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.

Mexican Cabbage Soup |

Mexican Cabbage Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
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


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

Recipe Notes

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


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  1. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I used to think I hated cabbage too! I think I had a bad experience on a St. Patrick’s Day with braised cabbage when I was little and swore it off. But now I love it. Can’t wait to try this soup. Thanks for the guest post!

  2. Joanne

    The.Boy also thinks he doesn’t like cabbage, but then I make it and he’s all like “this is SO good, what is it?!?” And I’m like uhhhhh cabbage. Totally trying this out on him!

    1. Julia Post author

      Ohhhhh men…they never reaaaaaaaally know what they like 😉 I’m psyched about this crock o loving…hope your man stallion loves it too 😉

  3. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    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!

  4. Jessica

    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!


    1. Julia Post author

      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!!


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