Apparently, I make a pretty mean Jambalaya. Sure, maybe it’s not “pin-worthy” because I searched recipes on Pinterest and I saw some amazing photos. But I wonder…are they just pretty, or do they taste great? My food doesn’t always look pretty, but for goodness sakes, I have people knocking at my door asking if I made that Jambalaya again. That’s all that matters to me. Their plate may look better, but looks don’t matter when it comes to the pallet. This Jambalaya right here? It’s a crowd pleaser, pretty or not. I win the football party food war, and in fact, I should win the internet for this recipe!
I took a combination of recipes I found online, tweaked to lower the sodium and make it in my Crock Pot so it would be a no-fuss recipe. It’s actually easy to make and using a slow cooker reduces how much prep work you’ll need to do.
Crock Pot Loaded Jambalaya Ingredients:
- 1 lb cooked chicken (You can boil it or buy it precooked.)
- 1 lb cooked turkey sausage
- 1 lb cooked salad shrimp (I use frozen.)
- 2 cups white rice
- 14 oz low sodium chicken broth
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1 bay leaf (fresh or dried)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp low sodium Worcestershire sauce
Preparation and Cooking Instructions:
- Pour the chicken broth in the Crock Pot.
- Stir in all of the spices, the bay leaf, and the Worcestershire sauce.
- Chop all of your vegetables and put them in the pot.
- Cut your chicken and sausage in to bite-sized pieces and put them in with the broth and vegetables.
- Add the shrimp.
- Stir in the rice.
- Simmer on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
This one-pot wonder is perfect for fall and is a huge crowd pleaser. It’s packed with protein and veggies, and since you have rice in the dish, there’s no reason to serve anything on the side. The prep time is a little longer than other Crock Pot recipes, but every extra second is worth it in the end. Pin-worthy or not, this is one recipe you’re going to want to try!
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