Protein Cabbage Wraps

Protein Cabbage Wraps Recipe

July 17, 2019

My Protein Cabbage Wraps Recipe makes a fantastic, easy, lunch, and dinner recipe. The amount of beans can be adjusted to lower the carbs. The combination of the mango, lime, and green onion add a big burst of flavor.

Protein Cabbage Wraps Recipe

Recipe byAnnessa Chumbley, RD
Serves: 6, serving size: 1 cup
Prep time: 5 minutes; Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup ground beef, cooked and seasoned
  • 1 cup black canned beans, pinto beans, or kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1/4 red cabbage, peeled into 6 small cups
  • 1/3 cup diced mango and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion


  1. If your ground beef was precooked and stored in the refrigerator or freezer, give it a quick reheat: in a saucepan, add ground beef, salsa, and beans. Add a sprinkle of sea salt if needed. Cook on medium just until warmed, about 5 minutes.
  2. Scoop 1/3 of beef mixture into each cabbage cup. Divide the diced mango and sliced green onion among the cabbage cups, sprinkling it on top. Add lime zest and a squeeze of fresh lime to each. If you’re making a double batch, mix mango, green onion, and lime into a small bowl, then top each cabbage wrap. Enjoy!


  • If you are using plain ground beef that hasn’t been seasoned, then add a sprinkle of kosher salt, garlic powder, and dried oregano to the ground beef before mixing it into the beans and salsa.
  • If you’re taking this to lunch at work, keep the cabbage and mango salsa separate. Wait to heat the ground beef mixture until it’s lunch time, and the build the wraps there. This recipe transfers easily and does not get soggy – red cabbage holds up well!
  • Red cabbage makes an excellent “cup” for protein to fit into, but feel free to use lettuce as a wrap too!

Nutritional Info Per Serving

Calories 130; Carbohydrates 13.4 grams; Fat 4.6 grams, Protein 8.9 grams

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Annessa Chumbley, RD, is a bariatric dietitian and her website "Annessa Nutritionist" provides inspiring nutrition information to the bariatric community and general public. She enjoys getting the community healthy through nutrition segments on Indianapolis' FOX 59 Morning News, and 93.1 WIBC called "Power Up Your Week!", as well as a local healthy cooking show.

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