Easy Beef Cabbage Casserole

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If you are on the hunt for beef cabbage casserole recipes, this is one you will want to add to your rotation of dinner ideas for the Fall and Winter this year! This is tasty and super simple. My husband told me I could cook it every night and he would eat it over and over again.

You know me, I am all about easy recipes  and this one certainly meets that expectation. I modified it a bit from a recipe I found in one of our family cookbooks that was published back in 1988 with the Arkansas Homemakers Council.

I made this last week when we had football practice for three of our boys. I assembled it and popped it in the oven on a super low temperature and then dinner was ready when we all walked in the door. I will also give you cooking time for traditional occurrences when you make this and you’re home the entire time it is cooking.

beef cabbage casserole recipes


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (we use grass fed beef)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 3-4 cups shredded cabbage (I used an entire bag of Trader Joe’s shredded cabbage)
  • 1 1/2 c uncooked regular rice (NOT MINUTE RICE)
  • 3 c water (to cook the rice in)
  • 1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of Rotel, undrained
  • 3/4 c water (seperatly to mix with the soup)
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Over medium heat, brown your hamburger meat with the olive oil and garlic.  Add salt and pepper to the beef, to taste, while it is cooking.

While this is going bring another pot of water to boil for your rice. Again, we are NOT using Minute Rice. For 1 and 1/2 cups of uncooked rice you will need 3 cups of boiling water. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.

grass fed beef

Once the rice is done pour it into a 9×13 casserole dish.

cooked rice in casserole dish

Once the hamburger meat is done, toss it over the rice. Distribute evenly.

If you need to strain out any grease, hold onto the grease to stir fry the cabbage.

beef cabbage casserole recipes

If there was no grease left in the pan from the beef, add in another tablespoon of olive oil.

Stir fry the shredded cabbage.

trader joes shredded cabbage

Once the cabbage is crispy, toss it over the beef. distribute evenly over the beef.

trader joes shredded cabbage ove beef and rice

In a bowl mix the 3/4 cup of water and the cream of chicken soup in a bowl. Use a whisk to mix well.

Add the undrained can of Rotel. Stir well to combine.

Pour it over the cabbage and use a spoon to distribute evenly over the cabbage.

rotel and cream of chicken soup mixture

Take 2 T of butter and cut it up into little pats of butter.

Distribute them over the top of the casserole.

This is not a heavy casserole at all, the soup amount is limited and you’re using water instead of milk. The butter just really melts everything together.

beef cabbage casserole recipes

Top with shredded cheese.

beef cabbage casserole recipes

Pop the casserole dish into the oven.

Cook it on 350 for about 30-40 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and everything is well combine.

I cooked it on 150 degrees for 2 hours because we were gone that long for football practice galore this particular night for three kiddos.

Plate it up and serve with a salad or dinner rolls if you like. It’s just amazing.

beef cabbage casserole recipes

Understand this is not a real creamy casserole. I really, really like it. It was not heavy at all.

If you want a heavier version, add in a cup of sour cream with the soup, water and Rotel. Yummy both ways!


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  1. Hi Crystal,
    This looks like a great casserole. I love cabbage and will be trying this recipe very soon. It will be good after the turkey is all gone! Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. This is wonderful. I am trying this time using cauliflower rice to cut down on the carbs from rice. I do add the sour cream, really creams it up.

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