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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

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

Reviews for Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

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murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 254181
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"Yummy! Nice way to use up cabbage from the garden. This had good heat for us, just enough kick!"

alaskanarwal User ID: 2908461 221940
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Loved it!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 32764
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!"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 85601
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."

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 32758
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"We really enjoy this dish ."

missdc User ID: 5915326 24093
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!"

monaher26 User ID: 3551762 69281
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Excellent, very tasty and easy to make."

hunybun User ID: 5115265 203033
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

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

thudspeth User ID: 5767684 28760
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

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

morningjavas User ID: 6194799 19948
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."

beachbunny45 User ID: 6003869 24092
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

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

Dawn Humphreys User ID: 5175289 71663
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."

pam steele User ID: 5736095 203032
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"we loved it"

beadlolabead User ID: 4054982 25335
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."

sandyms User ID: 4858534 203031
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."

Mellerfly User ID: 1555291 52567
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

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

maratha User ID: 3821544 71662
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"great dish."

beadlolabead User ID: 4054982 63952
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.)"

chefjoe08 User ID: 4430209 28753
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

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

ak47gramma User ID: 1987841 49560
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

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

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