Ahhh. Crockpot Jambalaya. Savory, spicy, and earthy, Jambalaya is a soothing comfort food as Autumn approaches. Add in the freedom that crockpot cooking gives, and you can even call this recipe easy, kid-friendly, and time-saving!
This recipe was shared by AndreAnna of Primal Matriarch. I love AndreAnna’s story of hard-won weight-loss and regained health — all by switching to grain-free, real, primal foods. If you’re looking to make that sort of switch, or if you already have, you should visit her site for a wealth of inspiring, mouth-watering recipes. You’ll note that instead of rice, this jambalaya recipe uses shredded cauliflower to stay within AndreAnna’s primal diet. It also dramatically reduces the carbs!
This recipe is inspired by my husband’s cold. Nothing clears the sinuses quite like a spicy jambalaya and with Fall full on us here in the Midwest (and football on TV), I figured Sunday would be a perfect day to throw something spicy in the crockpot. This version is quite spicy but can be altered to your tastes by lowering the amount of hot sauce or using a less spicy sausage. I used this beautiful organic nitrate/hormone-free spicy Andouille I got from my local supermarket.
I also used four peppers – green, red, orange and yellow and cut them coarsely. They look so pretty and fresh!
The rest is easy! Here we go.
Crockpot Jambalaya: The Players
- 5 c. chicken broth (where to buy chicken broth)
- 4 peppers – any color you want, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large can of organic diced tomatoes (leave the juice)
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 2 bay leafs
- 1 lb large shrimp, raw and de-veined (where to find sustainably caught shrimp)
- 4 oz. chicken, diced
- 1 pkg spicy Andouille sausage
- 1/2-1 head of cauliflower
- 2 c. okra (optional)
- 3 tbsp Cajun Seasoning* (see below for how-to or use your own)
- 1/4 c. Frank’s Red Hot (or hot sauce of your choice)
Crockpot Jambalaya: The How-To
1) Put the chopped peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, chicken, cajun seasoning, Red Hot, and bay leafs in the crockpot with the chicken stock. As you can see, I grabbed a container of my homemade stock directly from the freezer and threw it in. Set on low for 6 hours.
(Here it is almost melted! House already smelled amazing at this point!)
2) About 30 minutes before it’s finished, toss in the cut up sausages.
3) While this is cooking quickly make cauliflower rice by pulsing raw cauliflower in the food processor until it resembles rice.
4) For the last 20 minutes, add in the cauliflower rice and the raw shrimp. Note: You can choose to quickly steam the cauliflower rice in the microwave and serve the jambalaya OVER it as well.
5) Enjoy clear sinuses!!
*How to Make Your Own Cajun Seasoning (from Emeril!):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Yields about 2/3 c.