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Shortcut Sausage Jambalaya

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Add tomatoes, salsa and coffee granules; heat through. Stir in rice.
    Freeze option: 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.

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  • bjrandall
    Aug 16, 2020

    This is really good. I've made it several times and always serve it with a thick slice of garlic bread. For a little more spice, I use medium salsa. That dash of instant coffee granules doesn't seem enough so I use at least 1/2 teaspoon. Delicious!

  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Jul 28, 2019

    Quick, easy and tastes pretty good!

  • sheocon
    Apr 20, 2018

    I seldom review a recipe, but this was so good and so easy that I had to give it five stars. I made it with medium salsa and exactly as written, with the exception of adding some cooked shrimp at the "heat through" step. My SO had not one, not two, but three helpings, which is totally out of character. This recipe is going to be made many, many times.

  • linlo62
    Oct 31, 2017

    Made this many times and have made some adjustments for our tastes: add a can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained; sub a can of Rotel w/chilis instead of tomatoes; add a red pepper and a little more celery. This recipe is very forgiving and freezes well.

  • linlo62
    Oct 31, 2017

    Made this many times and have made some adjustments for our tastes: add a can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained; sub a can of Rotel w/chilis instead of tomatoes; add a red pepper and a little more celery. This recipe is very forgiving and freezes well.

  • Susan97537
    Mar 1, 2017

    Sounds AWESOME. Going to make soon. Thanks Betty! Of course you and I are almost neighbors... Rogue River here.

  • Beema
    Jan 10, 2015

    This is my kind of recipe. As a field editor, I loved how quickly it come together, the use of packaged rice and the use of coffee to tone down the sweet of the tomatoes and to add a deeper flavor, but since we like ours just a bit juicier, I added cold brewed coffee instead of the instant granules, with the same success. I also used both red and green peppers for added color. Another favorite has been added to my list.