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Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole (Whole30)

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 pound organic grass-fed ground beef or pork
  • optional: 1 Tablespoon chorizo, sausage, or grilling seasoning of choice
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2.5 pounds cabbage, green or purple (about 1 medium head)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • About 45 ounces of crushed tomatoes and tomato puree (3 15-oz cans)
  • 1 cup water, beef, or chicken broth


  1. Optional: Combine beef or pork with optional chorizo seasoning.
  2. Spread ground meat across bottom of slow cooker.
  3. Top with remaining ingredients, starting with vegetables and finishing with the tomatoes and water or broth.
  4. Cook on HIGH heat for 4 hours. You can turn it down to low and cook another 4 hours if necessary with your schedule.
  5. Stir/mash to break up the solid chunk of meat on the bottom, then serve as-is, with cauliflower rice, or, if not Whole30/Paleo, with brown rice, white rice, or your starch of choice!


I don’t really recommend using raw meat on the LOW setting, so although you could try it on LOW for 6+ hours, it does open up the possibility for more foodborne issues. (Raw meat should not be left out for more than 4 hours.) If the beef is cooked all the way by the 4-hour mark on LOW, then it would not be a problem! If you do want to make this in the morning for 6-8 hours, and you won’t be around to check the beef’s doneness I recommend cooking the beef ahead of time for guaranteed safety. But, ya know, you do you.

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