I love the bold taste of Vietnamese dishes. This is packed with flavor and spice and is just beautiful in colors. I have tried doing individual bowls but prefer a family-style serving. Serve with a quality jasmine rice and spring roll for additional savory awesomeness. Add a little sliced habanero pepper if you want to increase the heat level. (I'm from Texas and like heat.)

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut cabbage in half on a flat work surface. Empty one half of the core and most of the interior leaves to act as a bowl. Slice the other half thinly.

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  • Finely chop 1/2 the red onion and slice the other half thinly.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, ground beef, Fresno chile, paprika, and salt. Cook, breaking up and stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Whisk remaining oil, lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, and lime zest together in a small bowl. Stir into the beef mixture and combine thoroughly. Scoop the heated mixture into the cabbage bowl. Top with the sliced cabbage, sliced onion, cilantro, and mint. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

410 calories; protein 23.8g; carbohydrates 22.5g; fat 26.6g; cholesterol 68.5mg; sodium 877.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2018
I gave it a 4 rating after making my tweeks. First I chopped up all the cabbage the bowl idea was lost on me. I used a jalapeño that I cut in half and seeded I took it out before serving so I just got the right amount of heat with no surprises. After the meat onion pepper mixture was cooked I tossed in the cabbage to cook it a bit then added the lime juice mixture and cooked it all together. After everything was well mixed and the cabbage a little cooked I removed the jalapeño and threw it away. Then topped it with the chopped mint cilantro and raw onion slices. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2018
I gave it a 4 rating after making my tweeks. First I chopped up all the cabbage the bowl idea was lost on me. I used a jalapeño that I cut in half and seeded I took it out before serving so I just got the right amount of heat with no surprises. After the meat onion pepper mixture was cooked I tossed in the cabbage to cook it a bit then added the lime juice mixture and cooked it all together. After everything was well mixed and the cabbage a little cooked I removed the jalapeño and threw it away. Then topped it with the chopped mint cilantro and raw onion slices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2019
Delicious! Instead of the bowl I just thinly sliced about 3/4 of a small red cabbage and ended up adding it to the cooked beef mixture and letting it cook slightly for about 3-5 minutes. I used grapeseed oil for the dressing/sauce as well as coconut palm sugar of which I used about 1 TBs after tasting as I find it's less sweet than brown sugar. I also subbed parsley for cilantro as DH hates it and 1 deseeded chopped jalapeño which I cooked with the onion. I am sure I'll make this one again so thanks for sharing a great recipe Sahara B! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2019
I really loved this and it was pretty easy to make. The crunch of the cabbage and the faint taste of lime were really great. It is also good using ground turkey as a substitute for the beef. will definitely make this again and again.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2019
This was REALLY good. I also used a jalapeno with seeds removed. We like it spicy so just finely sliced it and added with onions. Tried linigmambowl with cabbage but ended up shreddjng it. Left the caabbage raw wife wasn't too sure about cabbage uncooked but really liked it. Will absolutely makemitmagain...maybe try ground turkey. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2019
I like to double this and use a mix of ground turkey and ground buffalo which makes a ton of food. Like others I use a jalapeno to substitute for the listed pepper. Keep most or all of the jalapeno seeds in the recipe for a kick. I chop all of the cabbage and onions but don't add the cabbage until the last 5 minutes of cooking. This is excellent with sticky Jasmine rice. Read More
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