Cabbage Tamales


These are a combo of German and Mexican food that are very good. You can cook these in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or oven, as well as prepare them to freeze and fix at a later time.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 tamales


  • 8 cabbage leaves

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked white rice

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 3 teaspoons New Mexico red chile powder

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup chopped onions

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers


  1. Freeze the cabbage leaves or blanch them for about 3 minutes in a large pot of boiling water to soften.

  2. Place the ground beef, rice, tomato sauce, chile powder, garlic, onion, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Mix with your hands until combined. Divide the meat mixture into 8 portions and place the meat on the softened cabbage leaves. Roll the leaves up to form logs and tuck the edges under the logs.

  3. Place the tamales into a pressure cooker or slow cooker. Pour diced tomatoes with green chiles over tamales.

  4. To cook tamales in a pressure cooker: seal the lid of the pressure cooker and bring it up to full pressure. Reduce the heat to low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 1 hour. Use the quick-release function or allow the pressure to reduce naturally.

  5. To cook tamales in a slow cooker: place the lid on the slow cooker and set it on High. Cook the tamales for 4 hours.

Cook's Notes:

I also make this in the morning and bake it in the evening. I put them into a 9x13-inch baking dish and bake them for 2 hours, topped with tomatoes and green chiles and covered with foil, at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). The tamales can be frozen for up to three months.

If you can't find canned tomatoes with green chiles and garlic, use 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup canned chopped green chiles, and 1 tablespoon minced garlic.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
16g Fat
36g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 579mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 490mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.