Stuffed low-carb cabbage casserole

Stuffed low-carb cabbage casserole

Some call it stuff low-carb cabbage casserole. We call it easy, healthy, homestyle low-carb cooking. Try it tonight!

Stuffed low-carb cabbage casserole

Some call it stuff low-carb cabbage casserole. We call it easy, healthy, homestyle low-carb cooking. Try it tonight!
4 servingservings


  • 1½ lbs 650 g green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 5 oz. 140 g butter
  • 1 lb 450 g ground beef
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp Tex-Mex seasoning
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2½ cups (10 oz.) 600 ml (290 g) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz. (2½ cups) 140 g (600 ml) leafy greens or lettuce
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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Fry the cabbage in a little more than half of the butter in a large frying pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Fry until soft, but don't let the cabbage turn brown. This can take a little while; roughly 10 minutes.
  3. Add spices and vinegar. Stir and continue to fry for a couple of minutes. Set aside on a plate.
  4. Melt the rest of the butter in the same pan. Sauté the ground beef and fry on medium-high heat until most of the juices have evaporated. Lower the heat to medium-low.
  5. Add cooked cabbage and sauté together with the beef for a minute. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir ⅔ of the cheese into the cabbage mix and place in a baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 15–20 minutes or until the cheese browns nicely.
  8. Serve with a green salad.

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  1. JayneM
    Delicious and satisfying! Only had pork mince so used that and it worked fine. Made my own "tex mex" spice by looking up what's in it on the web. Luckily I had all required spices. Really looking forward to Leftovers for lunch!
  2. janeel
    I usually shorten the time for cabbage prep by "cooking" it first in the microwave.
    Reply: #45
  3. Barbara
    I made this tonight and it was great! I made half the recipe, added sauteed chopped onions, and "cooked" the cabbage in the microwave for 4 minutes prior to putting in the onion (great tip, janeel). I didn't have cheddar, but had some good gouda. It was very filling. I like that these recipes are honest about their titles/ingredients... It might be disappointing if you call it "beef and 'noodles'", since it's hard to compare cabbage to noodles, but to call it "stuffed cabbage casserole" then my expectations are more aligned to the actual recipe.
  4. Rachael
    Made this tonight after an unseasonably cold day here in Australia. Absolutely delicious comfort food. You don't need much, it's very satisfying, but I couldn't resist a second helping. I also added a bit of sautéed onion (which will increase carb count), and pre cooked the cabbage in the microwave. My 15 yr old son, who is picky about food, ate every bit and said "yum". Thanks so much for these really tasty and simple recipes, I really do appreciate them.
  5. NF
    Made this along with the Thai curried fish over new year's weekend, 2017. Being a little Polish, i had to add a little bit of tomato sauce(no salt, sugars, flavorings) which added to carb count, but adds that wonderful tangy taste to the casserole. Really good, gooey, chewy. Add tomato sauce on top of the mixture before baking. will repeat cook this dish, very economical as it's so filling. use really good beef, if possible.
  6. David
    This was a real winner!
  7. terri
    This was my first keto recipe bust. It was very greasy. Note: if you don't make your own tex-mex spices and use taco seasoning, reduce the amount of additional salt you use. Otherwise it's WAY too salty. The hamburger to cabbage ratios are out of whack too. Instead of measuring the cabbage as the recipe indicates, just use the entire head. I won't make this again.
    Replies: #13, #15
  8. Aimee
    Sooooooo yummy!!!!! We used the leftovers for football night and had with sour cream. I would probably use a little less butter, but it was so good!!!
  9. Jennifer
    This is very yummy, but I am not certain about the amount of cheese. Is it really 2/3 lb or should it have been 2/3 cup? We had to spoon off about 2 cups or grease so far. I have the skillet propped up now draining the rest. BTW my 10 year old Type 1 diabetic ate this and asked for a second helping. She never eats what we eat.
    Reply: #47
  10. MeShon Shields
    I'm going to my first meeting tonight for my Keto Diet Program
  11. Kesha
    I'm doing the 2 week challenge and I am the only one in my family attempting LCHF, which is not too hard since during the week the only meal we share is dinner. I made this for dinner a few nights ago and it was a hit! The 4 person recipe size actually made about 6-8 meals for my family's eating habits but it was absolutely delicious! Now I think this is my favorite comfort food and it has definately replaced the pasta casseroles that I used to love. It is souch a versatile dish. You can just change the seasoning and cheese and have a different flavor profile! Thanks so much!
  12. Nikki Stone
    Hello! I made up something like this, almost exactly this, and thought I was so clever calling it "Stuffed Cabbage Casserole". Apparently, Stuffed Cabbage isn't a "thing" all over the world. ;) Anyway, I wondered if it would take this meal out of keto status if I added about a cup of low sugar tomato sauce (what I have, the Costco organic cans) over the top of the whole meal and then served it with mashed or riced cauliflower? Thanks so much! LOVE this site! I'm trying to do the 2 week keto challenge and to me, this is perfect comfort food but I've been doing it for years with the mashed cauli.
  13. Jane
    I agree it is very greasy.
  14. Kate
    The recipe calls for 5oz of butter. Are you sure it's not 5Tbsp. My dinner was swimming in the fats and it was dripping off my fork?
  15. Christine
    I totally agree with you! Way too greasy. My hubby and I couldn't even choke down a serving.
  16. Mayra
    This may be a dumb question but are you supposed to eat the trails of grease and fat or no?

    I just want to make sure, since I figured the extra loads of butter or oil is supposed to help us eat more fat.
    I know we should only eat till we are satisfied.

    And I know this is a silly question but I had to ask to make sure! :)

  17. kathy tate
    none of the recipies have the serving size. I saw the nutritional information for each recipe per serving but nowhere does it say what one serving size is. there is really good recipies too :(
    thank you
  18. Jennifer
    Heh. I came home from work and opened the fridge to make this for dinner--and learned that the ground beef had already been cooked and eaten. (I have teenagers. Food doesn't stick around long at my house.) I substituted a pound of hickory smoked bacon for the beef, gouda cheese for the cheddar and Bavarian seasoning for the TexMex. I cooked the bacon first, added a tablespoon of bacon fat to the cabbage while it was cooking, and then crumbled the bacon into the cabbage in lieu of the ground beef.

    It was amazing. I don't dislike cabbage, exactly, but it has never been something I've gone out of my way to eat. That has changed with this recipe. I can hardly wait to try the TexMex version.

  19. Wendi

    What size baking dish?????
    Does anyone have the calorie, fat, protein, carb breakdown in grams?
    It says 4 servings but that doesn't tell me very much. I am tracking the macro nutrients.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply: #22
  20. Mari
    I made this recipe last night.... I agree with the previous posts, way too much butter.
    Could use less cheese also. Somewhat bland even with the tex mex seasoning.
    And the microwave tip (pre-cook) worked well. Will make again with modifications to butter and cheese.
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  22. Gemma Winstanley
    I put this recipe into myfitnesspal & its a whopping 745 calories per serving!!
    Reply: #26
  23. Joy
    My husband is NOT a fan of anything cabbage, but he loved it & even had a second helping. This may even be my favourite in the 2 week challenge so far (I've said that every night!)
    He did suggest some sort of tomato sauce, and I think that's a good idea. I used a liiitttle less butter & cheese and was still satisfied. May even use it as a "lasagne" meat sauce.
    The recipes are quick, easy & satisfying! I've lost over 16kg so far (7 months) & thinking I may need to gain a few kilos (currently 48.5kg), but loving the easy & tasty meal preps & planning.
  24. Vi Bobbin
    After the free two week trial, what is the cost to join please
  25. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Reply: #38
  26. Dawn
    I put it into my fitness pal and it ended up being 16g carbs per serving. I think it may be because I used a package of Taco seasoning, which does contain carbohydrates. There are 5g of fiber in this recipe, so 11g carb/serving how I made it
  27. Mame
    Extremely bland, perhaps the fat is muffling the taste? I love fried cabbage but this was blah to my family.
  28. Jerry
    Could you please have a food recipe writer proof these? Mistakes, omissions of ingredients and steps. With this kind of attention to detail, I'm surely not going to spend money on the paid content!
  29. Rikke
    I tried this recipe last night and agree with others who have stated that this dish is very greasy, apart from that I love it, but surely there is a mistake somewhere in this recipe? Please could someone from diet doctor comment? Thanks
  30. Cathy Reese
    Surely the recipe calls for too much butter? On the step where it tells you to cook the ground beef in practically a stick of butter, then says the "liquids will evaporate," that obviously never happens! And they never tell you to drain the beef or anything. So I have mine in a dish and there is at least 1" of melted butter in the bottom. However, the taste is great!
  31. Lainie
    I omitted the butter and it was still very tasty but lower in calories and no fat oil slick. A new favourite for us.
  32. Lainie
    Forgot to say, I sprinkled 50g of cheddar not 300g
  33. Tonya D
    This is heavenly - holy jumpins goodness!!!!!! I didn't use as much butter or cheese as is called for & still found it a bit greasy but the taste is incredible. I made my own "tex-mex" seasoning as well. Absolutely delicious, even my 13 year old who wouldn't dream of eating cabbage loved it. A definite winner in our house!!
  34. Samantha Yoder
    What are the fat / carbs/ protien per serving? Trying to put into my fitness pal. PLEASE HELP! THX!
  35. Janet
    A waste of money, time and effort.
  36. Sandi
    It was pretty easy to make. I didn't use nearly as much butter that the recipe called for. I found it a bit bland though. That being said, I will make it again but will add some different spices. I just had it again for lunch, and it was better reheated.
  37. Adrienne
    This is delicious... I used my leftover already cooked and seasoned cabbage with some of the other spices and then added the meat so it was pretty tasty and one of our new favorites! I didn't use that much butter though... and I just sprinkled what I thought was enough cheese... a little judgement goes a long way folks!
    Thanks for the recipe!
  38. A Scot
    Well worth it!
  39. Deborah
    This recipe was "bomb" !!!! i did use a bit less butter and i did drain the excess after the beef was cooked before adding back in the cabbage. I cooked it the full 20 mins and had it with a salad it was AMAZING!!! YUM :)
  40. patg
    The Stuffed Cabbage 'Crack'Slaw Casserole.......should state what size pan to bake this in; and also to convert measurements into cups ex: 2/3 lb cheese is equal to ? Cups.....easier for a beginner cook. I had to guess at those and dirtied two pans before I found one that would hold the slaw.
  41. lotty
    How do you do the 2 week challenge there ares so many words I don't know where to find answers to a very strict keto under 20 grams recipe? This site says an avocado is low in carbs but i put it in a macro app and they say that one is all the carbs I am allowed per day. I do no know what 20 carbs looks like though i saw your pictures of high carbs but not enough low carb examples. How can I find examples. of what would a fistful of broccoli and 2 fistfuls of cabbage be and an avocado piece of cheese 2 eggs and a piece of meat & butter add up to be so I know haw much to eat on a given day?
  42. Jamey
    I've never made anything with cabbage in my life - thank you for the recipe! Agreed the fat content is a bit much, have made some notes on my recipe for future mods. Few tweaks and this is a repeat in my books. So happy I'm trying new things!
  43. Justin
    We thought this was great! We cut the butter in half, and cut the cheese down to about 8oz total. Wasn't too greasy, and tasted great! Will definitely make again!
  44. Stephanie
    This is the first recipe on the 2 week starter plan that I was truly satisfied with... BUT... I altered it some, partially on purpose and partially by accident. Other beef recipes I've made call for 1.5 lbs of ground beef, and I had it portioned in my freezer in something close to 2 lb hunks. I pulled one hunk out assuming it would be pretty close to what the recipe called for and later realized it was almost double. Oops!

    Also, I have struggled with the amount of fat and super fatty ingredients in these recipes. I know it's intentional so people feel more satisfied, but I've had a hard time getting my palate (i.e. gag reflex) to accept it. This time I backed of the butter and cheese a little. I only used 1/4 pound (1 stick) of butter across the dish and I also cut back on the cheese some. I probably used a 1/2 pound of cheddar or a little less. It was still a tad greasy, but not bad. It tastes like eating tacos!

    I used the Diet Doctor tex-mex seasoning recipe. I added the optional salt to the seasoning mix so I did not add extra salt and pepper like this recipe suggested. Even with the extra meat, it was well seasoned. I'll make this again =)

  45. miranda
    thanks for the tip! Never thought of that!
  46. Tracie
    I made it with ground turkey, used less butter, made my own tex mex and added a tablespoon of sour cream on top after it was done. We loved it!! Will make this again.
  47. Donal

    This is very yummy, but I am not certain about the amount of cheese. Is it really 2/3 lb or should it have been 2/3 cup? We had to spoon off about 2 cups or grease so far. I have the skillet propped up now draining the rest. BTW my 10 year old Type 1 diabetic ate this and asked for a second helping. She never eats what we eat.

  48. Tamara
    Folks, keto is very low carb, high fat, moderate protien... Cutting back the butter, draining the fat and decreasing the cheese defeats the purpose. While I understand that many people have to get use to the mouth feel and get over the years of misperception of animal fats it is Keto.
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  50. Mila
    Super super greasy. The fats need to be cut down by half to make it edible.
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