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Green Chile Cabbage Enchiladas Recipe


If you’re looking to lighten up a classic enchilada dish (or maybe you are following a grain-free diet), try swapping out the tortillas for cabbage. Because of the flavors of green chilies and cilantro, you will not notice any strong cabbage flavor making these enchiladas a perfect low carb way to enjoy a popular Mexican dish!

Green Chile Cabbage Enchiladas

(Adapted from Collin’s Recipe that was originally posted here)


1 head of cabbage
about 3 cups of shredded chicken (I used part of a rotisserie chicken)
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
2 (7 ounce) cans of chopped green chiles
Handful of fresh cilantro
Salt & pepper (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
4 green onions, chopped
shredded cheese (optional)

For the Sauce:

Add the chicken broth to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and mix in the sour cream and green chiles. Heat thoroughly but do not boil and make sure to stir often. Let simmer for just a bit and the sauce should thicken. Season with salt and pepper. My sauce wasn’t as thick as we like it so I ended up whisking in about 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch to thicken (keep this in mind to adjust to your preference).

For the Enchiladas:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Peel the cabbage leaves – make sure to peel them gently, as you don’t want them to tear. I ran the cabbage under warm water as I was peeling and this helped quite a bit. Throw the cabbage leaves into the pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes. Remove and set on a paper towel to dry.

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Mix the shredded chicken with chopped fresh cilantro, green onion, and shredded cheese (optional). I also seasoned well with salt & pepper, and cumin.

 Take your cabbage leaves and place the chicken mixture inside of them and roll up. I also put a tablespoon or so of the sauce in with the chicken mixture. Place each cabbage roll in the baking dish and top with the rest of the enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.

Bake at 350° for about 20 to 30 minutes.

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This recipe ended up making seven cabbage enchiladas (since my kids love flour tortillas, I made two enchiladas with flour tortillas for them). I mention this because if you really aren’t interested in trying out the cabbage, this recipe also works great with flour tortillas. As you can see from the pictures, I topped ours with more chopped cilantro and onion and they were so good!

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[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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Comments 49

  1. Elle Si

    WHAT?! This is genius! Lina, you’re amazing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Aw thanks! Enjoy

  2. Teresa Turner

    Oh,yummy!! A new recipe for us!! Thank you!!!

  3. Erika

    Can’t wait to try this! Problem is, fiancé won’t eat it so I’ll have to cut the recipe down for me.

  4. mel

    YUM! I’ll have to try with the cabbage leaves. I’ve been using La Tortilla Factory low carb tortillas. If you have time, marinate chicken strips overnight in Mojo (can find it in the ethnic aisle or with the other salad dressings & marinades, depending on which store you shop) It gives the chicken a real nice pop of flavor.

  5. Stephanie


  6. Ashley

    Oh my yumminess (if that’s a word?!) Definitely trying this, love cabbage & enchiladas…the best of both worlds! 🙂

  7. sudha

    looks yummy……

  8. Kathy

    That looks amazing. Gonna have to try that sometime

  9. markiesluv


  10. Katie

    Our family loves cabbage and enchiladas so this is a great combo! Thanks Lina your awesome!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Katie Enjoy 🙂

  11. Pam

    I’ve tried this recipe and it’s good!!!!

  12. SB

    This looks so yummy!!!
    Can’t wait to try this=)

  13. Tilla Ham

    only 2 of 6 in our family would eat this, but it looks delicious

  14. Barb

    Amazing! I had a ct scan last week because of stomach problems and nothing showed up bad (happy but at the same time frustrated). I cut out wheat the last few days and have been feeling better. This is just the recipe for me, I’m starving for flavor I can’t wait to make this! Thanks Lina, love your pictures!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Barb!

  15. Rae

    This looks good it would work for the hubby and I! We are trasitioning to a grain-free/sugar-free house. I can not say enough about how different my 3yo is because of the change!! No screaming(for an hour or longer) fits and he eats more now than he ever did before! We just tried the ‘tortilla’ recipe from stupideasypaleo last night… as we phase those out large leaf wraps will be phased in. Baby steps.

    • Rachel

      I am sorry if it is too much but would you mind telling me how to change a 3 years old eating habit???? Been exhausted with my kid who won’t eat anything but pizza and chicken nugget.

      • Zosia

        Have 2 yo who eats only chicken nuggets from McDonalds and 3.5 yo who eats bit better. If u want to exhange some recepies/observations/ success stories- pls email me at zakret@yahoo.com
        Always looking forward to learn something new in this matter specially!!!!!

        • Rachel

          My 2.5 years old eats the same..nugget and pizza.. He used to love banana but not anymore …my email is rachelclaire20@yahoo.com
          I just decided not to give up today. He just had Milk at 8am and nothing till now 4:20. Let’s see how long he will decide to eat what I offer.

        • Rachel

          I could not see my reply for you???

      • Rae

        Baby steps. Lots of tears. It takes saying “no” more times than anyone cares to say to a kid. We explain to him that he cant have things because they are not good for him and are trying to teach him what good foods are. The first two-three weeks were the hardest on him. We are introducing foods like we tried when he was a baby… repitition and consistancy. Instead of a PB and Honey sandwhich he gets apple with almondbutter. Instead of bowl after bowl of empty calorie cereal he gets eggs and lean meat for breakfast. He simply gets no choice and when he is brave and tries new foods (chewing and swallowing)he earns stars. Six stars get him a treasure. He has discovered he likes cauliflower and broccoli and even sauted onions. Getting him to bite an apple slice was a crime a month ago but today he had half an apple with no fuss what so ever… it wasnt peeled either. If I feel like he hasnt had enough carbs then I toss some veggies and some frozen banana in the blender with a little coconut milk and give him a smoothie. My mom never gave us a choice of what to eat. sometimes I sat at the table until I fell asleep vs eating something I didnt like, my son is just as stubborn. Seeing near immediate results in his attitude and sleep patterns has given me the determination to keep going with the change over. Just like an adult who is making a major diet change he has had cravings and we are finding things to help him through. We have Enjoy Life Dark chocolate bars(soy, nut, dairy free) for once every few days he gets a quarter of a square. I know they have sugar… baby steps. I sometimes also add 100% cocoa powder to his smoothie.

        • Rachel

          Thanks so much Rae!!! Today I have decided to be more determined. My son got sick last week so he didnot eat anything but milk. Then last Monday, he started eating some pizza, but since then .. He refuses anything but pizza and nugget. This morning he just had milk at 8am and starves himself till now 4:16. I am not gonna give him pizza today but don’t know how long he will be this stubborn?

    • Anna

      I have a 2.5year old who would only eat pizza and nuggets if i served them daily. That’s where you need to step in as a parent and get rid of those from your freezer. My daughter would beg and I would say we don’t have any. A child will not o hungry for a week, they will eventually eat something different. I make lots of soups with veggies, you can freeze them too and she eats those for lunches. At first we had to play a movie to get her to eat something different, now it’s just what’s served and no protests. Bottom line, get rid of nuggets and pizza and use them only as treats every few weeks.

  16. Kan

    gonna try this soon! Keep the recipes coming Collin!

  17. Lynn

    Thanks Lina! Starting to read The Daniel Plan book and trying to convert to healthier options, GREAT suggestion/recipe.

  18. Adrian

    Oh my gosh. This totally looks like something my family would eat! Thank you for posting this! As far as helping your kids eat healthier…..they will only eat what you feed them. My daughter never asks for a chicken nugget because we have never fed her one. I have a friend who never understood why my daughter would eat what we ate for dinner, when her kids would only eat McD’s each night. I told her it was because WE make the choices for them and if you stick to your guns enough, they will eventually try and enjoy new foods. I have co-worker who only eats pop-tarts for breakfast and frozen pizza for lunch and dinner because that is all that her Mom would make for her when she was growing up. She is now just giving that to her kids to eat, instead of letting them try new things and enjoy new things. Just a viscous and unhealthy cycle. 🙁

    • Rae

      Thats awesome that your daughter has never had those things. Kudos. For me I never thought my son had a bad diet. What could be wrong with whole wheat bread with peanutbutter and honey and a cup of whole milk to wash it down? After all, these are things they served us in public school lunches when I was a kid. Wouldnt you know it… pizza and chicken nuggets were on the menu as well. Our son did always eat what we ate minus the veggies/fruit and if there was a grain product he was chow down on that. My husband and I were looking to switch to a primal/paleo diet for ourselves and I kept wondering what I was going to do about our boys my 3yo hated veggies and fruit and the 5mo would need to be started on cereal soon(because everyone starts with cereal right?)… Three days of overloading my brain with Paleo/Primal nutritional information later I was curious if all these people claiming their kids calmed down by breaking the Beige Food habit was true. So I figured Id try it. We also started baby-led weaning with our now almost 6mo he loves playing with the squishy veggies! My 3yo would scream and throw tantrum after tantrum over the smallest things and I would have NEVER guessed it was his diet. He would scream for an hour or longer sometimes… Id call my mom in near tears trying to figure out what to do because Id tried EVERYTHING. Usually Id have to hold him until he just calmed down like nothing happened as any discipline made it worse. As he got bigger he was getting more violent. A month ago I was considering very seriously talking to his pedi about meds to control these outbreaks. How could I have ever though his diet was causing it? We didn’t eat much fast food or very many processed foods. I would have never thought to say no to grains and milk for him. Its not easy for everyone to get their kids to eat good whole foods and some of us really believe we are feeding our kids nutritious meals. Im a believer in grain free since its been weeks(so excited to make that plural) since he has had a screaming fit and he sleeps so much better and has lots of energy to be silly!! He is three and still has had a fit here and there but no screaming and no full blown tantrums so a little fit I can handle.

    • Anna

      I agree with the poster. I know that there are some sensitivities and this will not apply to everyone but healthy eating habits start at home in you fridge and pantry. Toddlers can’t make good eating choices, it’s up to the parents to do that and instill in their heads.

      • Cannielle

        You are totally right. People were surprised to see my 20 Months old ate what we ate at our friends dinner party: brown rice, peas and carrots, beef. You just have to be firm and consistent.

  19. Samantha Morse

    Wow, this is great!! I’ve been missing tortillas since I’m eating Keto style, never even thought to use cabbage, wonderful thank you, I’m going to try this ASAP!

  20. Vi

    Looks sooooooo yummy!

  21. penny

    Corn tortillas are not bad for you, it is the sour cream in the chile sauce that’ll get you. Try Jane Butel’s authentic green chile sauce recipie instead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYKkwvTXfkk

  22. ella

    I make cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and beef 🙂 Easy way to soften the cabbage is to put whole head of cabbage in the freezer over night, take it out in the morning and leave in a bowl on the counter. After it is defrosted, the leaves come out very easy and they are very soft to work with.
    You can make it and freeze it, just take it out when you want to cook 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sounds good!! Thanks 🙂

    • Patti

      I’ll have to try that. The only problem I had making this was getting the leaves off without tearing them badly.

  23. Zosia

    My baby girl had a fit whenever there was a new food on the table. She would just push the plate of the table. So i got to the point where she is accepting food she doesnt want to eat on the table, i put it on her plate with something she likes and eats. If she doesnt want it (always) she has to touch it. I have her involved in cooking (of course whatever is save- washing veggies, cutting eith my help, puting the juicer)- whatever she has to do to touch it with her hand. Next step- will be touch it with the tongue and then just jopefully eat it.
    The other day i made the garbanzo beans (Lina’s receipe) and left them on the counter top, she got to them and started to eat. I pretended not to look and did nit make big circus about it but was happy.
    I guess consistency with trying diffrent approach, and as exhausting this is, u cannot give up and keep trying. It is hard but you have to expose your child to normal food and they say it takes around 14 times of trying to have your child to eat something before it actually will happen, you just have to hope , stuck to your guns and do your best.
    Also kids are changing. My older son used to love eat whatever we had and out of the blue- big no to many things he used to love to eat.
    Feeding in my house is definatly exhausting, but i keep trying. Good luck to all of you mamas 🙂

    • Fran

      Geez paraphrase. Be short and sweet!

    • Elsi

      Thanks Zosia! I thought I was the only one… This whole ‘good parenting’ thing isn’t for the weak!

  24. Bunny

    I read a food blog called orangette and there is a wonderful post written on 1/15/14 about feeding children. It is so beautifully written and so inspiring. I encourage everyone to read it. It may have you rethink your approach to food and kids.

  25. Jyothi

    Do you have any vegetarian recipe for like this.

  26. Swaan

    Made these for Mexican friends they were like…what the heck is this?? You don’t make this switch and expect it to taste Mexico! Lol..these are peasant Mexican dish…true flavor don’t compromise.

  27. Ann

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe…will be trying this week!

  28. markiesluv

    We are doing a cleanse of sorts so no cheese, sour cream or tortillas right now. We made our sauce with cottage cheese and greek yogurt. Added more spices too. Going in the oven as we speak!! Can’t wait to taste. Thanks for the recipe. We have used cabbage as lasagna leaves for years but never as tortillas. Thanks again

    • markiesluv

      Sorry meant to say we have used cabbage leaves as lasagna noodles. So excited thinking about dinner!!!

  29. Bird

    I just made this tonight for Cinco de Mayo and everyone loved it! So good!

  30. Lisa

    I made this last night. had no sour cream, subbed plain greek yogurt, worked well and I needed to use it up. for the sauce, put the chilis, stock, about 1/2 cup frozen corn (cuz I know I’m gonna miss the flavor of corn tortillas), and Tbsp of cornstarch in blender first, then cooked until thickened, removed from heat and added the yogurt. All that idea of rolling enchiladas went out the window when my kids were little, so I diced the cabbage and mixed it with the chix, cheese, cumin, and some black beans. Tossed all into lasagna pan, topped with sauce, more cheese, and baked. Hubby says we can add this to the list of things to make more regularly. If you’re in a hurry, just buy the green enchilada sauce in the can.

  31. Caren withaC

    Don’t know if anyone has mentioned it, but instead of heating the head of cabbage you can freeze it. Take the frozen head and thaw out in the frig. The leaves will easily peel away!

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