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Simple Cabbage Patch Stew

A customer at my beauty salon shared this recipe with me a few years ago. I especially like it because it's hearty and economical. Plus, it makes a big batch. You can take it to various potlucks and be assured of receiving many compliments! - Vera Bouteller, Nolanville, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 25 min.
  • Makes
    16-18 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium heads cabbage, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Meanwhile, in a soup kettle or Dutch oven, combine cabbage and onions. Cook and stir over medium heat for 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add the beans, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and salt. Drain beef; add to stew. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Choose green cabbage with crisp-looking leaves that are firmly packed. Avoid heads with withered leaves or brown spots. Refrigerate cabbage, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, for up to 1 week. One medium head weights about 2 pounds.

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