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There's a certain tenderness that comes from gathering with loved ones over a home-cooked dinner and listening to tales of yesteryear. Chow Mein, which translates to "stir-fried noodles," is an essential dish in all Chinese kitchens. Bringing an Asian staple to Midwesterners' tables, our slow-cooked Ground Beef Chow Mein adds a flavorful, saucy touch to any weeknight meal. By using a slow cooker, you can tenderize the meat while the oriental flavors combine harmoniously throughout the day. Whether it's a busy evening or a relaxing weekend, this meal will bring everyone together at the table with smiles and appetites.

To complement a dish as robust as Ground Beef Chow Mein, try topping it with a crunchy salad tossed in sesame ginger sauce or steaming some broccoli for an extra crunch and nutritional boost. And if you're looking to amp up the heat a little, serve with a side of chili oil or Sriracha.

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Chow Mein with Ground Beef Cooked in a Slow Cooker for 6 People

The recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of ground beef.

- Mince three cloves of garlic - Chop one big onion

—Sliced celery, 2 cups

—one-fourth cup of soy sauce

- Hoisin sauce, 1 tablespoon

1 teaspoon of ginger, ground

- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, black

Three quarters of a cup of beef broth and two cups of shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix

One julienned carrot and one can (five ounces) of water chestnuts (drained and diced)

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Eight ounces of cooked and drained spaghetti or chow mein noodles

How to Follow

1. Preheat a pan over medium-high heat and brown the ground meat. Put the meat in the slow cooker when it's browned and crumbled.

Second, add the sliced celery, minced garlic, and diced onion to the slow cooker with the meat.

3. mix the beef broth, ground ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, black pepper, and a small bowl and whisk to mix. Toss the meat and vegetable combination with this flavorful sauce.

4. Once the veggies are soft and the flavors have melded, cover and simmer on low for about 6 hours.

Shave the cabbage, julienne the carrot, and toss in the water chestnuts about 30 minutes before serving. To ensure that everything is heated thoroughly, turn the heat up to high and cook the noodles as directed on the box.

6. Letting each strand of chow mein noodles absorb up that delectable sauce, serve the robust beef and vegetable sauce over a heaping bed of noodles.

Tips and Variations—If your family is dealing with finicky eaters, you may tailor the vegetables to fit everyone's tastes or slip in some finely chopped greens for some hidden nourishment.

- A Zucchini spirals, instead of noodles, provide a low-carb alternative; simply sauté them for the last 20 minutes to retain their "al dente" taste.

- A Toss in any excess vegetables instead of letting them go to waste. One of the best things about Chow Mein is how versatile it is; it's great for utilizing up random vegetables.

- A Before serving, garnish with crispy fried noodles or sesame seeds for a crunch. It's the textures, baby.

- A Do not be bashful about cooking a bit extra for tomorrow's lunch—this Ground Beef Chow Mein tastes even delicious as leftovers! Keep in mind that the slow cooker is a buddy in merging flavors without hassle.

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