Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe
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Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe

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During chilly months, I fix this jambalaya at least once a month. It’s so easy…just chop the vegetables, dump everything in the slow cooker and forget it! Even my sons, who are picky about spicy things, like this dish.—Cindi Coss, Coppell, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef or chicken broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Stir in the celery, green peppers, onion, garlic and seasonings. Stir in chicken and sausage.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook 15-30 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled stew in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.
    Yield: 11 servings.
Originally published as Forgotten Jambalaya in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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kjh34 User ID: 7299128 255668
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"This recipe is one of my favorite weeknight meals! It is simple but packed full of flavor and hearty! I usually add about 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning to it as well just to add an extra kick. I recommend this recipe and have shared it multiple times! Definitely a keeper!"

shawnba User ID: 2581969 249943
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"Wow!! This was great!! I used a spicy andouille sausage, so decreased the cayenne pepper a little, otherwise followed the directions exactly, and it was fantastic. Will definitely make this again"

i43sandy User ID: 8850230 247794
Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"I made this and it was AWESOME!!! It was super easy to prepare, had good flavor and was just spicy enough. I didn't add the chicken or shrimp - I used smoked sausage and kielbasa. I added more chicken stock - just enough to cover it! I will be repeating this recipe for years to come!!!"

qitty User ID: 8447863 241669
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"My family LOVES this. I have to double the recipe, and it helps the diabetic's blood sugar, too. You can chop ahead and freeze the onion, celery and green peppers, and use prepared minced garlic (1 clove = 1 gently rounded teaspoon.) Freezes and reheats a treat."

MY REVIEW User ID: 8040174 240751
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"Absolutely love it!"

AKB62 User ID: 5577602 233314
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"Made it for a family gathering and it was a big hit!"

0910l0v3 User ID: 6655167 232647
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"I'cve made this. It is easy, quick and very tasty."

RREnglish User ID: 8193493 230575
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Quick and easy; Basic recipe easy to adapt."

REHT User ID: 6539116 218305
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"This is a good basic Jambalaya recipe. All of the core ingredients are here, however the cayenne and hot pepper just make it hot. vs. a balanced blend of flavors with the other herbs. In order to supplement the flavor, we cut back on the salt and added Worcestershire. Made this due to the convenience of the slow cooker, however time permitting I would use my old stand by southern Jambalaya recipe in the future."

rkd6 User ID: 846005 102849
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"This has to be the worst recipe ever! What a waste of good food in a poorly contrived meal. Is there a way to get my money back for all the fresh shrimp I wasted? Going back to the real recipes of the south!"

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