Beefy Cabbage Bean Stew

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 03, 2023
While we were on one of our small-group quilting retreats, one of my friends made this wonderful recipe for dinner. We all loved it and have since passed it around for others to enjoy—now I'm passing it on to you. —Melissa Glancy, La Grange, Kentucky
Beefy Cabbage Bean Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage or angel hair coleslaw mix
  • 1 can (16 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup salsa or picante sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: Shredded cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 4-6 minutes, breaking into crumbles; drain.
  2. Transfer meat to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in cabbage, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, picante sauce, green pepper, onion, garlic, cumin and pepper. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until cabbage is tender. If desired, top with shredded cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 177 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 591mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.