Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana dish that can be made with just about any type of meat or seafood. And because it’s made in a slow cooker, it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. This version is made with, andouille sausage, rice, chicken broth, onion, red pepper, and so much more!
What is Jambalaya?
Jambalaya is a one-pot rice dish that’s traditionally made with meat and/or seafood, vegetables, and rice. It’s similar to paella, but the ingredients are cooked in a spiced tomato broth instead of being cooked in olive oil.
Why You’ll Love Jambalaya in the Slow Cooker
Jambalaya is the perfect meal for busy weeknights because it can be made in a slow cooker. Just add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning and let it do its thing. By dinner time, you’ll have a delicious, hearty meal that’s ready to eat!
What ingredients are needed to make Slow Cooker Jambalaya?
- andouille sausage sliced
- chicken broth
- red pepper diced
- diced tomatoes and chilies
- green chilies
- minced garlic
- Tony’s Chachere’s Cajun seasoning
How to Make Jambalaya in the Slow Cooker
1. Combine all the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir.
2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours until rice is fully cooked.
How to Store Jambalaya
Jambalaya can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to six months.
To reheat, simply add jambalaya to a pot on the stove over medium heat and cook until heated through. You may need to add a splash of water or broth to loosen it up.
You can also reheat jambalaya in the microwave, but it will be much drier than if you reheat it on the stove.
Jambalaya in the Slow Cooker FAQs
Can I make jambalaya ahead of time?
Yes! Jambalaya actually gets better as the flavors have time to meld, so it’s a great dish to make ahead.
Can I make this jambalaya recipe gluten-free?
Yes! To make this jambalaya recipe gluten-free, simply use gluten-free andouille sausage.
Can I make this jambalaya recipe vegan?
Yes! To make this jambalaya recipe vegan, simply omit the sausage and use extra vegetables like diced bell peppers, celery, and/or corn. You could also add some chopped tofu for protein.
Variation Options for Jambalaya in the Slow Cooker
While this particular recipe is made with andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp, you can really use any type of meat or seafood that you’d like. Some other great options include:
- chicken and sausage
- sausage and shrimp
- chicken and shrimp
- beef and sausage
- beef and shrimp
- vegetarian (no meat/seafood)
What to Serve with Jambalaya:
Jambalaya is a complete meal on its own, but if you’d like to round it out with a few side dishes, here are some great options:
- collard greens
- cornbread or try my Rustic Bread
- green salad
- mac and cheese
- Caesar salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Baked sweet potato
Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana dish that can be made with just about any type of meat or seafood. And because it’s made in a slow cooker, it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. Do you plan on making this dish?
More Hearty Meals:
- Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
- The Best Southern Ham and Beans Recipe
- Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
- Instant Pot Chili Recipe
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
- 1 package of andouille sausage sliced
- 2 cups rice
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 onion diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 can of diced tomatoes and chilies
- 1 4 oz can green chilies
- 3 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp Tony’s Chachere’s Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp paprika
Combine all the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir.
Cook on high for 4-6 hours until rice is fully cooked.