Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage

I have seen recipes for unstuffed pepper soup or unstuffed cabbage roll stew and came up with this by ditching the things we hated and keeping the things we liked. This has only a pound of beef in it, but is still very filling. You can increase¬†the salt if you want, but we don’t go crazy with the salt in this house.

This is low-carb and gluten free.

Cost estimate:

Beef or bison: $3 for conventional and $6 for grass-fed organic

Cabbage: $0.50-1

Onion: $0.25-50


Tomatoes: $1.50

Tomato Paste: $0.39

Flour/sugar/seasoning: $0.20

Total: $5.94-9.69

$0.99-$1.62 per serving

Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage

Serves 6

1 lb. ground beef or bison (don’t go too lean, as this is your only source of fat). I get 85% lean.

1 small green cabbage, roughly cut into shreds

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

3 15-oz cans stewed tomatoes (or 2 cans stewed and 1 can fire roasted)

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 TB flour (Use wheat flour or GF flour to make GF. Can also use oats.This is to just help thicken it.)

1 TB sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Dump everything in a slow cooker and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Boom! You’re done!


Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe

I like to use the slow cooker when I have picked up a shift or have a busy day planned, but I try to avoid using packages of prepared sauces or soup mixes, because they are loaded with sodium and other ingredients that make me go “blech”.

If I make a meat dish, I prefer to make it stretch farther and add to its nutrition by adding a lot of veggies to it. I think the pureed veggies add flavor to my Veggie Infused Meatloaf recipe, and when I fiddled around with this Homemade Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe, I think it does the same thing.

You can see there is some good green stuff in there. For our veggie averse toddler, it helps to make sure she gets a little in her diet, even if I have to trick her for now.


Veggie Infused Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe (serves 8)

2 lb 85-90% lean ground beef(don’t go too lean or you lose flavor) or ground turkey

1 green bell pepper, finely diced

1 small to medium onion, finely diced

1-2 small zucchinis (either finely dice or run it through a food processor)

1 cup ketchup

2 TB yellow mustard

1 TB worcestershire sauce

1 small 6 oz can tomato paste

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt or Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup water

1 TB oats or cornstarch to thicken

pepper to taste

Add everything in slow cooker except oats or cornstarch and cook on high for 7 hours. Add oats or cornstarch to thicken in last 30 minutes and allow to simmer. For the strongly veggie averse, run all veggies through the food processor before adding to slow cooker, and they should blend in.



I’m a weirdo and I rarely eat a bun with my meat, but I found these sesame buns on clearance for $0.69. It was fantastic! Our 5 year old daughter ate multiple sandwiches.


Seriously, doesn’t that look good?