Chow Mein Casserole with Ground Beef is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that will satisfy any hunger craving. This comforting casserole combines ground beef, veggies, and chow mein noodles in one pan. It’s a perfect meal for busy weeknights or weekends when you want something filling and flavorful without spending hours in the kitchen. This dish is a crowd-pleaser that the whole family can enjoy. So, grab your ingredients, and let’s get cooking!
Chow Mein Casserole with Ground Beef
This casserole is a twist on the classic chow mein recipe, giving it a tasty new spin. Ground beef adds protein and heartiness to the dish, while the vegetables provide extra flavor, texture, and color. The chow mein noodles give the casserole a delightful crunch and are the perfect pairing to the saucy beef and vegetable mixture.
The beauty of this recipe is that it can be customized to your liking so you can add your favorite veggies, spice it up with more seasonings, or swap the ground beef for chicken or your choice of seafood. This dish is also great for leftovers, so you can enjoy it for lunch the next day or freeze it for a quick and easy meal later on. Hamburger casserole with chow mein noodles is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
In case you missed it, make sure you check out The Best Chicken And Broccoli Casserole or my Easy Cream Cheese Corn Casserole! Both are good options when cooking for a lot of people and everyone is h-u-n-g-r-y.
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Ingredients – Chow Mein Casserole with Ground Beef
- Ground beef: The star of this casserole, providing protein and heartiness to the dish. Cooked and drained beef is browned and savory, providing a flavorful base for the other ingredients.
- Cream of Chicken Soup: Cream of chicken soup is a creamy and hearty soup that adds richness and creaminess to the casserole. It helps to bind all the ingredients together while also enhancing the flavor of the beef and vegetables.
- Cream of Mushroom Soup: Cream of mushroom soup is another soup that adds creaminess to the dish, as well as a savory mushroom flavor. It pairs perfectly with the beef and vegetables, adding depth and flavor to the casserole.
- Onions: Onions are a must-have ingredient for most casseroles, adding a sweet and savory flavor that complements the beef and vegetables. Chopped onions add texture and flavor to the dish.
- Celery: Celery adds a fresh and bright flavor to the casserole, as well as a nice crunch. Chopped celery gives the dish a natural and wholesome texture.
- Sliced Water Chestnuts: Sliced water chestnuts are a unique and delicious addition to this casserole, adding a nutty and slightly sweet flavor. They also provide a nice texture to the dish.
- White Rice (uncooked): A staple ingredient in many casseroles, providing a neutral base for the other flavors. The uncooked rice cooks in the oven along with the other ingredients and soaks up all the delicious flavors from the beef and vegetables.
- Water: Water is necessary for cooking the rice and the other casserole ingredients, helping to distribute all the flavors evenly.
- Soy Sauce: A key ingredient in many Asian-inspired dishes, bringing saltiness and umami flavor to the casserole. It provides a depth of flavor and pairs perfectly with the chow mein noodles.
- Chow Mein Noodles: These noodles are a classic ingredient in Chinese cuisine, adding a crunchy texture and bringing the dish together. They are a perfect pairing to the saucy beef and vegetable mixture and provide a great texture contrast.
How to Make Chow Mein Casserole with Ground Beef
Step One: Gather The Ingredients
Gather all of the ingredients so you are ready to make this casserole. Preheat your oven to (350°F) = (176°C) and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan with cooking spray.
Step Two: Cook The Ground Beef
Using a frying pan or large skillet, brown the hamburger or ground beef on medium-high heat and drain any excess grease.
Step Three: Combine The Ingredients
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
Step Four: Scoop The Mixture Into Pan
Scoop or pour the soup and vegetable mixture evenly into the greased pan. Bake for 1-1/2 hours covered with foil, in the preheated oven.
Step Five: Add The Chow Mein Noodles
Remove the pan from the oven and remove the foil. Sprinkle the 5 ounces of Chow Mein Noodles on top and bake for an additional 10 minutes uncovered. Enjoy!
Chow Mein Casserole with Ground Beef Recipe
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, cooked, and drained
- 1 -10.5 ounce can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1 -10.5 ounce can Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups celery, chopped
- 8 -ounce can of sliced chestnuts, drained
- 1-1/2 cups white rice (uncooked)
- 2 cups of water
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 5 -ounce can chow mein noodles
Gather all of your ingredients and preheat your oven to (350°F) = (176°C). Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
In a large skillet or frying pan, brown the hamburger or ground beef and drain any excess grease.
Grab a large mixing bowl, add the cooked ground beef. Now it is time to add the two cans of soup, chopped celery and chopped onions. Drain the can of water chestnuts and add them to the mixture. Pour in the uncooked rice, water, and soy sauce. You are good to go!
Pour or scoop the mixture into the greased baking dish.
In the preheated oven, bake for 1-1/2 hours covered with foil.
Remove the pan from the oven, and remove the foil.
Sprinkle the 5 ounces of Chow Mein Noodles on top and bake an additional 10 minutes uncovered. Enjoy!
Can I use fresh vegetables instead of canned vegetables?
Yes, you can use fresh vegetables instead of canned vegetables. Just be sure to chop them small enough so they will cook properly in the casserole.
I really love this casserole recipe as is, but if you are interested in adding some additional vegetables, I would recommend mushrooms, bean sprouts, or sweet peas.
What is the best way to store this casserole?
I highly recommend storing this casserole in an airtight container. If stored properly, it should keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Can I make this dish without rice?
Yes, you can omit the rice or substitute it with another grain like quinoa or farro. The dish will still work well and taste great.
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before putting it in the oven or you’ll need to adjust the cooking time.
Do I need to cook the chow mein noodles before adding them to the casserole?
No, you can add the chow mein noodles directly to the casserole without cooking them first. They come in a can and are crispy. They are used for topping the casserole and cooking with the casserole for an additional ten minutes.
Can I freeze this casserole?
Yes, this casserole freezes well. Be sure to let it cool completely before freezing it. You can then reheat it in the oven or microwave when you’re ready to eat it.
Can I use ground chicken or turkey instead of ground beef?
Yes, you can easily substitute ground chicken or ground turkey for ground beef. The dish will still be delicious and flavorful.
What can I serve with this casserole?
This dish tastes delicious paired with a mixed green salad, dinner rolls or French bread, and some fresh fruit.
Although the casserole is made with rice, it does taste really good served over rice, quinoa, or farro.
I love a good savory casserole! Do you? Check out these other recipes:
- The Best Chicken And Broccoli Casserole
- Easy Cream Cheese Corn Casserole
- Easy Breakfast Casserole
- The Best Sweet Potato Casserole
- The Best Green Bean Casserole
- Cheesy Potato Casserole (Funeral Potatoes)
Let me know if you decide to try my chow mein casserole with ground beef recipe. It is so delicious! It has become one of my family’s favorite casserole dishes. I really love how the savory taste and creamy texture of the soups combine well with the sauces and the vegetables.
If you need to feed a big group, this is a great option. It serves about 8 people, but you could easily stretch the recipe by serving it over rice or even some egg noodles. The possibilities are endless! May God Bless this World, Linda.