Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Stew Recipe

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all have a day filled with luck and happiness.

I know I said I would share my crab veggie pizza recipe with you today but I forgot it was a holiday.  Instead I’m cooking with an ingredient often used in many Irish dishes, cabbage.    Traditional dishes like Bacon and Cabbage, Colcannon (creamy potatoes and cabbage), and Cider Braised Chicken and Cabbage to name a few.

Growing up my mom would stuff cabbage with ground beef and rice and simmer it in a tomato sauce.  I was never a fan of  ham and cabbage but I loved this dish.  My mom is a wonderful cook.  This is an old traditional Polish recipe, not Irish,  but I thought I would share this one with you today anyway.

This is a really easy and very tasty dish.  You simply put all of the ingredients into a crockpot in the morning, go about your day, then enjoy a wonderful dinner at night.


1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 head cabbage sliced

1 small onion diced

1 small can of fire roasted tomatoes 14.5 oz

2 cups of organic chicken stock

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp salt and pepper

for a deeper tomato flavor add in 1 tsp tomato paste


First add the ground meats into the crockpot and break apart.  Add in the onions and cabbage.  Top with tomatoes and add in the stock, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


To keep this a little closer to the traditional recipe serve it over cooked rice.  If you want to cook the rice in the dish add in 1/2 cup rice and an additional 1 cup stock.

You can also change up the ground meats you use.  I’ve also made this with ground pork and turkey thigh meats.

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This recipe was shared on Gluten Free Wednesdays.

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10 Responses to Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Stew Recipe

  1. gfe--gluten free eas March 17, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    It looks good, Diane! I like the fact that pork is involved … love the flavor that pork adds. I've never been too keen on soups that just have ground beef as the meat (with chili being the exception). I only recently found out that I even like cooked cabbage in soups! LOL

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Love that shamrock plant. 🙂


    • Diane March 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

      Shirley- I'm not a cooked cabbage person but this does not have that strong cabbage flavor thanks to the pork and tomatoes. You can also substitute beef brisket, pork loin or any other inexpensive meat that tastes best cooked low and slow.

  2. Michele March 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    After I make stuffed cabbage rolls my husband takes the rest of the cabbage and makes this with the rice mixed in. He calls it Lazy Days Cabbage Rolls. Because we are avid hunters we use ground venison for our meat. I also mix in some hamburger to help hold it together because venison is so lean it will just fall apart!

    • Diane March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

      Michelle-Love the name better than what I came up with.

  3. Linda March 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    I love easy crock pot meal. This sounds great. I have corned beef and cabbage in my crock pot for tonight. Thanks for participating in Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

    • Diane March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

      Linda- Yeah, I'm with you on easy meals. I forgot to add the leftovers freeze really well. Hope you had a good St. Paddy's Day.

  4. Erin February 28, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    This looks absolutely delicious, will have to try it soon!

  5. Carolyn August 30, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    Not only does cabbage improve the taste of vegetable soup, so does turnips. Yummmm


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