Kielbasa Cabbage Burrito

Kielbasa Cabbage BurritosYum!

…..a kielbasa cabbage burrito.  Not only are these burritos super delicious, they are also really easy to make.  I just love having these for dinner.  Make it a paper plate night and eat on your TV trays.

My sister-in-law, Vilmaris, made these for us several years ago and I still make them on a regular basis.  Although she made them as an appetizer  on a smaller flour tortilla, I’ve made them since using a large flour tortilla and we have them for the main meal.  Nothing like a complete meal in a neat little package.Call to Action

I know, kielbasa is a Polish sausage and the the burrito comes from Mexico.  Well, who cares?  Let’s add a little diversity in our meals.  I am 1/2 Polish and grew up with many Polish dishes, but I must be part Mexican, Asian, Indian, etc., etc. because I love it all!

Kielbasa can be fresh or smoked.  In this recipe, I used the smoked kielbasa and is probably what most people are used to finding in their grocery stores.  If you’re not familiar with it, you’ll find it with the pre-packaged sausages, near the hotdogs.

If you can’t find kielbasa, try it with chorizo sausage or even a hot Italian sausage.  But the smokey, garlicky taste of the kielbasa would be my recommendation.

Kielbasa Cabbage Burrito | Recipe

  • 1 small head of cabbage
  • few sprigs of cilantro (or 3-4 leaves of culantro)
  • 4-5 green onions (scallions)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • 4-5 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pkg (14-16 oz.) kielbasa
  • 5-6 large flour tortillas

Kielbasa burrito ingred

Slice cabbage very thin as if you’re making coleslaw.  Put sliced cabbage in medium to large bowl.

Sliced Cabbage

Chop cilantro and green onions.  Add to bowl with cabbage.  (I find it easier to use scissors instead of chopping…to each their own.)  (Also, if you’re using culantro, I like to trim the spiny sides of the leaves with scissors.  Don’t know if that’s necessary, but I do it.)

Chop gr onion and cilantro

Using a garlic press, press garlic cloves into your bowl.  (If you don’t have a garlic press, just try to chop it as tiny as you can.)

garlic press

Cut lime in half and squeeze both halves into your bowl making sure no lime seeds fall into bowl.  Maybe try wrapping each half lime with cheese cloth.

Add olive oil, sugar, and salt & pepper to bowl and toss to thoroughly combine all ingredients.

ingred in bowl

Set bowl aside to marinate.  The lime juice will soften the cabbage almost as though you cooked it first.

tossed cabbage

In the mean time, chop the kielbasa by cutting each piece in half and then half again lengthwise, then chopping into smaller, bite size pieces.  I find when I chop it small like this, it’s easier to get a little kielbasa in each bite.  But if you’d rather have larger pieces to avoid chopping, that’s good, too.

chopped kielbasa

Put the chopped kielbasa in a frying pan and brown.  Since we’re using smoked kielbasa, we don’t have to worry about cooking thoroughly.  It’s already cooked.  But getting it to brown really brings out the great flavor.

kielbasa in pan

Once it’s browned, drain off excess grease and dump kielbasa pieces onto a paper towel to absorb more grease.

tortilla in panNow, I like to lightly toast the flour tortillas in a dry non-stick frying pan.  It adds a nice little crunch.  My Green ceramic frying pan works the best for this.

If you do decide to toast them, just watch that you don’t get them too crisp because they will break when you try to fold it.   If you’d rather just use the flour tortilla as is, that’s good too.

Since it’s just my husband and myself, he starts making his while I toast my tortillas.  If you’re making for more people, you might want to get a few toasted and stacked before you call everyone in to assemble their own.

assemble burrito

Using tongs, grab some marinated cabbage from the bowl and put on top of burrito.  Sprinkle some kielbasa on top of cabbage, fold up flour tortilla and dig in.

Kielbasa Cabbage Burritos

Yes, this is one meal that the cook is the last one to eat.  Maybe someone else will do the clean up.

Well, I hope your family likes these kielbasa cabbage burritos as much as we do.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think or if you’ve made some creative burritos.

Enjoy!

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