Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Mar. 03, 2023
Secret ingredient alert: A pinch of coffee crystals gives my jambalaya its roasty, toasty flavor. This quick and easy dinner is one of my husband’s top picks. —Betty Henagin, Medford, Oregon
Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey kielbasa, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Dash instant coffee granules


  1. Heat rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and green pepper; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in kielbasa, salt, garlic powder, pepper and, if desired, cayenne; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until kielbasa is browned.
  2. Add tomatoes, salsa and coffee granules; heat through. Stir in rice.

Can you freeze Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya?

Do not heat or add rice. Freeze cooled meat mixture in a freezer container. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat rice according to package directions. Place meat mixture in a large skillet; heat through, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Proceed as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 297 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1398mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.