American Chop Suey

American chop suey bears no resemblance to Chinese-American chop suey. It got its name because like the pseudo-Chinese dish, it is a higgledy-piggledy mix of ingredients — at least elbow macaroni, ground beef, and tomato sauce with the possible addition of cheese and breadcrumbs. Never fashionable, but once fairly common on Yankee school-lunch menus and on the dinner table in frugal homes, American chop suey is now a rarity occasionally found in old-time diners.

Restaurants With This Dish

Cole Farms - Franks & Beans
Cole Farms


Putney Diner


Tilt’n Diner


American Chop Suey Recipes

Bolw full of ground beef, tomato sauce, and elbow macaroni

American Chop Suey


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