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Crock Pot Jambalaya – A Classic Fat Tuesday Recipe Made Easy!

Now that Mardi Gras season is here it is time to share our favorite Crock Pot Jambalaya recipe.

bowl of jambalaya
Jambalaya with chicken, sausage and shrimp. A classic New Orleans recipe.

Although we make Jambalaya for dinner several times throughout the year, we always make it as part or Fat Tuesday celebration. There is nothing like enjoying the vibrant flavors of classic New Orleans inspired meals, especially in the middle of winter.

The warmth of traditional Creole and Cajun cooking simply warms your body from the inside out. Although both types of dishes can be made with different levels of heat, Cajun seasoning blends are typically a little spicer than Creole seasoning.

However, the real difference between the two different types of dishes has nothing to do with the seasoning used at all. It actually depends if the recipe calls for the addition of a tomato product or not.

Creole recipes traditionally include diced tomatoes or other tomato products where Cajun cooking does not. So for this Crock Pot Jambalaya recipe, you could refer to it as Creole Jambalaya because we add fire roasted tomatoes to the mix.

Regardless of what you call it, it is absolutely delicious. And this holds true for many other recipes that you can find in New Orleans.

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creole seasoning
Creole seasoning is traditionally not very spicy. However, there is an option of you like your jambalaya a little more on the spicy side.

Crock Pot Jambalaya

Ingredients

  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • Beef broth
  • Tomato paste
  • Bay leaves
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Creole Seasoning
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Onion, diced
  • Green bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Andouille sausage
  • Chicken thighs
  • Shrimp
  • White rice
holy trinity
Like many New Orleans recipes, jambalaya starts with the holy trinity of ingredients: onions, peppers and celery.

Instructions

First, in a 6 quart crock pot add all of the Jambalaya ingredients listed above in the left column, from diced tomatoes to black pepper, and stir.

Then dice the holy trinity ingredients which include onion, green pepper and celery. Now add those vegetables to the crock pot along with the garlic.

The next step is to cut the andouille sausage and chicken into bite size sections, about 1/2 inches thick. Then add the meat to the other ingredients and stir to combine.

Cover the crock pot and cook on LOW heat for 6-7 hours, or HIGH heat for 3-4 hours.

uncooked crock pot jambalaya
Add all the ingredients in a large crock pot, except the shrimp and rice.

Cook the Rice

Although you can cook white rice in water or chicken broth, we have a more flavorful way to make it for this recipe. We are going to use the Jambalaya broth in the crock pot to cook the rice instead.

To do this set a large strainer over a large bowl and pour about 75% of liquid from the crock pot through the strainer.

You should end up with about 2- 3 cups of liquid. Add enough water to the Jambalaya broth to make the full 3 cups of liquid required to cook the rice on the stove. However, if you are making Rice In the Instant Pot, you only need 1 1/2 cups of liquid.

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While you are cooking the rice, add the shrimp to the crock pot. It is okay to add frozen shrimp as it cooks so quickly.

Once you have your liquid, return all solids from the strainer back into the crock pot. However, be sure some of the liquid remains in the crock pot to prevent burning. Now it is time to stir in the parsley and shrimp.

Cover the crock pot and cook on LOW for 30 minutes so the shrimp has time to cook. Meanwhile cook the white rice with your preferred cooking method.

Once the rice is cooked, add it to the crock pot and stir the Jambalaya until all the ingredients are well incorporated and serve immediately.

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The Best Crock Pot Jambalaya Recipe

slow cooker jambalaya

Ingredients

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, cut into slices
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch bite size pieces
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails removed
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice

Instructions

  1. Add the first 12 ingredients (from diced tomatoes - black pepper) in a 6-quart slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Add onion, green pepper, celery, garlic, sausage, and chicken. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover the crock pot and cook on LOW 6-7 hours, or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  4. Set a larger strainer/sieve over a large bowl and pour about 75% of liquid in the crock pot through strainer. You should have about 3 cups to cook the rice in. Add water to get 3 cups if necessary.
  5. Return all solids to crock pot with a little liquid. Stir in parsley and shrimp. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, bring the 3 cups of liquid to a boil. Stir in rice and cook according to package directions.
  7. Add cooked rice to slow cooker and mix in. Serve.

Notes

It is easy to make your own creole seasoning, but if you are looking for a short cut, we recommend Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning. And if like it extra spicy, there is even a Spicier Creole Seasoning.

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

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