Ground Beef Cabbage Stir Fry

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Before you think this is a boring dish, let me ask you to give it a chance. You might be as surprised as me and just about eat the whole thing like I did.

Ground Beef Cabbage Stir Fry

How did I come to make what seems like a not appetizing sounding dish?

I had a cabbage craving. Yes, every now and again I get these wild craving for cabbage. I had good ground beef in the fridge and ground beef cabbage stir fry was born,

What could this mean? It could mean I was craving the nutritional benefits of cabbage.

Cabbage Ground Beef Stir Fry from Spinach Tiger

Nutritional Benefits of Cabbage

  • 30 Different flavanoids
  • Lowers oxidized LDL
  • Eases inflammation
  • Good for digestion, excess stomach acid
  • Contains sulforaphane, which helps the body fight toxis.
  • Contains glutathione, an antioxidant that improves detoxing liver.

The funny thing about me loving cabbage is that I actually hated cabbage as a child. I refused to eat any soup that had cabbage in it and often got in trouble for that. To this I say, don’t force kids to eat adult-friendly foods. Often they will eventually come around. I came around to cabbage, lamb and liver.

How to Sauté Cabbage

Cabbage is one of the friendliest foods to cook as long as you don’t over-cook it. That’s especially true about cabbage and might be why I didn’t like it as a kid. However, cutting cabbage up in bite sized pieces and sautéing in olive oil or butter is easy, and when salt is added, it’s so delicious.

Ingredients for Cabbage and Ground Beef

  • Onion or Onion Powder
  • Garlic
  • Herbs (optional
  • Cabbage
  • Ground Beef or Ground Pork
  • Bomba Sauce (or your choice of hot choice) Option
  • Salt – Very important to wake up the cabbage.
Cabbage Ground Stir Fry from Spinach Tiger

More Cabbage Recipes from Spinach Tiger

  • Crack Slaw with Comeback Sauce
  • Healthy Eggroll in a Bowl (Low Carb)
  • Asian Slaw Recipe
  • Ribollita, A Tuscan Cabbage Soup
  • Beef and Cabbage Soup
  • Sautéed Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Dill

Please let me know if you try this recipe. I would love to hear from you. File it under EASY DINNERS and give it a try. Serve as is or with mashed potatoes for your family.

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Ground Beef Cabbage Stirfry

Easy Mid-Week One Dish Dinner of Ground Beef and Cabbage.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage, ground beef


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground pork
  • 1 cabbage head
  • 2 tablespoons Bomba Sauce Optional see notes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Heat oil in large frying pan.
  • Sauté diced onion to soften for a few minutes. Skip if using onion powder. If using onion powder, sprinkle a teaspoon over the meat.
  • Add garlic and sauté just to golden.
  • Add Ground Beef or Ground Pork and cook through.
  • Take outer leaves off cabbage. Rinse any dirty off of cabbage,
  • Cut cabbage into large bite sized pieces.
  • Add cabbage to the ground beef. Add more olive oil if needed.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add bomba sauce, which is spicy or any type of hot sauce such as syracha if you want to add heat, This is an option.
  • The dish is done when the cabbage is soft.

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