Total Time
8hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 hrs

Who wants to bother boiling cabbage leaves and rolling up ground beef? Ouch! Those leaves are hot! This no-fuss recipe tastes just as good!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 2 lbs extra lean ground beef (precook and drain higher fat content beef)
  • 28 ounces tomato sauce


  1. Crumble uncooked lean ground beef in crock pot.
  2. Mix in onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Remove core from cabbage and cut into wedges.
  4. Arrange cabbage over meat mixture.
  5. Pour tomato sauce over cabbage.
  6. Cook on low for 8-10 hours
  7. Note: may be converted to 2-3 hour stovetop method in dutch oven but recommend precooking ground beef with onion and garlic.
Most Helpful

What a simple recipe, and I really like it! Sometimes simple isn't tasty, but this one is. I don't even look at the recipe anymore, just put enough for myself in one pot and enjoy it. Thank you for sharing this!

Aimee88 January 06, 2010

Overall, very tasty with good flavors. I would have to customize it a bit for my own taste. There was too much sauce for me, but as I stated, this is simply my preference. However, much easier than making traditional cabbage rolls, and a lovely addition to the site. Thanks Dave

kjmun12 July 18, 2008