Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage

Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage with Cauliflower Rice is a flavorful one-pot dinner that has all the flavor of stuffed cabbage rolls with half the effort and fewer carbs!

Just like in our recipe for Beef and Cabbage Roll Soup, the classic flavors of cabbage and ground beef make a hearty dish that would be perfect for St. Patrick Day or a weeknight meal. It’s one of many other healthy Beef Recipes you’ll love adding to the weekly dinner rotation.

Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage in red dutch oven


This is the ideal dinner for a hurried weeknight. The total time is less than 40 minutes and a lot of that is spent sitting back waiting for the simple ingredients to heat up. If you want to save even more time you can buy pre-shredded cabbage. It just might be a little more expensive and less fresh than a head of cabbage.

Unstuffed Ground Beef and Cabbage is an excellent healthy dinner. Because the recipe calls for lean beef it has less saturated fat and should work for many diets.

This recipe is also great for low-carb diets because we use cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice has less carbohydrates than brown or white rice. If you prefer to use regular rice, you can easily swap it.
Remember if you use uncooked rice that it absorbs more liquid, so you’ll need to add extra low-sodium beef broth to make up for it.

Cabbage and ground beef are a wonderful taste combination that don’t need a lot of extra flavor added to make it enjoyable. But this dish is versatile, so once you’ve made it a few times you can try experimenting and adding different flavors to suit your taste. You can toss in some more vegetables like carrots and diced tomatoes, or leave the recipe as is and serve some veggies on the side. We have a few suggestions for how you can change up this classic dish further down n the post.


Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage ingredients in pot


    • Vegetables: You can add some more vegetables to your Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage. Try cutting up a tomato, some carrots, or green onions to add some variety and flavor. 
    • Potatoes: Beef and cabbage are often associated with St. Patrick’s Day. If you make this dish for the holiday and want to add something a little extra try putting in some chopped potatoes for another classic Irish ingredient. The potatoes will also make the dish more filling. 
    • Cabbage Stir Fry: With a few changes you can turn this meal into a ground beef and cabbage stir fry. You can make a stir fry sauce using soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Add the meat, onion, garlic, pepper, and salt to your skillet on medium heat. Once the meat is browned add the shredded cabbage, and any other vegetables you want, such as carrots or green onions. Add the stir fry sauce. Serve your ground beef and cabbage skillet with cauliflower rice on the side. 
    • Other Proteins: If you don’t eat red meat you can easily switch out the ground beef in this recipe for a different protein. Try ground turkey, chicken, or pork for easy substitutes. 



  • Serve: This healthy dinner recipe can be kept at room temperature for 2 hours, before it needs to be stored. 
  • Store: Sealed in an airtight container your cabbage recipe should stay good for 3-4 days. 
  • Freeze: To save your leftover ground beef and cabbage longer you can freeze it for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat your leftovers, let it defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating your meal on the stovetop.

Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage close up with spoon

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Unstuffed beef and Cabbage

Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage with Cauliflower Rice is a flavorful one-pot dinner that has all the flavor of stuffed cabbage rolls with half the effort and fewer carbs!
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 1 1/2 pounds 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 12 ounces cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 head cabbage , chopped


  • To a large dutch oven on medium-high heat add the ground beef, onion, salt and pepper.
  • Break apart the meat, cooking it for 8-10 minutes until browned.
  • Add in the garlic, cook an additional minute.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, paprika, beef broth, cauliflower rice and cabbage and bring to a simmer.
  • Lower heat to medium, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove cover and cook for additional 10 minutes until some of the liquid has cooked down.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 1011mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 61.6mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg
Keyword: Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage

Unstuffed Beef and Cabbage in red dutch oven

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.


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