Crockpot Cabbage Rolls



Cabbage rolls, a culinary gem hailing from Poland, have become a global sensation, finding their way to dinner tables far and wide. This recipe is an ode to the traditional stuffed cabbage roll, where each bite promises a flavorful blend of ground meat and rice enveloped in a tangy tomato embrace. With a twist of the slow cooker magic, these cabbage rolls deliver a satisfyingly hearty meal that will leave your family craving for more.


Quality Ground Beef: Utilize lean ground beef, ensuring a rich, savory flavor.

Fresh Green Cabbage: Opt for a sizable green cabbage, ensuring an ample supply of leaves.

Filling Mixture: Combine breadcrumbs, uncooked instant rice, diced green bell pepper, large egg, onion soup mix, finely diced shallots, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper for a mouthwatering filling.

Cooking Sauce: Enhance the flavor with tomato soup and a can of Rotel tomatoes, choosing the spice level to suit your taste.

Seasonings: Salt and pepper, to taste.

Cooking Steps

Step One – Cabbage Prep:

Carefully remove the cabbage stem, blanch the cabbage in salted boiling water, and extract 12 large leaves. Trim the stems for pliability.

Step Two – Filling Creation:

In a large bowl, blend tomato sauce, rice, green bell pepper, shallots, Worcestershire sauce, onion mix, seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg, and ground beef. Hand mixing ensures thorough incorporation.

Step Three – Roll Assembly:

Place 1/3 cup of the mixture on a cabbage leaf, fold the sides, and create a burrito-style roll. Arrange six rolls in the slow cooker, adding Rotel and tomato soup between layers.

Step Four – Slow Cooking Bliss:

Cook on low for 6-7 hours, allowing the flavors to meld. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley for a finishing touch.

How to Serve

Spoon the sauce over the cabbage rolls when serving, and consider adding a dollop of sour cream for an extra flair. These rolls stand alone as a complete meal but pair wonderfully with salad, mashed potatoes, or warm crusty bread.

Recipe Queries

Meat Substitutes: Experiment with pork, sausage, chicken, turkey, or venison for diverse flavors.

Leftover Cabbage: Sauté remaining blanched cabbage with onion and bacon for a tasty side dish.

Rice Variations: Opt for Minute brand brown rice as a wholesome alternative.

Spicy Twist: Introduce spicy elements like ground sausage, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce for a kick.

Storage and Reheating

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Reheat in the oven or microwave.


Soak sour cabbage to reduce saltiness.

Mix various ground meats for a diverse flavor profile.

Hand mixing ensures even ingredient distribution.

Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

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Homemade Goodness in Tangy Tomato Embrace


  • 2-pound sour cabbage leaves

  • 2-pound ground pork

  • ½ cup long-grain uncooked rice

  • 1 large chopped onion

  • ¼ cup fresh chopped dill

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 8 ounces smoked meat (optional)

  • 4 cups tomato juice


  • Soak sour cabbage leaves in cold water to reduce saltiness. Cut large leaves in half if necessary.
  • Mix ground pork, rice, chopped onion, dill, parsley, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Fill each cabbage leaf with the meat mixture, roll, and arrange in the slow cooker.
  • If cabbage remains, chop it up and spread it over the bottom of the crockpot. Add smoked meat if desired.
  • Pour tomato juice over the cabbage rolls. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Serve with:

  • Polenta or mashed potatoes.
  • A dollop of sour cream on top.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1g
  • Calories: 120kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 6.9g
  • Protein: 12.6g
  • Fat: 4.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg
  • Sodium: 335mg
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Sugar: 2.5g

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