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Don Fausto Cabbage Stew Recipe
Don Fausto Cabbage Stew Recipe

The Don Fausto cabbage stew is an ancient recipe with meat and cabbage, simple, hearty, and quick to prepare, probably of Spanish influence and Arab origins.

How to make Chilean Don Fausto Stew?

The basic recipe remains the same, even though you can incorporate and/or modify the meat with sausages and chorizos in the preparation, adjusting the cooking times.”

Nutritional Information

Category: Home Stews
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Don Fausto Cabbage Stew recipe


  • 300 g beef chuck
  • 250 ml hot water
  • 1 beef broth cube
  • 1 medium cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 sausage (optional)
  • ½ onion
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cut the beef chuck into elongated pieces. Wash the cabbage, remove the thick stems, and cut into strips. Chop the onion into small cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add a splash of oil, heat over high heat, add the chopped onion, sauté, and stir until it becomes transparent.
  3. Add the minced meat, chopped sausage (optional), oregano, and cumin, stir everything and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes to infuse aromas and flavors. Add the chopped parsley and cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Dissolve the beef broth cube in hot water, making sure there are no lumps, and add it to the preparation. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and integrate everything by stirring with a wooden spoon.
  5. Cover the chopped cabbage, cover the pot, reduce the heat to a minimum, and cook for about 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are cooked and tender. Turn off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
  6. Serve the Don Fausto stew immediately, piping hot, alone or accompanied by rice, golden potatoes, or french fries.

Why is it called “Don Fausto” stew?

Originally, Don Fausto was a comic strip called “Bringing up father,” created in 1913 in the United States by the Englishman George McManus. It narrated the story of immigrant couple Jiggs and Mary, who arrive in the United States to make a fortune.

Did you know?

The comic strip arrived in Chile in 1922 to be published in the newspaper El Mercurio, adapting its name to “Amenidades del diario vivir.” The main characters became Don Fausto and Crisanta, while Don Fausto’s favorite food was, of course, the meat and cabbage stew that originated this story, consumed this time in his favorite restaurant, “El Mono.”


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