Hearty Cabbage Patch Stew Recipe
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Hearty Cabbage Patch Stew Recipe

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Our family loves this hearty stew. I like to serve steaming helping in old-fashioned soup plates with thick crusty slices of homemade bread. To get the 11 cups of chopped cabbage for this stew, you'll need to start with a small head of cabbage, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds. Or for quicker prep, substitute coleslaw mix from the produce department.—Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 11 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without optional ingre: 214 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 642mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 2 lean meat 2 vegetabl


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onions and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the cabbage, stewed tomatoes, beans, diced tomatoes, ketchup, chili powder, oregano, pepper and salt. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until cabbage is tender.
  3. Serve with sour cream and cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Cabbage Patch Stew in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p8

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Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"I really liked the cabbage for a change of pace. I am pretty pickie though to get more than an "average" review."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Awesome. Next time may use a little beer to make it saucier."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"This is the best slow cooker recipe I've ever made! It's very flavorful and healthy too. Even my kids love it. I had to make it with less cabbage (about a pound) and only one can of stewed tomatoes because my slow cooker was getting too full. Oh- and I forgot to add the ketchup! I didn't make any other changes to the recipe and it turned out fine. Excellent even!!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014


Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"sooo good!"

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