A quick and easy low-carb keto crack slaw made with grated cabbage and ground beef. So good, it can be addicting which is how it got it's name.
It may come as a surprise that I've never made the popular skillet dish made with coleslaw mix and ground beef until now. I decided to make it last weekend and see if it lives up to its name.
It's a popular recipe from the Low Carb Friends forum. They named it crack slaw because it tastes so good, it's addicting.
My older two kids gave me some strange looks when I started talking about the name of the dish. Once I told them what it was, they were like "it really needs to have a different name."
They don't think crack sounds very appealing as a food. I'd have to agree. Nevertheless, I had a hug head of cabbage in the refrigerator and wanted to find out why the recipe gets such rave reviews.
What is crack slaw? It's a dish typically made with a bag of coleslaw mix to make things easy, but I find grating fresh cabbage in the food processor is just as easy.
You simply brown up ground meat, set it aside, then fry up the shredded cabbage mix in the same pan. It's usually seasoned with soy sauce and a sprinkling of spices. Most people make it with ground beef, but you could use ground turkey or chicken.
I grew up on Asian food so almost everything my family ate had soy sauce in it. Since soy sauce usually has wheat in it, I prefer using tamari instead. However, I've been moving away from soy all together so I've been using coconut aminos which is a bit expensive.
You can customize this dish with seasonings that suit your own taste. I like mine a little spicy so I sprinkle on red pepper flakes. You may like it a little sweeter or prefer to leave the sweetener out entirely.
The great thing about low carb crack slaw is that it's such an easy dish to throw together. This makes it perfect for those busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly.
I often forget how delicious and versatile cabbage is. Cauliflower seems to always get the attention as the go to low carb vegetable.
But, there are so many things you can do with cabbage. In this dish, the grated cabbage is reminiscent of rice. And, unlike cauliflower, cabbage makes terrific noodles when sliced in long strands!
This low carb crack slaw made me realize that I need to eat more cabbage. It's such a great low carb vegetable!
Do you eat a lot of cabbage? What's your favorite way to serve it? My favorite recipes are a creamed beef casserole and coleslaw.
But now that I've discovered how delicious hot cabbage slaw is, it's being added to my favorite list of cabbage recipes! It will be a regular in my dinner rotation.
Low Carb Crack Slaw Recipe with Beef and Cabbage
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Low Carb Crack Slaw with Beef and Cabbage
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger ground
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- dash black pepper
- 1 ½ pound cabbage grated (can use coleslaw mix if desired)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 10 SweetLeaf stevia drops
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- In large skillet or wok, brown the ground beef with garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper.
- Remove beef from skillet.
- Heat olive oil in skillet. Add cabbage and cook until it begins to brown.
- Stir tamari, vinegar, stevia and red pepper flakes (if using) into cooked cabbage. Add in browned ground beef and continue cooking until well heated.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 277 [calories] => 268 [carbohydrates] => 7 [protein] => 15 [fat] => 19 [saturated_fat] => 6 [cholesterol] => 53 [sodium] => 506 [potassium] => 415 [fiber] => 2 [sugar] => 3 [vitamin_a] => 160 [vitamin_c] => 42 [calcium] => 62 [iron] => 2.1 [serving_unit] => g )
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I love this recipe and we travel in an RV in the summer. I was able to cook this in an instant pot on sauté and it worked perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly but for ease on the road I used the bags of coleslaw and tubed ginger. I have one of those meat mash tool made popular with pampered chef and used it to brown the meat ginger, garlic etc. I removed the meat as instructed and I put in one bag of coleslaw and mashed it down and mixed until cooked, then I gradually added the second bag until cooked through. I finished adding the rest of the ingredients then re-added the ground beef and it was perfect. Dish only gets better on the second day as leftovers!
Love the cabbage recipes. Some of my favorite breakfast recipes are Joes special a mad scramble of hamburger, garlic, spinach and eggs; and scrambled egg tacos made with low carb ww tortillas that are 4 inches in diameter. Nice change up from the usual breakfast fare.
Sooo simple and soooo AMAZING! Thanks for this great recipe. Will become a family favorite 🙂
This was super easy. I used sausage because the beef was frozen and I wanted to cook with cabbage tonight! This is delicious! Thanks bunches! I had everything else on hand. Oh, I added some onion! I love the smell of sauted onions in cabbage!! Anyway..... I will be making this again!!
Looks like a great recipe, but I’m not a fan of calling food after a drug that destroys lives.... not an appealing thing, but thank you for the great recipe.
I wouldn't have called it that either. It was named by others.
My most favourite recipe Just love the flavours
Made this dish with turkey burger. Not sure it needed the sweetness of the Stevia drops, but it was fantastic, regardless. Also had it in a low-carb tortilla. Will definitely make again!