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Mongolian Beef

Simple Mongolian Beef stir fry will have a healthy dinner on your table in no time. I like to add extra vegetables to this dish.

Mongolian Beef is a great stir-fry sauce and I will often times change up the vegetables I use with the beef. I like to serve this stir-fry with either rice or noodles. 

I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2006 Annual Recipes Cookbook. I like to add some red pepper flakes to the sauce for some spice. 

Cost Per Serving $6.39 as of August 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $25.57.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost you about $12.29.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $3.07.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top & Rice Maker

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1/4 of beef mixture and 1/2 cup rice

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and rice cooker or pot to cook rice

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry it will save you about $13.28.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $13.28 as of August 2022

  • cornstarch $1.87
  • soy sauce $1.58
  • hoisin sauce $3.78
  • sesame oil $3.17
  • olive oil $2.88


Total: $12.29 as of August 2022

  • 1 pound sirloin steak $9.96
  • 1 can chicken broth 14.5 oz $0.67
  • 1 bunch green onion $0.88
  • 1 - bag brown rice 16 oz $0.78

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Cook 1 cup of rice to package directions. 
  3. Once rice is resting, heat 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet then sauté beef until no longer pink. Remove the beef and keep warm.
  4. Add 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil back to the same pan. Sauté the green onions for 3 – 4 minutes.
  5. Give the sauce one last stir then add to the pan with the green onions. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 4 – 5 minutes until thickened stirring occasionally. 
  6. Add beef until warm. Serve with rice or noodles. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 2

Side Options

Side Salad

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables such as broccoli, snap peas, peppers, frozen peas, etc.

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