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Game Day Gumbo

Tailgating at Friday night high school games brings our children and friends together to share great food. Gumbo is a southern standard that definitely feeds our hungry crowd. —Heidi Jobe, Carrollton, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (3-3/4 quarts)


  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 package (13-1/2 ounces) smoked beef sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) jambalaya mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) dirty rice mix


  • In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until browned. Remove from pan.
  • In same pan, brown sausage over medium heat; remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Heat remaining butter in same pan over medium heat. Add carrots, celery and pepper; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in flour until blended; gradually stir in stock, water, tomatoes and rice mixes. Return chicken and sausage to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 433 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1385mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Buttercup-Diver
    Sep 6, 2019

    That is NOT a gumbo!!! Real gumbo DOES NOT have tomatoes!!! what did you use as a roux??? Also rice is cooked separate not together!!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Sep 6, 2019

    That is a lot of rice for Gumbo? Can't say I have ever seen tomatoes in Gumbo before. No trinity or roux. Not really sure what this is.

  • Carlen
    Jan 27, 2019

    This is not gumbo, sorry. Need a great dark roux. There are no tomatoes in authentic gumbo. Jambalaya, yes, gumbo, no. And the rice is separate, not incorporated in the soup (regardless of whether it is a mix or not).

  • mariac0215
    Feb 10, 2017

    Quick and easy! I have made it a few time and everyone likes it.

  • Toni
    Jan 14, 2017

    I have made this several times and my family loves it though it seems more the consistency of Jambalaya than gumbo. I add minced onions to mine. The first time I did it I read the recipe wrong and bought the box of red beans and rice instead of dirty rice. I generally double it for my family and since have used 1 dirty rice and 2 red beans and rice with 2 jambalaya. Today I was out of celery so will not use it. It is very easy to adapt.

  • cbzouzou
    Oct 21, 2016

    Good soup but definitely NOT gumbo. A real gumbo starts with a great roux.

  • grumpylady
    Feb 20, 2016

    I really enjoy this recipe in the winter especially. I agree, it does seem a little salty.. I use Andouille: Louisiana's famous, spicy, coarse-ground smoked pork sausage instead of the beef sausage. I expect the 2 boxed rice ingredients are high in salt. You can use more vegs if you want to offset the amount of rice you end up with.

  • jgbex1
    Oct 22, 2015

    It had a lot of flavor. I thought it was good.

  • Rellierae
    Sep 30, 2015

    Good but salty.

  • Corsair0977
    Sep 11, 2015

    Use okra and add seafood, cut back on the flour. Okra is a natural thickener.