Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage Recipe
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Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Cajun Cabbage in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p29

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slickola User ID: 625677 263755
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

"I made this last night and it was delicious !!! My grandson stopped by and I sent some home with him . He just texted to tell me how tasty it was and wants to know when I will be fixing it again !!! This is a keeper !"

kmpatch User ID: 149103 261840
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"Delicious. I didn't have white pepper so I added extra black pepper. I also added 1 cup of water with the tomato sauce as other reviewers did. Turned out great."

parelius User ID: 1026528 261648
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2017

"This was a really easy recipe that tasted great. The only thing I did differently was used quinoa instead of rice."

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."

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