Beef, Cabbage, and Tomato

beef cabbage& tomato

I’ve shared this idea on Instagram several times. Each time, I say how great it is, and someone asks me to share the recipe. I always say I’ll get around to it, and I always forget!

But tonight is the night.

Now, it’s not one of those recipes that’s overly complicated. It requires just a few ingredients and a little patience. If you don’t have the exact ingredients, you can “wing it” as we say. This is a “husband recipe”, which means he always cooks this meal. I’ve asked for his help in putting together this recipe! If you have questions, please share in the comments so I can answer them. That way, others can also see the questions and answers. 

The only possible concern here is the tomato, which may cause a skin reaction. It’s a possible allergen, but it’s not at the top of the list. If no one in the family has issues with tomatoes, baby is less likely to have an issue with it. 

6 months and up, makes 4-5 servings
Total time: about 45 minutes


  • 1 pound high-fat ground beef (grass-fed preferable)
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes (or 2 fresh tomatoes, diced)
  • 1 14-ounce can tomato sauce (low sodium!)
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-2 teaspoons chile powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt-free all-purpose seasoning

NOTE: Start with 1 teaspoon each, then add more to taste. If baby is over 1 year of age, feel free to add a little salt. Please don’t overdo it, especially if baby is under 1 year old! You can always add salt at the table!


  1. Start to brown the beef in a large skillet, on medium heat.
  2. Chop the cabbage into 1-inch chunks, approximately. It’s a rough chop, so don’t sweat the specific size!
  3. Add half of the cabbage to the beef. Stir it occasionally until the cabbage wilts. You want the cabbage to shrink a lot so you can fit the other half of the cabbage. (10 minutes)
  4. Add the other half of the cabbage and let it cook until it reduces to about half.
  5. Add the tomatoes (diced from a can or diced fresh) and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. 
  6. Add the spices, then combine.
  7. Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes until the cabbage is fairly tender. Remove the skillet from heat and let it cool down before serving.

This is great as a stand-alone meal, but we have also had it with cornbread.

  • Wouldn’t a high fat ground beef make this very greasy? I don’t see any instructions to drain the ground beef, so I’m a bit confused.

    • blwideas

      We usually use 80/20 and it cooks down really nicely. You can drain it if you want but it makes for some excellent flavor.