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Crockpot Jambalaya

User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


This easy recipe can be adapted to your tastes by using all green peppers instead of celery. But celery, onions, and peppers are the holy trinity of Cajun flavors traditional to jambalaya. When I made it, I omitted the celery and added red and yellow bell peppers.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1/2 lb. andouille or spicy pork sausage, cut into pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1-3 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 lb. frozen fully cooked shrimp, thawed


In medium saucepan, cook sausage until some of the fat is rendered. Discard fat, and combine sausage with all ingredients except orzo and shrimp in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours until chicken is cooked through. Increase heat to HIGH. Stir in orzo, cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until orzo is tender. Add shrimp, stir, cover and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until shrimp is heated through.

If you have a new, hotter cooking crockpot check the dish after 5 hours on low. The pasta should cook in about the same time.

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 5 out of 5
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Looked at the recipe for Christmas day, but ended up making for New Years Eve.... what a hit! I have a large crock pot, so added more tomatoes, 1 1/2 lbs of sausage, 1 1/2 lbs of shrimp and a bit more orzo. Wonderful, wonderful, my family said it was one of the best meals of the year and definitely is now a holiday tradition. My husband asked for another batch to take out ice fishing with his buddies.

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