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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya, with chucks of chicken and andouille sausage and lots of shrimp, is a super flavorful one dish meal. Since Mardi Gras is just around the corner, my belly has been craving all those wonderful New Orleans foods.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya in a bowl.

It’s a southern favorite that does really well in a slow cooker.

I’m especially excited about Mardi Gras this year because guess what??!!

I’m going!!

(Note: This post was originally published January 9,2017.)

I haven’t been to Mardi Gras since I was a student at Tulane University and that was over 20 years ago. It’s going to be so much fun.

Jambalaya is one of my favorite foods from New Orleans. I love making this Crawfish Jambalaya, but for years I’ve been wanting to try a Slow Cooker Jambalaya. This was my first attempt, and I was really happy with how it turned out.

Jambalaya in a slow cooker.

This Jambalaya has so many layers of flavors.

For some tomato flavor (I like a tomato-y Jambalaya), I used both diced tomatoes and tomato paste. For the liquid, I used a can of beef broth.  You could use chicken broth instead, but I like the deeper flavor that beef broth has.

For flavoring, I of course started with the Holy Trinity– onion, green pepper, and celery. Then I added garlic, bay leaves, oregano, basil, Cajun seasoning, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire to round out the flavors.

Recipe Tips

To prevent a mushy mess, I cooked the rice separately but used the cooking liquid from the crock pot to cook it in so that the rice soaked up all that flavor that had been simmering away in the crock pot.

Don’t overcook the shrimp. The shrimp only need to go in the slow cooker for the last 30 minutes. Overcooked shrimp have a rubbery texture.

What Size Slow Cooker To Use?

A 6-quart slow cooker is the perfect size, but a slightly larger one will work too.

How Many People Does It Serve?

This recipe makes a big crock pot full of Jambalaya. Six very large servings or if you serve it with plenty of bread and maybe a salad, you could probably stretch it to 10.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya in a blue bowl.

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Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. Shrimp are highly perishable and I really don’t like to keep them for longer than 3 days.

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Watch the short video below to see how to make Slow Cooker Jambalaya.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya, with chucks of chicken and andouille sausage and lots of shrimp, is a super flavorful one dish meal.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 4 hours 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings


  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can 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 Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage or use kielbasa, cut into slices
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Combine 1st 12 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cookerand stir to combine.
  • Add onion, green pepper, celery, garlic, sausage, and chicken. Stir to combine.
  • Cover crock pot and cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours.
  • 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.
  • Return all solids to crock pot. Stir in parsley and shrimp. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring the 3 cups of liquid to a boil. Stir in rice and cook according to package directions.
  • Add cooked rice to slow cooker and mix in. Serve.


I tried to keep the ingredient list fairly reasonable. For extra flavor, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme and/or 1/2 teaspoon white pepper.


Calories: 575kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Andouille sausage, cajun, rice, shrimp

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Originally published January 9, 2017.

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110 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Jambalaya”

  1. All the required ingredients for a true Creole jambalaya, although I would go heavier on the Worcestershire and add a small amount of white pepper and a hint of thyme.

  2. Wow! This is a fail proof recipe! I cooked it exactly to the letter ( except I forgot to add the shrimp after scooping over to the rice), using a food processor to help chop the veggies! Added salt to taste at the end.
    I love the idea of cooking the rice separately. I used a slotted spoon to add the cooked sausage and tomato mixture to the rice.
    A great crowd pleaser and lots of compliments! This will be in my menu rotation for sure!

  3. Delicious!! My Husband has been wanting me to try and make Jambalaya since he went to Louisiana for a work trip. I have been nervous to attempt it until I found this recipe. He loved it!!

  4. Eugene c kirschbaum

    your recipes looks very good.I was a chef for 12 years.glad to see you haves alot very good recipes.thank you Eugene c kirschbaum

  5. My family is from Louisiana and I have been making Jambalaya for years. I was told by my husband and sister that this was the best they have ever tasted. The crockpot makes it super easy and foolproof. I love the idea of cooking the rice separately. This is my new go to recipe.

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