Comforting Ground Beef and Cabbage Hot Pot Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen! I’m excited to share this delicious Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot recipe with you. As a chef who specializes in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I’ve always been drawn to recipes that are full of bold flavors and easy to prepare. This particular recipe ticks all the boxes – it’s hearty, flavorful, comforting, and perfect for feeding a crowd.

When I first tasted this hot pot recipe, I knew right away that it was a keeper. It’s a classic combination of ground beef, rice, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic and chicken broth, that is flavored with ketchup and bay leaves. The result is a dish that has a deep umami flavor profile with just the right amount of sweetness from the ketchup.

Perfect for those cooler nights when you need some warmth and sustenance, this hot pot recipe is effortless to cook and makes for an excellent weeknight meal or an everyday lunch option. Whether served steaming straight off the stove or reheated as leftovers for the next day’s lunch, this dish is one that will constantly leave you satisfied.

So join me on this culinary journey as we dive into cooking up some of the best cabbage hot pot dishes that you’ll ever taste!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot
Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot

Are you looking for a hot and hearty meal that’s packed with flavor? Look no further than this Ground Beef, Rice, and Cabbage Hot Pot recipe.

This dish is the perfect blend of meaty, savory, and slightly tangy flavors. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile and can easily be adapted to suit your individual tastes. Whether you’re cooking for a family or hosting a dinner party, this recipe is sure to impress.

One of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can create a mouth-watering meal in no time. And if you’re short on time or prefer a hands-off approach, you can easily adapt this recipe for your slow cooker or Instant Pot.

Not only is this Ground Beef, Rice, and Cabbage Hot Pot delicious and easy to make, but it’s also incredibly satisfying. Each serving is packed with protein and veggies, making it a nutritious and filling meal option. Plus, the leftovers are just as delicious (if not better) the next day!

So why should you give this recipe a try? Because it’s an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing dish that’s hearty, flavorful, and satisfying. It’s perfect to warm up on cold evenings or to satisfy hunger pangs after a long day at work. Trust me – once you try this recipe, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Ingredient List

 A warm hug in a bowl.
A warm hug in a bowl.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot recipe:

Main ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 medium head of cabbage
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped

Vegetables and Spices

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper

This recipe requires vegetables and spices including carrots, frozen corn kernels, bay leaf, dried thyme, and salt and black pepper as well. Make sure you have everything on hand before starting the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A party of flavors for your palate.
A party of flavors for your palate.

Let’s get to the good stuff, here’s how you can make this delicious and satisfying Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot Recipe.


The first step is to prepare all of your ingredients. You will need:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup of long-grain white rice
  • 1 small head of cabbage, chopped or shredded
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups of finely chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Step-by-step instructions

Now that you have everything ready, it’s time to start cooking!

Step 1: Cook the ground beef

In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat and set aside.

Step 2: Sauté the onions and garlic

Using the same pot, add the finely chopped onions and sauté for about three minutes, then add the minced garlic and continue sautéing for another minute or until fragrant.

Step 3: Add remaining ingredients

Mix in the chopped or shredded cabbage into the pot. Add in the cooked ground beef, chicken broth, frozen corn kernels, finely chopped carrots, ketchup, and dried thyme. Stir well until combined.

Step 4: Cook rice separately

In a separate pot, cook the white rice according to package directions. Once done, fluff it with a fork.

Step 5: Combine

Add the cooked rice to the pot with the hot pot mixture. Stir everything together until well combined. Continue to cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until the cabbage is tender and the flavors have melded together.

Step 6: Serve

Ladle the Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot into bowls or large mugs, add a dash of black pepper and serve hot.


  • This recipe makes about 8-10 servings. Perfect for meal prep or feeding a crowd.
  • You can customize this dish by adding your favorite veggies such as bell peppers or green beans.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Now that you know how to make this hearty and delicious hot pot recipe, go ahead and give it a try! Trust me; it will soon become one of your favorite comfort foods.

Substitutions and Variations

 A colorful and comforting hot pot recipe.
A colorful and comforting hot pot recipe.

There are a variety of substitutions and variations that you can make to customize this Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot recipe to your liking. Here are some ideas:

– Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or chicken to make this dish lighter and healthier. You could also use vegetarian crumbles for a meatless version of the dish.

– Instead of white rice, try brown rice or quinoa for added fiber and nutrients.

– You can use different types of cabbage like red cabbage or savoy cabbage for different flavor profiles.

– Add in other vegetables like sliced bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms for extra texture and nutrients.

– If you don’t have ketchup on hand, try using tomato paste or diced tomatoes instead.

– Change up the spices by adding cumin or paprika for a more smoky flavor or curry powder for an Asian inspired twist.

– For a creamier version of the hot pot, stir in some heavy cream or sour cream at the end.

Whatever substitutions and variations you choose, this Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot recipe is versatile enough to accommodate any changes. Experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect dish.

Serving and Pairing

 Meat, veggies and rice - the perfect trio for a delicious meal.
Meat, veggies and rice – the perfect trio for a delicious meal.

Now that you have cooked your delicious Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot, it’s time to think about serving and pairing it with the right accompaniments. This hearty dish sits well in the stomach and will leave you feeling full and satisfied, making it a great meal for lunch or dinner.

You can serve this hot pot as is or pair it with some crusty bread or a side salad to add some crunch and freshness to this comforting dish. The bread can be used to mop up any soup left in the pot, while the salad can be used to add some extra nutritional value to your meal.

If you’re looking for a more substantial pairing, consider adding some chicken wings marinated in lime juice and soy sauce on the side. The tangy citrus flavor of the chicken works perfectly with the savory flavors of the hot pot, creating a nice balance.

For beverages, I recommend pairing the hot pot with tea or rice wine. The tea’s earthy notes complement the hot pot’s warm flavors perfectly while rice wine cuts through its richness.

Whether you choose to serve this hot pot on its own or pair it with other dishes, you’re sure to enjoy its comforting flavors and satisfying texture. So go ahead and indulge yourself in this delicious Vietnamese-inspired dish!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A sensory explosion in every bite.
A sensory explosion in every bite.

Alright, let’s talk about the Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating options for this delicious Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot. One of the greatest things about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for any day of the week when you need a quick and satisfying meal.

If you want to make this dish ahead of time, simply cook it as instructed and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When you’re ready to serve, you can reheat it on the stovetop in a pot over medium heat or in the microwave until hot.

Now let’s say you have leftovers but don’t plan on eating them within the next few days. No problem! You can easily freeze the hot pot in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Just be sure to label the container with the date so you can keep track of how long it’s been in there.

When reheating from frozen, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating using a microwave or stovetop method. If reheating on your stove top, remember to stir occasionally to ensure even heating throughout the dish.

If you find that your hot pot is a bit dry after reheating, simply add a small splash of chicken broth or water to moisten it back up. And if you’re looking for some extra flavor, feel free to add more salt and black pepper to taste.

This Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating option makes your life easier by allowing for flexibility in meal planning and saving those precious minutes needed to get dinner on the table during hectic workweeks. So go ahead and give this recipe a try – you’ll have a delicious meal ready whenever you need it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A Vietnamese-inspired dish that will warm your heart.
A Vietnamese-inspired dish that will warm your heart.

The Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot Recipe is one of my favorite comfort dishes. Being a Vietnamese chef specializing in Asian cuisine, I have learned some secrets to make this dish even more flavorful and delicious. Here are some tips for perfect results:

Firstly, use long-grain white rice for the recipe as it tends to be less sticky and fluffier compared to short-grain or medium-grain rice. Rinse the rice thoroughly before cooking to remove any excess starch.

Secondly, sauté the onions and garlic before adding the ground beef to achieve a deeper flavor. This also increases the aroma of your dish.

Thirdly, add bay leaf and dried thyme when cooking the ground beef. These herbs work well together and give a subtle depth of flavor to your dish.

For the cabbage, thinly slice them as you would in Vietnamese cuisine. This will ensure that the cabbage cooks evenly with all other ingredients.

Seasoning is crucial in this recipe – add enough salt and black pepper to taste, but be careful not to overpower other flavors.

Lastly, let the hot pot rest for at least 10 minutes after removing it from heat. This will help all the flavors meld together and prevent it from being soupy.

Follow these tips, and I guarantee that you will achieve perfect results in making this hot pot dish!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this ground beef, rice, and cabbage hot pot recipe is an absolute must-try for anyone who loves hearty and flavorful meals. It’s easy to make, versatile, and can be customized based on your preferences. With the perfect balance of spices and ingredients such as bay leaf, dried thyme, garlic, and onion to create a savory broth that pairs perfectly with tender ground beef along with seasoned long-grain white rice and crunchy cabbage.

Whether you are cooking for one or a large family gathering, this recipe will satisfy your cravings and make you feel warm and cozy inside. Moreover, it can be made in various cooking methods – slow cooker, instant pot or crock pot making it possible to enjoy anytime without compromising the quality of the dish.

By following my tips and recommendations such as using lean ground beef, adding carrots or frozen corn kernels for extra nutrition boost, or substituting ketchup with tomato paste – all these small tweaks can improve the flavors and bring out more aroma making it even more tempting.

So what are you waiting for? Gather up your ingredients and give this recipe a try. You’ll be amazed at the results! And who knows? This may even become your new favorite meal that you’ll turn to again and again.

Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot

Ground Beef, Rice and Cabbage Hot Pot Recipe

Easy, filling and perfect for a winter's day.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 662.8 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 cups finely chopped/shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt


  • In large skillet, brown ground beef and onion, till meat is brown and onion is tender, stirring frequently.
  • Drain.
  • Transfer meat mixture to crockpot.
  • Add all remaining ingredients.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and cook on LOW setting 5 1/2 to 6 hours.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 805gCalories: 662.8kcalCarbohydrates: 84.3gProtein: 37.7gFat: 20.6gSaturated Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 77.1mgSodium: 1569mgFiber: 6.5gSugar: 12.8g
Keyword Easy, Free Of..., Healthy, Kosher, Long-Grain Rice, Low Cholesterol, Lunch, Meat, Oven, Potluck, Rice, Vegetable, Weeknight, White Rice
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