Cheesy Cabbage Chorizo Casserole

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Switching up the average weeknight ground beef dinner with this Cheesy Cabbage Chorizo Casserole. The low-carb casserole comes together simply and is insanely delicious.

The flavourful chorizo meat, creamy tomato sauce, thinly sliced cabbage and julienned carrots, cooked to perfection topped with a generous portion of goey cheese—all this goodness in only one skillet.

the chorizo is the heart and soul of this recipe,


cheesy cabbage chorizo casserole


here are the details – start with the chorizo

The deep rich flavour in this cabbage casserole comes from the chorizo. Chorizo is an intensely season ground pork used in Mexican and Spanish cuisine. The Spanish version is usually smoked, while the Mexican chorizo is made with raw, well seasoned ground pork. 

If your butcher doesn’t carry gluten-free chorizo, a simple recipe for gluten-free homemade chorizo is included below.


cooked chorizo with onions


you will need an oven-proof skillet

Use a large oven-proof skillet, preferably one that has a lid. Or a cast-iron skillet for this one-pan recipe. First, saute the onions until they caramelize, add the chorizo and cook until no longer pink.


chorizo mixture with sauce


Add the tomato sauce and cream. By mixing the tomato sauce with the cream, the sauce will become creamy without a strong tomato flavour. The sauce is sooo good!


sliced cabbage and carrots


Plenty of thinly sliced cabbage – so good for us!

Top the chorizo mixture with the thinly sliced cabbage and julienned carrots. I use my hands to briefly mix the two to distribute the carrots with the cabbage evenly. Then lightly season the cabbage and carrots with salt and pepper, cover and bake. 


sliced cabbage and carrots


You don’t want to add too much salt and pepper because the chorizo sauce is already richly flavoured, and the cabbage with carrots is later mixed with the sauce.

the cheese seals the deal

By this time, this cabbage chorizo casserole will make your kitchen smell so good. It will be hard to wait for dinner. Remove the lid, mix the softened cabbage and carrots with the chorizo mixture and top with your favourite good melting cheese.


chorizo with cabbage and carrots


Continue baking until the cheese has melted and starts to bubble. This takes only about 10 minutes. OMG, this Mexican-inspired dish is amazing!


cheesy cabbage chorizo casserole


Easy gluten-free chorizo recipe

  • 1 lb. ground pork (you can also use ground beef, turkey or chicken)
  • 1 Tbsp. GF paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. GF chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. GF garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. GF dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. GF ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. GF dried coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cloves
  • GF cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Lime juice or apple cider vinegar

In a large bowl, mix pork with spices and lime juice/apple cider vinegar until well combined. The chorizo meat is now ready to be used in the recipe.

I used certified gluten-free chorizo meat which I purchased from Whole Foods, because I wanted to keep this recipe super simple. But if I have more time, I always make fresh chorizo.


cheesy cabbage chorizo casserole


ways to serve this cabbage chorizo casserole

This casserole dinner recipe is gluten-free and low carb. You can add a light salad or serve it over garlic fauxtatoes. Or, serve this chorizo dish with scrambled eggs for brunch. YUM!

Are you feeling hungry? Or have big appetites to feed? Serve this cheesy cabbage chorizo dish over rice, mashed potatoes or even pasta. Or, save this Mexican-inspired recipe for Cinco de Mayo!


cheesy cabbage chorizo casserole


Need an easy appetizer to feed a crowd? Bake the casserole in a pretty serving dish and serve with gluten-free corn chips or some veggie sticks for the diet savvy. You can also top the low-carb chorizo casserole with sour cream and fresh herbs. Enjoy!

Looking for other cheesy casserole recipes? Here are some of my favourites:

Gluten-Free Ground Beef and Mushroom Casserole

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

30 Minute Gluten-Free Stovetop Lasagna


Let’s Connect!


Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 lb. GF chorizo meat *see below how to make chorizo if your butcher doesn't carry chorizo meat
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 head of a medium green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned or sliced
  • 2 cups good melting cheese (I used mozzarella and cheddar combo)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley, oregano or basil
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  • Using a large skillet saute onions in olive oil until lightly caramelized. About 5 minutes
  • Turn up the heat to high and add chorizo meat. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spatula until no longer pink
  • Stir in tomato sauce and cream until combined
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and top with a mixture of cabbage and carrots. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet with a lid or foil paper and bake for 45 minutes at 375 F
  • Remove the lid and stir everything until combined. Top with cheese and continue baking for 10 - 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbling.
  • Serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh herbs if you wish
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    6 Responses to Cheesy Cabbage Chorizo Casserole

    • Loriana Rini October 24, 2021

      what temp do you bake it at?

      • Kristina October 24, 2021

        the oven temperature is at 375 F, thank you Loriana for pointing this out.

    • Renata November 8, 2021

      this was sooooo good, my family loved it. Thank you for posting

      • Kristina November 8, 2021

        thank you Renata, wonderful to hear

    • Louis December 5, 2021

      this cabbage dish was outstanding, thank you!

      • Kristina December 5, 2021

        thank you Louis.

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