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Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage Recipe

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 269443
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2017

"seems very similar to my Carpathian cabbage which we adore. I buy leaner hamburger so it doesn't get drained off adds to the flavor (and probably waistline)"

Colleen Irish User ID: 9107313 264671
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2017

"I made this two days ago and am making it again tonight for the family. It disappeared quickly at the potluck and several people had seconds. Many were disappointed that it was gone when they returned. Several asked for the recipe for their next potluck. Super simple to make. Had to cook it longer for the rice to be fully cooked. I didn't add extra water. I didn't have white pepper immediately available so I used Moroccan spice which has white pepper in it. Very yummy. A keeper recipe. Thank you!"

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 264041
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"Nice flavor in the meat. I liked the spices. But my family is not a huge fan of cabbage. I thought this would help with cabbage but they still did not care for it. If you like cabbage then this would be a great recipe!!"

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!"

[email protected] 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."

hunybun User ID: 5115265 203033
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"We really liked this, hot & spicy - very good - a keeper and will make again soon."

thudspeth User ID: 5767684 28760
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Very spicy and delicious, I added mushrooms too."

morningjavas User ID: 6194799 19948
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I used two 15 oz cans of chopped tomotoes and 1/2 cup of water. Very tasty!!! I can't wait to have the leftovers tonight."

beachbunny45 User ID: 6003869 24092
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"The family loved it. It was a little spicy but not hot."

Dawn Humphreys User ID: 5175289 71663
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011 Edited Nov. 30, 2014

"The entire family loved this! I added extra tomato sauce and the rice turned out perfect. Loved the idea of making this in the crock pot. I will try that next time."

pam steele User ID: 5736095 203032
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"we loved it"

beadlolabead User ID: 4054982 25335
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I love this recipe! Definitely a family favorite. I, too, added about 1/4-1/2 cup of water to the recipe after making it the first time ~ the rice needs that extra moisture to cook through completely."

sandyms User ID: 4858534 203031
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"I made this dish minus the rice, added some ground sausage along with the ground beef, and just layered the ingredients in a crockpot, turned it on and forgot it. When almost ready, I put the cheese on top and allowed to melt through, then just served with cornbread. My family loved it."

Mellerfly User ID: 1555291 52567
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Fantastic! Great on a cold, autumn day."

maratha User ID: 3821544 71662
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"great dish."

beadlolabead User ID: 4054982 63952
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"A family favorite! (I do, however, add about 1/4 cup of water to the recipe. I find the rice cooks better with the extra liquid.)"

chefjoe08 User ID: 4430209 28753
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"Cajun cabbage who would have thought, I would definately make again."

ak47gramma User ID: 1987841 49560
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"We love this dish, so does everyone else!!! Thanks from Ruston, La."

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