Mexican Cabbage Soup

Mexican Cabbage Soup

23 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook

Based on a popular weight-loss plan, this healthy cabbage soup recipe gets tons of flavor and a metabolism-boosting kick from spicy chiles.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped poblano or green bell pepper
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups sliced cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans low-sodium pinto or black beans, rinsed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Crumbled queso fresco, nonfat plain Greek yogurt and/or diced avocado for garnish


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  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot (8-quart or larger) over medium heat. Add onions, carrot, celery, poblano (or bell pepper) and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Add cabbage; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 10 minutes more. Add tomato paste, chipotle, cumin and coriander; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  2. Add broth, water, beans and salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Serve garnished with cheese, yogurt and/or avocado, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 167 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 9 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 48 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 2,969 IU vitamin A; 47 mg vitamin C; 115 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 408 mg sodium; 624 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (78% daily value), Vitamin A (59% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2½ vegetable, ½ fat, ½ lean protein, ½ starch

Reviews 23

November 08, 2019
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By: georgesfamilynova
I never thought I would give something called Me I am Cabbage Soup 5 stars, but it is absolutely delicious not to mention healthy! I made it as is using 1 can of black beans and 1 can of pinto beans. Served with avocado on top. My carnivore husband loved it too. Adding to my favorite recipe folder!
November 05, 2019
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By: Greta
I doubled the cumin and coriander and added a tad more chipotle in adobe bc we love spice. I used homemade chicken broth (I have to control sodium for the hubby) and substituted my broth for the water in the recipe. Loved this. Will make again. My kids (athletes) think I should put chicken in it. I might do that. :)
August 04, 2019
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By: RaisinHell91
I increased the spices significantly and reduced the water a little bit for a richer, more flavorful soup. It is delicious and has quickly become a staple in my household.
May 06, 2019
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By: Sharon Hooper Guile
Good soup
May 04, 2019
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By: bob k.
Made it as is, plus heavy on the spices (not the salt!) and also added a whole can of peeled tomatoes. WOW!! What a great meal! Garnishes take it to a new level of tastiness...
March 19, 2019
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By: kathy
I halved this recipe (because there are two of us). I didn't use poblano/green bell pepper, chipotle chiles, or the cilantro. I also didn't add the extra water. What I used in place of the chiles was sriracha sauce. This one of the best soup recipes ever. No kidding. It was phenomenally delicious.
February 01, 2019
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By: Trina
Very good and healthy soup. I think next time I will half the ingredients. This is a lot of soup for 2 people. Also, on what planet is this done in 20 minutes? It takes about an hour and a half with all of the chopping. I love how healthy it is. I added 2-3 crumpled tortilla chips as garnish with the avocados.
January 26, 2019
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By: Kerrie Dallman
Easy and tasty, what more could you ask for!
December 29, 2018
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By: BarbaraL
delicious and easy to make, didn't have peppers used sriracha instead
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