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Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe

Forgotten Jambalaya Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2017

"I lived in Baton Rouge, and I can honestly say that this is pretty good. Deddmen you can keep your real Jambalaya. You don't see me getting mad at non Hispanic restaurants for making Tacos."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2017

"Calm Down, deddmen; you'll get your pressure up. ;0) There are all kinds of tastes; all types of cooks. This is a good crockpot gumbo-like dish ... works great for weeknights. Maybe sometime we can go down to Louisiana and enjoy real Jambalaya. This is fine for what it is."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2017

"This Is Not Jambalaya!! This is some kind of sauce served Over Rice!

With Real, Actual, Cajun Jambalaya; the Rice is cooked in with all of the other ingredients!! That way the flavor is In the rice Not Sitting On Top Of It!! I can't believe the other reviewers liked this recipe!!! They Must have been from up north or someplace where cooking with spice is a Novelty Thing! Come down south to the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales, Louisiana one year and you'll taste REAL JAMBALAYA!!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

"Tasty. Did not have any shrimp so I skipped out of this ingredient and dish was still tasty!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"My family loves it!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2017

"This is the most wonderful recipe for jambalaya I've ever seen! I followed the recipe exactly (except I forgot the hot sauce). I left for a short shift at work and when I came home, 5 hours later, the whole house smelled heavenly. Thank you for the deliciousness!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017 Edited Apr. 22, 2017

"A wonderful recipe! I was short on time and made this in my Instant Pot. Served over brown rice. It turned out great! Definitely will fix this again and sharing with foodie friends! Second time: Again, in the Instant Pot. This time I sauted the onion, green pepper, celery for a few minutes then added spices and garlic and cooked about a minute, then added chicken and sausage stirred a bit, then added all the other ingredients. Then cooked on the slow cooker setting for 2-1/2 hours, added shrimp and cooked another half hour. I love this recipe. So easy."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Made this with some super spicy sausage, so cut back on the hot sauce just a little. Tasted great not "crock pot like" at all!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2017

"Delicious!! We have to watch our sodium, so I made a few changes. Sodium free chicken broth, no salt added tomatoes, 1/4# smoked sausage, used no-sodium salt. Cut the sodium content in half. Absolutely delicious!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"Been making a similar dish for years. It may not be the authentic way but it sure works for me. Always a winner!"

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