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“The classic American Chop Suey is a mixture of pasta and ground beef with onions and green peppers.   My version is like a pasta e fagioli with pork and beans and  ground beef .   No onions or green peppers!  It is an easy meal to throw together.  Most  people wouldn’t think of adding a can pork and beans with the juice to a tomato sauce.  I’ve told people to mix it, and at first they go “Yuck!”  or “NO WAY!”  But after they’ve tried it, they are so surprised that it really is very good!  

I don’t know why, but this became our family tradition to take to the beach.  I put it in a large thermos to keep it hot and bring it along.   Here is my husband Bill at the beach holding our famous dish.   If we go to the beach someone will ask  for this Chop Suey.   Enjoy!” 

Servings: 8


3/4 pound elbow pasta
1 pound ground beef
24 ounces tomato sauce
1 (11-ounce) can pork and beans, undrained 


1. In a large pot of salted water, boil the pasta until tender. Drain and return the pasta to the large pot. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain any grease.
3. Add the cooked ground beef to the cooked pasta, stir in the tomato sauce and can of pork and beans.

Nutritional Information

American Chop Suey

Servings Per Recipe:  8

Amount Per Serving:  1-1/2 cups
Calories: 292
Calories from Fat: 33

* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 10g 16%
* Saturated Fat 6g 30%
* Cholesterol 35mg 12%
* Sodium 587mg 24%
* Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
* Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
* Protein 17g 31%
* Sugars 6g
* Vitamin A 9%
* Vitamin C 14%
* Calcium 0%
* Iron 13%

* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



  1. Bill March 9, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Our traditional beach supper! Most requested.

    1. Angie March 9, 2016 at 2:02 am

      All the kids ask for this at the beach!

  2. ang1m November 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    HI Maryann! Tomato sauce is just pure tomatoes simmered down and is thinner than a pasta sauce or a spaghetti sauce, which has oil and spices added, and in many recipes the sauce making starts with a tomato paste. You can use either the tomato sauce or the pasta or spaghetti sauce, whichever one you have on hand really, it doesn’t matter. I like it plainer tasting, less spicy. The pork and beans add their own flavor. Use whatever sauce YOU like and it will be great! 🙂

    1. Anonymous November 24, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Thank you very much, it will be on the table for dinner this upcoming week

  3. maryann November 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    do you mean tomato sauce or pasta sauce


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