Gluten Free, Meat

Cajun Chow Mein

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Cajun Chow Mein is a fun flavorful Cajun dish with a humorous twist on the name. I have no idea where it originated but I am almost 99 percent sure it came about because some Southern mom found herself in the kitchen with both ground meat and rice and didn’t know what else to do other than toss them together! Regardless of how the dish was created or where the name came from- this dish is a wonderful one pot meal that simmers on the stove for just 30 minutes and is loaded with flavor.

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What I love most about this dish is the fact that it truly does pack so much flavor and yet it doesn’t have that many ingredients or spices. The flavor comes from simple components like beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasonings and sauteed onions, peppers and celery. Cajun Chow Mein is very similar to a dish most of us recognize: Jambalaya. The only difference is the time required to cook the dish, the use of beef broth, Worcestershire and of course meat. Jambalaya is typically made with either chicken, sausage or shrimp. Although eery similar visually, the flavors in each dish could not be more different.

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I decided to take it up a notch this time around (since I have only made this dish like a million times for my family) and toss in ground venison instead of hamburger meat. Because venison doesn’t have as much fat as hamburger meat I needed that extra layer of flavor so I added in a little bacon to the meat while it cooked on the stove. It was a wonderful substitute for the hamburger meat and a fun twist for using venison. Feel free to just use hamburger meat and if you want to mix things up even more add in some ground bison or ground turkey. The variations for this dish is what makes it easy and approachable for us busy moms! A great back to school weeknight meal.

Note: This dish comes straight from my wonderful amazing Aunt Rhonda who is one of the best cooks I know:)

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Cajun Chow Mein
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground venison
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • ½ cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 8 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Panola Hot Sauce
  • 1 tsp each or more to your liking of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in a non-stick skillet over medium to high heat. Remove the bacon from the pan once it is cooked, approximately 5-7 minutes. Leave the bacon grease in the pan and cook the venison, onions, celery and bell pepper over medium to low heat. Meanwhile, roughly chop the cooled bacon slices and set aside. Once the venison is cooked through add in the rest of the ingredients- making sure to cover the meat and rice with the water and chicken stock- adding more if necessary. Cook over low heat until rice is done.

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20 Comments

  1. Daphne

    How interesting! You always teach me new things. I didn’t know there is a Cajun version of chow mien as we often translate that as ‘fried noodles’ in Chinese! Now I know!

    19 . Aug . 2014
  2. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    Chow mein…I first thought it was noodle stir-fry…LOL
    It surely looks very flavourful and moreish.

    19 . Aug . 2014
  3. Erica

    YUM! I call this dish “mush”, mostly because I didn’t know the real name 🙂 I like the idea of switching up the meat or maybe even combining a couple different kinds? Good stuff!

    19 . Aug . 2014
  4. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    As Emerill would say, chow mein kicked up a notch. I love the idea of Cajun flavors and I liked that it’s stove-top and on the table in a short time. My kind of mid week meal.
    Sam

    19 . Aug . 2014
  5. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    Love the addition of bacon!

    19 . Aug . 2014
  6. Eva Taylor

    That really does look and sound delicious Jessica and what I love most about it is that it comes together very quickly. Throw in a nice tossed salad and you’ve got dinner in less than 30.

    19 . Aug . 2014
  7. Liz

    Sounds like a yummy weeknight meal option! I’m always looking for inspiration…and love that it’s made with items that are always in my kitchen!

    19 . Aug . 2014
  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love the way Southerner’s take bits from other cuisines and make it their own. This looks delicious!

    19 . Aug . 2014
  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Very interesting! When I saw the name in email, I immediately thought it’s Cajun and (Chinese) chow mein fusion dish… LOL! Is the “chow mein” derived from the chinese noodle dish, or Southern original words? Either way I thought it’s interesting! If it’s from Chinese, it would be chow fun (=rice), so I doubt it’s from Chinese influence. Looks yummy and comforting!

    19 . Aug . 2014
  10. Claudia

    So mouth watering! That appears to be irresistible.

    20 . Aug . 2014
  11. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Interesting dish with a fun name. This is a new one for me, but it sounds great!

    20 . Aug . 2014
  12. Ordinary Blogger

    I can’t believe I’ve never tried venison meat! This looks lovely.

    20 . Aug . 2014
  13. Kristy

    I love that this resembles Jambalya and I love that you can do it in one pot! The flavors sound fabulous too.

    20 . Aug . 2014
  14. Mary Frances

    This looks like the ultimate comfort meal, and it sounds so flavorful!

    20 . Aug . 2014
  15. Mary

    Ohh delicious! so full of flavor – so scrumptious – my girls are going to love this one!
    mary

    20 . Aug . 2014
  16. Joanne

    Cajun flavors make all things more delicious, methinks. Love this fun fusion take on chow mein!

    21 . Aug . 2014
  17. nancy at good food matters

    you’re right–it is visually similar to Jambalaya. I love this clever fusion of the two cuisines

    21 . Aug . 2014
  18. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Delicious! What a great midweek meal!

    21 . Aug . 2014
  19. Velva

    I love the family feel of one pot meals ( sauces, soup, chicken and rice, chili, etc.), This Cajun style meat and rice dish is really nice. Adding venision in place of teh ground meat was a good alternative.

    As always, thanks for sharing your great recipes.

    Velva

    22 . Aug . 2014
    • Velva

      ooops, I have a typo meant “the”

      22 . Aug . 2014

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