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: 1 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.


  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 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 215471
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

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

GinaD72 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 69443
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014


willace 60440
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"sooo good!"

karebear0099 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 135681
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

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

ravenaangel 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 155000
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

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

kellermeanie 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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