These Gluten Free Keto Cabbage Roll Enchiladas are a perfect One Pan Low Carb Dinner that everyone in the family is going to love!
Baby is STILL not here, but today is my due date so things are about to get real busy soon, so I have even LESS time to cook. I’m so glad I whipped up these gluten free keto cabbage roll enchiladas in the weeks leading up to baby’s appearance. If you’re a fan of cabbage rolls (HELL YES) and that spicy tangy enchilada sauce (BRING IT ON), you’re going to adore these gluten free keto cabbage roll enchiladas. They’re the love child of everything delicious in this world, and BONUS- mine are actually healthy.
How to Make Gluten Free Keto Cabbage Roll Enchiladas
I grew up eating a lot of cabbage rolls, so I’ve got a more classic version here on my blog. I’ve also made a lot of enchiladas before including this chicken one, and this butternut squash version here. It really was just about time that I forced the two together in a steamy love bath and called it dinner. The thing is, I love cabbage any way, so the idea to use cabbage leaves as the low carb vessel to hold in a ton of meat and cheese just felt REALLY right. Hence why these gluten free keto cabbage roll enchiladas have become an instant favourite in my family and a G-D SENT right before baby comes.
It starts with blanching your cabbage leaves so they’re pliable enough to roll. Then you can fill them up with tons of meat, veggies and cheese and stuff them into your casserole dish. Since these are gluten free keto cabbage roll ENCHILADAS, we need a solid enchilada sauce. I like to think mine is AMAZING so definitely try it out. If you need to be super careful about the carbs you can leave the maple syrup out or swap it for a non calorie sweetener. I just really like the tiny bit of sweetness to balance out the spicy chipotle in adobo.
Ah my mouth is watering just thinking about it again, so I guess I’m going to have to find the time between feeds to make another batch. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.
Now lovelies, tell me, have you made these gluten free keto cabbage roll enchiladas?
What’s your favourite filling in enchiladas?
Have you ever thought to use low carb cabbage leaves instead of tortillas?
Leave me a comment below with your thoughts!
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 - 1 chipotle in adobo sauce minced
- 1 tbsp adobo sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or non calorie sweetener
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 2 cups plain tomato sauce
- Salt to taste
- 1 head green cabbage
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
- 2 clove garlic minced
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeds and veins removed, minced
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms stemmed and diced
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed and lightly smashed
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 cup frozen fresh or canned corn
- 2 cups monterey jack cheese divided
- Salt to taste
- Lime wedges
- Cojita cheese
Preheat a skillet over medium high heat and add in the olive oil for the sauce. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add in the chipotle, adobo sauce, maple, cumin and tomato sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes until the flavours come together then season with salt to taste. Pour into a dish and set aside.
Clean out the skillet and add the olive oil for the filling. Add in the beef and start to cook until it browns. Add in the garlic, bell peppers, jalapeno, mushrooms, the lightly smashed beans, chili and cumin. Cook for 7 minutes, then add in 1/4 cup of the reserved sauce, along with the corn and salt, to taste. Set aside.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 13x9" baking dish.
Carefully remove the leaves from the cabbage head and plunge into a pot of salted boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes then transfer to a bowl filled with ice water. Dry the leaves off.
Place a leaf in front of you with the stem towards you and add about 3-4 tablespoons of filling. Top with 1 tablespoon of cheese then roll up, tucking in the sides as you go.
Add about 1/4-1/3 cup of the sauce to the bottom of the dish and begin to fill with the cabbage rolls. Top with the remaining sauce. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
Finally, remove from the oven and sprinkle the cheese down the centre. Bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
To serve, top with avocado, cilantro, cojita cheese and lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!