Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Simple and Healthy Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe - delicious and inexpensive

The adjustment to eating real food can be a shock to the food bill, but this recipe is the exception. This is one of my go-to recipes because it is fast and inexpensive to make. My one year-old will even eat cabbage when I make it this way!

I love this beef and cabbage stir fry recipe because it comes together quickly and easily and only gets one pan dirty! It is a healthy version of Hamburger Helper and it packs a delicious punch of nutrition.

TIP: Let the children help prepare this stir fry by letting them cut the vegetables. Even really little ones can use a crinkle cutter to safely cut veggies. I find that my kids are more likely to eat a recipe if they help prepare it and it keeps them busy and happy while I cook. (This is the crinkle cutter we have)

There are also a lot of variations to this recipe:

  • Add cumin, chili powder and salsa to make a Mexican version
  • Add fermented soy sauce and ginger to make a Chinese Variation
  • Add a dozen eggs after it is cooked and bake to make a casserole

Another simple one-pan recipe that is a favorite at our house is Pakistani Kima, which also uses ground beef but also uses sweet potato and green beans as the vegetables and seasons with a hint of curry.

The herbs and spices I use for this recipe and many others can be found on my resources page.

Simple and Healthy Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe - delicious and inexpensive
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Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry that is fast and simple to make. Flavor variations make this recipe versatile and kid-approved.
Course Main
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Katie Wells


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey, venison, etc
  • 1 small head of cabbage chopped
  • 2 onions thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots grated
  • Spices to taste: salt pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, etc- I use at least a teaspoon of each


  • Brown beef in a large skillet or wok, adding spices to taste as you go.
  • When beef is almost completely browned, add sliced onions and grated carrots.
  • When onions/carrots are starting to soften, add the cabbage and spice well.
  • Cook about 10 more minutes, stirring often until cabbage starts to soften.
  • Can be topped with salsa or sour cream if desired.

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Beef and cabbage stir fry comes together in minutes and only needs one pan for a delicious, fast and healthy meal. Healthy alternative to hamburger helpers.

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