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Mongolian Noodles with Ground Beef

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No need for takeout, this Mongolian Noodles recipe is made with ground beef and everyday ingredients. Best of all, it can be ready in just 15 minutes!

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Mongolian noodles were one of my favorite meals when I was a kid. I loved going to the Mongolian restaurant and watching them cook it right in front of you. So you can imagine how excited I was when I was looking for a last-minute meal idea and saw this recipe for Mongolian ground beef made with ingredients I already had in my kitchen!

I tweaked the original recipe to suit my taste and its now a family favorite!

The first time I made this I didn’t have any rice noodles in the pantry but I did have regular pasta so I decided to try that. It was so delicious that I kept it in the recipe but you could easily use rice noodles instead for a more authentic Mongolian noodle dish.

You might also like this Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, Korean Turkey Bowl recipe, Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner, Fast Shortcut Stroganoff, or this Szechuan Chicken on our sister site.

Mongolian ground beef noodle ingredients


  • ground beef – you can also substitute ground chicken, turkey, or vegetarian alternatives
  • soy sauce – I recommend low sodium to balance out the high salt content of the hoisin sauce
  • hoisin sauce – this is the only “specialty” ingredient in this recipe, if you’ve never used it you can read all about it here
  • beef broth
  • brown sugar – the sweetness blends perfectly with the other flavors!
  • ground ginger
  • garlic – I keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge for easy access (found in the produce section of the store)
  • red pepper flakes – add more to make it spicy
  • pepper
  • linguine, spaghetti, or rice noodles
  • green onion (optional!)

How to Make Mongolian Noodles

Web Story step-by-step overview here.

I’m serious when I say this is a 15 minute recipe!

  1. Start your water boiling on the stove then brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Cook the pasta while you are making the meat and Mongolian sauce.
ground beef cooking in pan with Mongolian sauce
  1. After the meat is browned and drained, we add the Mongolian sauce ingredients: hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, ground ginger, minced garlic, beef broth, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.

At this point your kitchen is smelling pretty darn good, the family might start coming in asking when dinner is ready!

adding noodles to ground beef in pan
  1. Drain the noodles and immediately add to the meat and sauce, stirring well to coat. Garnish with chopped green onion and you’re ready to go!
overhead view of Mongolian noodles in pan

How to make this recipe more authentic Mongolian

If you want to make this meal authentic substitute the linguini for rice noodles and use flank steak instead of ground beef.

Cut the flank steak into strips against the grain and toss in cornstarch before frying, then assemble the sauce and toss everything together.

Mongolian noodles on white plate with green onion

Even my pickiest eater gobbled these Mongolian noodles up!


Can I reheat this recipe?

You can reheat these noodles in the microwave but it tastes best fresh from the stove. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Can it be frozen?

I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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overhead view of Mongolian noodles in pan

Mongolian Noodles with Ground Beef

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mongolian


No need for takeout, this Mongolian Noodles recipe is made with ground beef and everyday ingredients. Best of all, it can be ready in just 15 minutes!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 oz box of linguine, spaghetti, or rice noodles
  • green onion, optional


  1. Start water to boil, once boiling cook pasta according to box instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain and return to skillet.
  3. Add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and stir until combined.
  4. Add drained noodles and stir to coat.
  5. Serve with chopped green onion if desired


  • Increase the spiciness by adding more red pepper flakes.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce if the sodium content is too high for you.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 455
  • Sugar: 15.6 g
  • Sodium: 713.7 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.5 g
  • Protein: 28.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.6 mg

Keywords: Mongolian noodles




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      1. This really is a delicious recipe! I only used 8 ounces of spaghetti and it was plenty! I will adjust the recipe in the future. I will make this often.

    1. My husband and I love Asian food. This recipe is SO fast, easy and delicious! I’m making it again tonight!

  1. This was such a simple and delicious meal. Everyone in my family, kids included devoured this and asked for seconds. We ate it with an asian slaw salad (in a bag from the grocery store) it was so good i’m making it again the following week :0) Make this you will not be disappointed

  2. So, so good and easy enough for a not so great cook like me! Even my husband ate some and he dislikes most of my cooking! I might make this every week! I used linguini, mmmm.

      1. This was so easy and really very good. I used Thai rice noodles and added diced fresh red bell pepper as well as the green onion. Next time I’ll add bean sprouts, and maybe fresh cilantro. I’m thinking all the add ins for pho would be delicious with this. Thank you!

  3. We loved it. Next time we’ll add some sliced red peppers and possibly mushrooms. We used Asian chili sauce as a condiment and it was great. Will definitely make again.

    1. Loved this recipe. Added 1/2 of the noodles it called for, which made it perfect. We’ll be making this dish over and over again, with variations of meats and seafood.

  4. This was a hit and kid approved. I used porcini bouillon instead of beef broth and honey instead of brown sugar. My beef was super wet so I cooked it at a high heat to reduce…and in fact made the beef very rich and carmelized. I think it would be complete with an egg noodle or rice noodle. Thanks for a great quick recipe!

  5. This was delicious. I used 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey, added bell pepper and Sriracha for spice. We loved it! Thanks. Resembles Dan Dan Noodles that I often make.

  6. Made this tonite and it was delicious! Only change was adding onion and mushroom. Will be making this again and again!!

  7. I forgot the brown sugar but tasted excellent anyway! I added thinly sliced carrot and broccoli slaw for some veg. I will make this again for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Delicious! I took the advice of some of the comments and only added about a tablespoon of brown sugar. Sautéed onions and mushrooms then browned my beef. Kept everything else the same. Thank you for this quick delicious recipe!

  9. Excellent dish and so easy to sneek in fresh market veggies. I cut niblets off of a corn, chopped some baby spinach and added peppers. Perfect amount og hoisen, soya and stock. I was done in the 15 minutes lol.Thank you.

  10. This was absolutely awesome. Added a little creamy peanut butter and mushrooms the best.

  11. So good, so easy and quick. Made it for my work lunches and had people say how awesome it smelled and they wanted the recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

  12. Hubby made this for dinner tonight…added red bell pepper, mushrooms and green onions!! It’s definitely a keeper!! YUM!!

  13. This was delicious! The family was quie impressed, even my 9,7 & 3 year old Grand Children. It comes together quickly and is wonderful. Pasta and Asian flavors what’s not to love ? I’ll be making this again for sure time and time again. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us .

  14. Hi Melissa,
    I made this recipe on Sunday and my husband is still raving about it. The recipe is so easy and delicious. Made it exactly as directed and mixed it with 8 oz of Linguini.
    Thank you!

  15. Could ground pork be substituted for the beef? This recipe sounds amazing and I would like to make this for dinner.

  16. I made this last night improvising as closely as possible with ingredients I had on hand. My husband and I really enjoyed it. It is on our make-again list. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. This was absolutely delicious! I used rice noodles and added broccoli!
    Will definitely make again.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  18. This is good. I onlybadded 1 1/2 Tbs of brown sugar. My hubbys diabetic. I also used Udon noodles. Added shredded carrots and coarsely chopped onions to the mix. Need those veggies.
    Thanks for a great recipe. I usually use sausage but didn’t have any. This really saved the day.

  19. Hi Melissa
    My daughter has a fish allergy and I don’t use hoisin sauce, is there something I could use instead.
    Thanks in advance

  20. After reading some reviews, and substations I came across one that suggested peanut butter. I tried it and I was shocked at the taste it was amazing. Thank you for the suggestion.
    This recipe is a keeper, I can’t wait to try more of them.

  21. Needed a quick meal and saw this recipe. Big hit with the family. Can’t wait to try with mushrooms and spinach. Thanks for a great meal

  22. Easy to make. I made it with some rice noodles and dried thai peppers. Might add some veggies and kale to it next time. Also used ground wagyu and drained it pretty good. For sure will make again with what ever ingrediants i have on hand at the time. 🙂

  23. This was delicious! Easy to make. We used about 8 oz of rice noodles and otherwise followed your recipe exactly. We will definitely be making this again, and again! 😋

  24. Made it with upon noodles.
    Next time I’ll cut back on brown sugar and housing. Very tasty nonetheless.

  25. This is a great cost effective recipe. The sauce is wonderful. It came together in approx 15 min. My husband and I will make this often. We loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  26. FAR too salty!my husband who loves salt couldn’t even finish it. Would definitely use low sodium soy sauce if I ever made this again

  27. I made this recipe exactly as written. In my opinion, an entire 16 oz package of pasta was way too much for the amount of other ingredients called for. After adding the noodles to the meat and sauce, the sauce coating was thin and had very little meat in it and it was difficult to get so much pasta mixed and coated. The flavor was good, but very weak due the huge amount of noodles. I believe the recipe should be amended to 8 oz of pasta. Maybe it’s an error or typo.

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