Here’s the easy way to enjoy all the comfort of traditional cabbage rolls without all the work. Unstuffed Chorizo Cabbage Roll Skillet is a kicked-up Southwestern-inspired version made more flavorful with chorizo sausage and your favorite salsa! Best of all, it’s ready in under an hour!
Why This Recipe is a Keeper!
Even though cabbage rolls are one of my favorite dishes EVERRR because it’s a dish that’s part of my very Polish heritage, I’m not a fan of all the work.
This simple Southwestern-inspired skillet version is one you’re going to want to put on repeat! It’s got tons of flavor but best of all, it’s budget-friendly and uses a lot of pantry and simple ingredients you may already have on hand!
More reasons to love Unstuffed Chorizo Cabbage Roll Skillet:
- It’s ready in under an hour
- Leftovers reheat beautifully
- It’s freezer-friendly!
What is chorizo?
Chorizo is a highly seasoned sausage popular in Mexican and Spanish cooking. True chorizo is made with pork, although it’s now possible to buy chicken and soy versions.
There are two varieties and they’re not interchangeable.
- Mexican chorizo is fresh, raw and available in links, 1-pound tubes or bulk.
- Spanish chorizo is cured and dried. It is best served as part of something like a charcuterie board or tapas menu.
How to make Unstuffed Chorizo Cabbage Roll Skillet:
Here’s everything you’ll need to make this cabbage roll recipe along with how to prep. See the recipe card below for the exact quantities.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions:
- Chorizo: You’ll want to use fresh, raw Mexican chorizo for this recipe. If you can’t find or don’t wish to buy chorizo, ground beef, turkey, chicken or pork may be substituted. However, you may want to add a little chili powder or paprika to bump up the flavor.
- Converted White Rice: Converted white rice is simply rice that has been parboiled and dried. The process actually allows for more nutrient-retention than plain white rice but it has less than brown rice. You can use brown rice, but keep in mind it will take much longer to cook and you’ll need more liquid.
- Diced Tomatoes: Can use regular diced, fire-roasted diced or petite diced tomatoes.
- Salsa: Use your favorite salsa.
- Beef Broth: Can also use stock. If using a protein other than chorizo such as turkey or chicken, you’ll want to substitute chicken or turkey broth/stock.
- Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften.
- Add the green pepper, cook then add garlic and cook briefly.
- Add the raw chorizo and cook until it’s nicely browned and cooked through.
- Drain off any excess grease.
- Stir in the converted white rice.
- Add the liquid ingredients (broth, canned tomatoes and salsa).
- Bring to a boil.
- Add the cabbage by the handful, stirring after each addition.
- Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked and the cabbage has wilted.
- Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a nice shot of green freshness!
That’s it! Unstuffed Chorizo Cabbage Roll Skillet is a delicious, healthy, super-flavorful easy skillet dinner with all the elements of cabbage rolls but without all the work!
Chef Tips and Tricks:
- Struggle with tears when chopping onions? Meee tooo. Set a small fan near your cutting board to blow the noxious compound that makes you cry away in the opposite direction. You can also buy goggles but I find they distort my vision enough to where cutting myself is possible.
- Use coleslaw mix to save time. You’ll even add an extra veggie that’s in the mix: Carrots.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, but brown rice will take much longer to cook. I would advise using leftover cooked brown rice if you’re in a hurry. You’ll also want to have additional broth on hand because of the additional cooking time and wait longer before adding the cabbage so it retains some texture.
–If you’re not a fan of chorizo, can’t find or don’t wish to buy, use plain ground beef, turkey, chicken or pork.
–Savoy cabbage can be substituted for the plain green variety.
Make it a meal with:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter and Almonds
- Skillet Charred Green Beans with Goat Cheese Chipotle Butter
- Creamy Cucumber Salad with Yogurt
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse
More great cabbage recipes:
- Italian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Potato Cabbage Casserole with Cheddar and Bacon
- Spicy Asian Pork Cabbage Rolls
- Old-Fashioned Potato Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup
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Unstuffed Chorizo Cabbage Roll Skillet
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- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large onion - finely chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper - chopped
- 4 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 pound chorizo sausage - fresh Mexican-style, casings removed if using links
- 1 cup converted white rice - (also known as parboiled white rice) uncooked
- 2 cups beef broth - or as needed
- 1 can (14.5-ounce) petite diced tomatoes - undrained
- 1 cup salsa
- 1/2 large head green cabbage - cut into 4 wedges and sliced (5-6 loosely packed cups)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
- Chopped parsley - for garnish (optional)
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, reduce heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often until beginning to soften. Adjust the heat as necessary so the onion doesn’t burn.
- Add the green bell pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often until beginning to soften.
- Add the garlic and cook briefly, 10-15 seconds or until fragrant.
- Add the chorizo sausage and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring often and breaking up the sausage until it is evenly browned. Drain off any excess grease.
- Stir in the uncooked rice then add the broth, petite diced tomatoes and salsa. Bring to a boil.
- Add the cabbage by the handful, stirring to distribute and wilt it until all the cabbage is added.
- Cover and cook 10-12 minutes or until the rice is tender. Add extra beef broth if you like it saucier.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
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