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




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Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry that is fast and simple to make. Flavor variations make this recipe versatile and kid-approved.


  • 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


  1. Brown beef in a large skillet or wok, adding spices to taste as you go.
  2. When beef is almost completely browned, add sliced onions and grated carrots.
  3. When onions/carrots are starting to soften, add the cabbage and spice well.
  4. Cook about 10 more minutes, stirring often until cabbage starts to soften.
  5. 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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