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 ingredients): 214 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 642mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.


  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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lolohiser User ID: 5362556 226966
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."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 215471
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

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

GinaD72 User ID: 8084217 135682
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!!"

kcmobile1 User ID: 7984783 69443
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014


willace User ID: 6550606 60440
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"sooo good!"

karebear0099 User ID: 7266770 132842
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"This is super good and easy! Make sure you have a large slow cooker because there is a whole lot of cabbage in here that does shrink down some but when you first start cooking it, it takes up a lot of room. This has a tangy, sort of sour taste (in a good way). Lots of flavor. Added sour cream to my portion when I ate it but my boyfriend did not and he still liked it. Lots of protein without a lot of fat. The cabbage takes place of the noodles for less calories and cabbage is super good for you. I froze some of this and when I reheated those portions it was just as good. Recommend this recipe- thank you!"

lorchen User ID: 3739277 135681
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"I wish I could give this 6 stars! Fantastic!"

ravenaangel User ID: 6625133 64124
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"I hate cabbage... BUT THIS RECIPE IS AWESOME!. I'm a diabetic (type 1) and my husband brought this recipe home as a suggestion from a co-worker. I looked at the title and the ingredients and thought, "Eww... I'm NEVER gonna make this." But I love crock-pot recipes and this was so unusual that I figured I'd give it a try. I made it over and over again for 2 months straight. Even my 4-year-old requested it. Absolutely awesome with cheddar and sour cream on top. Tastes just as good re-heated in the microwave as it does fresh from the pot!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 155000
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"This was great. I served in with the sour cream and shredded cheddar on the side."

kellermeanie User ID: 5496136 64123
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"I already love steamed cabbage but never thought to add beans, and tomatoes. Used ground turkey and it was great!!"

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