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poor man's mongolian beef

Recipe by
Kimber Flory
Stafford, VA

This delicious, easy one pot meal is a family favorite of my husband's. While it won't replace the Mongolian Beef he can get at a restaurant, it's less expensive and easier than the real thing. Great for a quick week night dinner. The kick the spice gives it will warm you up on a cold night too! A real family favorite.

yield 5 - 6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For poor man's mongolian beef

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 2 tsp
    fresh ginger - grated
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2 c
    beef broth
  • 4 Tbsp
    hoisin sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lb
    spaghetti, cooked

How To Make poor man's mongolian beef

  • 1
    In a large pot, cook spaghetti until done. I don't recommend salting the water. Drain and set aside.
  • 2
    In the same pot, put the ground meat into brown, stirring and breaking it up. When ground meat is almost done, add freshly grated ginger, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Allow to finish cooking.
  • 3
    In a separate bowl mix beef broth, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Stir until brown sugar is dissolved. Add in corn starch and mix until there are no lumps. Add to the ground meat mixture and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer until sauce thickens. It should be about the consistency of gravy.
  • 4
    Turn the heat off of the meat mixture and add in the spaghetti noodles, tossing until fully combined. Allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the noodles to absorb the sauce and the flavor. If needed, you can turn the heat back on to warm back up, but keep stirring to keep it from burning.
  • 5
    Note: When I have made this, I have not always had hoisin sauce and have made it without it. It does add a great flavor, but it is good without it as well.