Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl (Video)
This low-carb Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl is so tasty and you can make the green chile beef in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot! And any family members who aren’t cabbage fans can eat the spicy beef inside tortillas if they prefer.
If you look in the Cabbage Archives on Kalyn’s Kitchen, it’s not hard to see that I’m a huge cabbage fan! And since March is the month when cabbage goes on sale for St. Patrick’s Day, it seems like the perfect time to feature this favorite low-carb Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl. I first made the beef for this recipe in the slow cooker. But I’m updating the recipe with instructions for the Instant Pot as well, because the green chile shredded beef can easily be made using the Instant Pot if you add a bit more liquid.
I really loved these bowls with green chile beef and cabbage and a tasty avocado topping, and I thought the beef was just spicy enough to be interesting. The recipe does have some carbs, but remember the nutritional information is for the complete meal. And I guess the avocado salsa is optional if you want slightly less carbs, but I would never skip it myself; the tasty avocado salsa really makes this a wow!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- beef chuck roast
- Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning, or use your favorite Southwestern spice blend)
- olive oil
- canned diced green chiles (affiliate link)
- canned beef broth for Instant Pot version)
- green cabbage
- red cabbage
- green onion
- fresh squeezed lime juice, I used my fresh-frozen lime juice
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link)
- Poblano (Pasilla) pepper
- cilantro, optional
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker?
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What if you’re not a cabbage fan?
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How to make Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)
- I started with a 3 pound chuck roast, then trimmed the fat until it was just over 2 pounds of lean meat.
- Rub the pieces of meat with Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or your favorite Southwestern spice blend.)
- Then heat a little olive oil and brown the meat well on all sides. (Don’t skip this step; the browning adds a lot of flavor.)
- Put the meat into a small slow cooker with 2 cans diced green chiles and the juice.
- I used my Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker (affliate link) for this recipe. It could be a little smaller but I wouldn’t use a bigger one unless you double the recipe.
- You can also make this in the Instant Pot (affiliate link); see the recipe below for those instructions.
- Cook on high for 3-5 hours, or until the beef shreds apart easily. (You’ll be surprised how much liquid there is.)
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred apart. (Keep the juice in the slow cooker.)
- Then put the shredded meat back in the slow cooker to absorb the liquid and stay warm while you make the cabbage slaw and salsa.
- We used a Mandoline Slicer (affliate link) with the 1.5 mm blade to make really thinly sliced cabbage, but you can also cut it by hand.
- Toss the green cabbage, red cabbage, and green onions with the mayo-lime dressing that includes Green Tabasco Sauce.
- To make the salsa, toss avocado and diced poblano pepper with lime, olive oil, and chopped cilantro.
- Layer cabbage slaw, green chile beef, and avocado salsa into individual bowls and serve.
More Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Beef Recipes:
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Check out Low-Carb and Keto Slow Cooker Recipes with Beef for lots more tasty ideas with beef!
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Ingredients for Beef:
- about 3 lb. beef chuck roast (see notes)
- 1 T Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (see notes, or use your favorite Southwestern spice blend)
- 2 tsp. olive oil (depending on your pan)
- 2 cans (4 oz. can) diced green chiles with juice
- (See directions below for additional beef stock for Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot version)
Ingredients for Cabbage Slaw and Dressing:
- 1 small head green cabbage
- 1/2 small head red cabbage
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
- 6 T mayo
- 4 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice (see notes)
- 2 tsp. (or more) Green Tabasco Sauce
Ingredients for the Avocado Salsa:
- 2 large avocados, diced
- 1 medium Poblano (Pasilla) pepper, diced very small
- 1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I use my fresh-frozen lime juice)
- 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (or use thinly-sliced green onion if you’re not a cilantro person)
Slow Cooker Directions:
- Trim all visible fat and any undesirable parts from the chuck roast and cut into thick strips. (I save all those scraps to make homemade beef stock.)
- Rub strips of beef with the taco seasoning. Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan and brown the beef well on all sides. (Don’t skip this step; the browning adds a lot of flavor.)
- Put the strips of browned beef in the slow cooker and pour in the diced green chiles and juice from the cans.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until the beef shreds apart easily. (If you’re going to be out you can also cook this for 6-8 hours on low.)
- When the beef is done, use a large slotted spoon to remove it to a cutting board, leaving the liquid in the slow cooker. Shred the beef apart with two forks and put it back in the slow cooker to absorb the liquid and keep warm while you make the cabbage slaw and salsa.
- Cut the cabbage into very thin strips. We used a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) with the 1.5 mm blade to make really thin slices, but you can also cut it by hand.) Slice the green onions.
- Whisk together the mayo, lime juice, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) to make the dressing. (Taste to see if you want more lime or Green Tabasco and adjust to taste.) Then put the cabbage and green onions into a bowl and toss with the dressing.
- Peel and cut up the avocado, place in a bowl, and toss with the lime juice. Finely chop the cilantro (or green onion) and the Poblano chile and add it to the avocado. Drizzle in the olive oil and gently toss again.
- To assemble the bowl, put a layer of the slaw, then a generous amount of the spicy beef, topped by a couple of spoonfuls of the avocado salsa. I served this with extra Green Tabasco for those who wanted a little more heat.
- If this makes more than you’ll eat at one time I would only dress the amount of cabbage you’ll be using. Refrigerate the ingredients individually and then warm the beef and toss the cabbage with the dressing when you want to eat the leftovers.
Start with a chuck roast that's close to 3 pounds, then trim fat and any unwanted parts. I use Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning for this recipe. Be sure to choose a brand without sugar if you're using purchased taco seasoning. I use my fresh-frozen lime juice.
Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Directions:
- Use the ingredients as above for slow cooker version, but you will need an additional 3/4 cup beef stock for cooking in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Brown meat as above, or brown in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Put the strips of browned beef in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker and pour in the diced green chiles with juice from the cans and 3/4 cup beef stock.
- Lock the lid, set to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, and set time for 45 minutes.
- When the time is finished, use NATURAL RELEASE for 15 minutes, then use quick release method to release the rest of the pressure.
- Make cabbage slaw, dressing, and avocado salsa as above to finish the recipe.
- Remove beef to a cutting board to shred, then put it back into the pressure cooker to absorb the liquid. (You can use the simmer or saute setting on the pressure cooker to reduce some of the liquid if you think there will be too much.)
- Assemble bowls as above.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 815Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 18gUnsaturated Fat: 37.4gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 429mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 7.4gSugar: 5.4gProtein: 59g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other low-carb eating plan.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted as a slow cooker recipe in 2014. It was later updated to add the Instant Pot Option and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2021.