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Mexican Cabbage Soup (guest post)

Mexican Cabbage Soup |

Last weekend, I was scrolling through my instagram feed like a straight up gangster and saw Kelly from Hidden Fruits & Veggies had instagramed a picture of cabbage stewing in a crock pot. So I of course liked and commented and was all “yoooo gimme someuh dat crock o’ cabbage!” Except I said it like a normal person. Lo and behold, the crock o’ cabbage was for you and me because Kelly is guest posting today!

I love Kelly’s style of cooking and sense of humor. She leaves some HILLarious comments on my posts that make me LOL like I’ve never LOLed before. Kelly’s witty and fun and I always enjoy reading her blog and gaping at her unique and healthful vegetarian recipes. I’ll leave you to your Kelly treat so she can tell you all about her Mexican Cabbage Soup!

Mexican Cabbage Soup |

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Hello everyone! Kelly here from Hidden Fruits and Veggies. I was pretty excited when Julia asked me to guest post — my blog is just under a year old and I feel very much like a 7 year old getting to sit at the grown up’s table. I usually blog about healthy vegetarian foods, often vegan and sometimes gluten free. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m very, very lazy — so slow cookers, FTW!

I feel very robbed when it comes to cabbage. For the first 23 years of my life, I thought I hated it. It was the icky stuff that came in bagged salad mixes and it had no place on my plate. My parents gave me a few heads last, last summer and I had no idea what to do with them, until I stumbled upon a recipe for Mexican cabbage. The way to my heart is through Mexican food, like I assume holds true for most normal people, right? This recipe doesn’t have much to do with the recipe that ignited my love fire other than it has lots of cabbage and some Mexican spice.

Mexican Cabbage Soup |

Another bonus about this soup? You open a few cans, sprinkle some seasonings, chop like two things, and walk away. Just make sure you come back to dinner in a few hours and enjoy. Also, toppings. Because cabbage as like 4 calories, you can cover this baby in sour cream or cheese without a second though. For bonus points: cut a corn tortilla into strips, spritz with nonstick spray, shake on some taco seasoning, and put under the broiler until crispy — put those crunchy bits on your soup and slip into heaven. Serve alongside a salad for a light dinner or serve as an appetizer for tacos or burritos! I’ll suggest 10 minute TVP tacos.

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Mexican Cabbage Soup

Mexican Cabbage Soup is a rich and flavorful soup that is big in flavor but is still nice and light.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes
Course: Soups, Stews, & Chilies
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia


  • 1 head cabbage I used red, but green works
  • 1 - 2 bell peppers
  • 2 15 oz cans Mexican stewed tomatoes the kind with jalepenos and cumin
  • 2 1/2 tbsp . chili powder
  • 5 c vegetable broth
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tbsp . oregano
  • 1 tbsp . low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp . liquid smoke
  • a few shakes each garlic and onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: tortilla strips cheese, green onions, sour cream


  • Slice the cabbage and peppers into half inch strips.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large slow cooker (except optional toppings). It's okay if not all of the cabbage is covered.
  • Cook on low for at least 6 hours, up to 10.
  • Serve with optional toppings.


To keep it gluten free, use liquid aminos or buy gluten free soy sauce.


Serving: 1grams

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Wednesday 25th of May 2016

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Haley - egginon

Thursday 16th of January 2014

I love cabbage but usually go the Asian route with it... can't wait to try this!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

Tuesday 14th of January 2014

Pretty much obsessed with this, can't wait to try - has all the flavors I love!


Monday 13th of January 2014

Hey Julia!

My friend and I really want to try out your soup recipe, but I've never heard of liquid smoke! Where on earth do you find such a thing!? The recipe sounds delicious!



Monday 13th of January 2014

Hi Jessica, I'm so glad you want to try the soup! Liquid smoke is the stuff you put in bbq sauce to make it taste smokey. It can be found at pretty much any grocery store...I'm thinking it might be in the same aisle as bbq sauce. Let me know how you like the soup!!

Kari@Loaves n Dishes

Saturday 11th of January 2014

When I feel like I have a few pounds to lose I make a big ol' pot of cabbage soup. Next time it will be Mexican Cabbage Soup, it's low in fat and calories, totally satisfying, and still totally delish! Yummo Kelly!

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