So much easier than traditional cabbage rolls, you're going to love this one pan meal!
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4.84 from 6 votes

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 438kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 head green cabbage about 4-6 cups, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cooked rice (total amount is rice when cooked)


  • Warm the oil in a large deep sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef, chili powder, garlic, salt, and pepper. Crumble the meat as it cooks. When the meat has browned, about 8 minutes, add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in the cabbage, reduce to simmer, and cover with lid. Cook until the cabbage is bright green, tender, and still slightly crisp, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the cooked rice and simmer just until heated through about 2 minutes. Enjoy!


Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 776mg | Potassium: 861mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 32.3mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4.3mg