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Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage Recipe

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage Recipe

Looking for a different treatment for cabbage? Try this spicy cheese-topped dish that I adapted from a friend's recipe. I added a little of this and that until it tasted the way I wanted. Not only do my husband and kids like it, I get rave reviews when I make it for company or church functions. -Bobbie Soileau, Opelousas, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each white, black and cayenne pepper
  • 4 to 6 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese


  • 1. In a skillet, cook the beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice and seasonings.
  • 2. Spread into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with the cabbage and cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until the rice is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 235 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 708 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Loved it!"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"To answer the question of the recipe contributor: Yes, I WAS looking for a new way to use cabbage. My kids and hubby like this vegetable as well as Cajun food so it was bound to be a winning combo. And it IS!! I do use the "Mild" version of the canned diced tomatoes and chilies, but other than that, I make no changes. Good on a cool fall or cold winter's evening to warm the bones!"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"Made this with some cabbage I raised in my garden. It was very tasty. We liked the heat level but it was pretty spicy. If your family is not a fan of spicy food I think it would be delicious made without the hot sauce and cayenne. You could even substitute stewed tomatoes for the tomatoes and chilies. I froze half of my casserole after it was baked and it was just as delicious 3 months later when I took it out of the freezer, so it also makes a very good freezer meal."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"We really enjoy this dish ."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Very good recipe...really spices up bland cabbage. I used 14 oz. can of tomatoes with chiles and then topped the meat mixture off with one tomato sauce can of water to cook rice properly...then topped with 2 cups Mexican blend cheese.......delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Excellent, very tasty and easy to make."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"We really liked this, hot & spicy - very good - a keeper and will make again soon."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Very spicy and delicious, I added mushrooms too."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I used two 15 oz cans of chopped tomotoes and 1/2 cup of water. Very tasty!!! I can't wait to have the leftovers tonight."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"The family loved it. It was a little spicy but not hot."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011 Edited Nov. 30, 2014

"The entire family loved this! I added extra tomato sauce and the rice turned out perfect. Loved the idea of making this in the crock pot. I will try that next time."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"we loved it"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I love this recipe! Definitely a family favorite. I, too, added about 1/4-1/2 cup of water to the recipe after making it the first time ~ the rice needs that extra moisture to cook through completely."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"I made this dish minus the rice, added some ground sausage along with the ground beef, and just layered the ingredients in a crockpot, turned it on and forgot it. When almost ready, I put the cheese on top and allowed to melt through, then just served with cornbread. My family loved it."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Fantastic! Great on a cold, autumn day."

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"great dish."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"A family favorite! (I do, however, add about 1/4 cup of water to the recipe. I find the rice cooks better with the extra liquid.)"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"Cajun cabbage who would have thought, I would definately make again."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"We love this dish, so does everyone else!!! Thanks from Ruston, La."

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