooden spoon stirring a pot of hot American Chop Suey.

American Chop Suey

If you live outside of New England, it’s very likely that you know this classic comfort food as “Goulash” vs. American Chop Suey. Today, I’m sticking to my roots and calling it the latter.

The truth is, they’re really one in the same. (Unless you’re talking about Hungarian Goulash, which is made with Chuck Roast or Stew meat.)

No matter what though, this nostalgic recipe is one of my all-time favorites, it’s so easy to make in One Pot.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Brown the ground beef and drain excess grease. Mix in tomato paste and seasonings. Add onions, peppers, and celery. 

A dutch oven with cooked ground beef with onions, peppers, and celery being added for American Chop Suey.

Cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, undrained diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Stir to combine. Add macaroni.

A dutch oven with meat mixture, tomato base, and uncooked macaroni for making American Chop Suey.

Bring to a gentle boil. Stir occasionally until the liquid is reduced and pasta is cooked through. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese if desired and serve!

A dutch oven before and after cooking American Chop Suey.

Crock Pot + Instant Pot Method

This recipe can be easily converted to cook in the Crock Pot or Instant Pot, see the notes section in the recipe card for full instructions.

Pro Tips For This Recipe

  • For slightly thicker sauce, mix 1 Tablespoon of flour into the ground beef and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in a dab of softened cream cheese at the end for a hint of creaminess
  • Add a dash of hot sauce for an added kick.
  • A combination of Ground Beef and Italian Sausage adds great depth of flavor.
  • Feel free to add frozen carrots, peas, corn, or jalapeno peppers.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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American Chop Suey

4.97 from 32 ratings
This Classic American Chop Suey Recipe is easy to make in One Pot with simple ingredients. The flavors blend together perfectly for a traditional comfort food that your family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 + ½ lbs. ground beef, 85% lean
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth, or beef broth
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Instructions

  • Note: if adding cheese, shred it from a block and set aside before you begin. It shouldn’t be cold when added to the pot. Refrain from packaged shredded cheese if possible as it contains cellulose which prevents it from melting well.
  • Brown beef in a large pot over medium heat until cooked through. Drain grease.
  • Mix in seasonings and tomato paste.
  • Add in onions, peppers, and celery cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Mix in the tomato sauce until combined.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, undrained diced tomatoes and chicken broth.
  • Add the uncooked macaroni, stir to combine. Bring to a light and gentle boil.
  • Cover for 4 minutes. Uncover and run a silicone spatula along the bottom. Gently lift up anything that is settled on the bottom.
  • Cover partially and boil gently for 4 more minutes. Run a silicone spatula on the bottom again.
  • Heat for 2-3 more minutes or until macaroni is cooked through. Taste-test a noodle for doneness before proceeding. Turn off heat. The pasta will continue to absorb remaining liquid.
  • If desired, gradually sprinkle cheese on top and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Crock Pot Method

  • Use half the amount of broth and only add the rest if desired.
  • Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Drain excess grease.
  • Transfer everything except the macaroni and shredded cheese to the Crock Pot.
  • Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5.
  • Add the macaroni and shredded cheddar and cook for 30-45 minutes, watch carefully so the pasta doesn't overcook and become mushy. 
  • Add remaining broth if desired and serve!

Instant Pot Method

  • Use half the amount of broth and only add the rest if desired.
  • Cook ground beef on sauté mode until browned and cooked through. Drain grease.
  • Mix in seasonings and tomato paste.
  • Add in onions, peppers, and celery cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Mix in the tomato sauce until combined.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, undrained diced tomatoes and chicken broth.
  • Stir in the macaroni. Secure the lid and close the pressure seal valve.
  • Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. Flip the quick release valve.
  • Add the remaining broth if desired and stir in the cheese. The macaroni will continue to absorb the liquid and will thicken upon standing. 

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 2846mg, Potassium: 1216mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 1138IU, Vitamin C: 48mg, Calcium: 335mg, Iron: 6mg

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77 comments on “American Chop Suey (American Goulash)”

  1. I made this with great reviews from my family with these modifications:
    -reduced salt and Worcestershire due to sodium concerns
    -did not use garlic powder at all
    -chose to soften the onions and bell peppers before adding to the dish
    -reduced the amount of liquids slightly (diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth) because I wanted the dish to be a bit drier than pictured.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your modifications and for taking the time to leave such a great review Faye!❤️ I’m so happy you liked this one!

  2. Does this freeze well?

  3. This was simple to make and delicious! My husband is very critical and he raved about it. Definitely going to make it again. 

  4. I made this recipe vegan by substituting the meat for a meatless ground and cheese with dairy free cheese. This recipe is easy, quick and definitely one of my new favorites! My husband adores it! Thank you!

  5. Excellent!  A great one pot recipe. I made this in my Dutch Oven.  This recipe now replaces a previous American Chop Suey recipe I have.  I followed another reviewers comment about adding a little brown sugar to the pot.  It removed some of the acidity from the tomato sauce.  Perfect!

  6. I used the Instant pot version. Soooo good. Love you recipes. Thank you for sharing. 

  7. English here.. When you say tomato sauce, do you mean a pasta sauce like marinara? Thank you x

    • Hey Melanie!! It’s like using Tomato Passata, let me know if that doesn’t help clarify!! 🙂 Thank you and enjoy!! -Stephanie

    • You’ll find cans of tomato sauce next to tomato paste and other canned tomato products.  It usually doesn’t have all the extra flavorings added like a pasta sauce.

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