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Unstuffed Chorizo Cabbage Roll Skillet

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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!
Course Main Course / Entrees
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 6
Calories 337

Ingredients

  • 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
  • ½ 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS:  Use ground beef, turkey or chicken in place of chorizo.  Add chili powder or paprika to bump up the flavor.
REHEATING LEFTOVERS:  Reheat in the microwave until heated through.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Cool completely and freeze in airtight containers as desired for 1-2 months.  Thaw in the microwave or refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1738mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2mg