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Slow Cooker Jambalaya

My oldest crockpot recipe, Slow Cooker Jambalaya, is perfect for busy days… and busy mommies. I’m sharing my classic jambalaya recipe today in honor of a sweet friend and mommy-to-be.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe #crockpot #slowcooker #recipe

You guys… I have been making this jambalaya recipe forever.

I mean FOR-E-VER.

I think it was one of the first dishes I ever learned to cook. That is, if you consider dumping ingredients in a crockpot cooking.

No matter where you stand on slow cooking, this is a marvelous jambalaya recipe. Herby, spicy, tomatoey rice speckled with chunks of ham and juicy shrimp. It is so satisfying and ridiculously easy to make, it deserves to go on the weekly/monthly menu.

Particularly, on a day when you are too busy to cook.

You simply dump all the ingredients (except for the shrimp and rice) in a slow cooker and let it work its magic. Then before dinner, add the shrimp and rice and let it cook while you empty the dishwasher or set the table.

In a few minutes you have plump zesty slow cooker jambalaya, with a little kick for good measure!

Easy Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe #crockpot #slowcooker #recipe

I’m serving up my slow cooker jambalaya recipe today in honor of my sweet friend Katie from Katies Cucina.

Katie is expecting her first little baby boy next month, and I know she’ll need quick and easy recipes to prepare in between feedings and diaper changes.

Katie's Virtual Baby Shower #recipes

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for new moms, because even though they take a little time, they are hands-off recipes.

With the help of Julie and Christine, we’ve put together a Virtual Baby Shower for Katie with loads of easy recipes for new parents. Take a look….

Easy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup from The Little Kitchen
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers from Cook the Story
Individual Tortilla Caprese Pizzas from a farmgirl’s dabbles
Easy Cheesy Potato Corn Chowder from A Little Claireification
Slow Cooker Jambalaya from A Spicy Perspective
Italian Style Stir Fry from Aggie’s Kitchen
Apricot Chicken from Bombshell Bling
Easy Baked Spaghetti from Chocolate & Carrots
Cuban Casserole with Whole Grain Mustard Butter Biscuits from Climbing Grier Mountain
Freezer-Friendly Quinoa Meatballs from Cooking with Books
Baby Boy Subway Art Printable from H2OBungalow
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
Asparagus And Leek Quiche from Kokocooks
Roasted Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Red Potatoes from Life After Empty Nest
Yogurt Blueberry and Honey Smoothie from My Sweet Zepol
Pesto Parmesan Chicken Salad from Shaken Together
Printable Baby Whale Themed Cards and Project Life Mini Album from Simply Kelly Designs
Coconut Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies from Simply Southern Baking
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Garden Vegetables from Sweet Remedy
Easy Kofta Kebabs from Tasty Chomps
Crock Pot Fajitas with Chicken and Quinoa from The Dinner-Mom
Overnight Oatmeal from The Hungry Housewife
Honey-Dijon Chicken, Apple & Quinoa Wraps from The Kitchen Prep
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Soup from The Lemon Bowl
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos from The Nifty Foodie
DIY Whale Art from While They Snooze
One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice from Yellow Bliss Road

Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe

Yield: 8+ servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4-8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. cooked ham, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped (any color)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 Tb. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs. raw shrimp
  • 2 cups long grain rice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, excluding the shrimp and rice. Stir well, the set the slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours, or high for 2-3 hours.
  2. About 45 minutes before ready to serve, stir in the shrimp and rice. Make sure the rice is completely covered. Then turn the slow cooker on high and cook another 30-40 minutes, until the rice is tender.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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  14. Mariaposted February 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I love that you made it in the slow cooker!

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  15. Samanthaposted February 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I can’t wait to give this a try. It looks phenom!

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  16. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Love that this can be made in a slow cooker! What a time saver and it looks marvelous!

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  17. Jenny Flakeposted February 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I never get enough of my slow cooker! This is a great recipe, anxious to try!!

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  18. Christine (Cook the Story)posted February 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh man, I love me some jambalaya. And I love that you made it in the slow cooker. Thanks for joining us to celebrate Katie today!

    Reply

  19. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted February 26, 2014 at 8:44 am

    How awesome! What a great no-fuss meal too Sommer!

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  21. Heather Christoposted February 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for all of the great easy suggestions for weeknight meals!!

    Reply

  22. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted February 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I am in love with recipe, Sommer! Such an easy meal to whip up during the week!

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  23. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted February 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I can’t wait to try this! Love the idea of making jambalaya in a slow cooker!

    Reply

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  25. Nancy Longposted February 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    My go to Jambalaya recipe comes from Frank Davis and really only takes approimately an hour start to finish – just don’t lift the lid or stir until the rice is done like my husband did once thinking he was helping. I showed him the recipe so he understood why the rice was hard; he’s never lifted a lid since then w/o asking first! lol

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  26. naomiposted February 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Slow cooker Jambalaya – um, yes, please!!!!

    Reply

  27. marlaposted February 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Such a fun recipe & baby shower!!

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  28. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted February 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve been looking for a slow cooker jambalaya forever! I’m so excited to try this.

    Reply

  29. katieposted February 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Oh Sommer, thank you for celebrating and surprising me today! We are all for slow cooker meals in our home. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try!

    Reply

  30. Gabyposted February 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    So much flavor and so simple to make in the slow cooker I love it!

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  31. Sharon ~ Life After Empty Nestposted February 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    My hubby is going to LOVE this! Looks delish! “Pinned” to make next week!
    Loving this virtual baby shower!

    Reply

  32. Tieghanposted February 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    This is genius! What a great idea!

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  33. JulieDposted February 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Love this, Sommer! Thanks so much for joining in with us! :)

    Reply

  34. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratchposted February 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love that this was made in the slow cooker how wonderfully easy is that!

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  35. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I’m going to need to give this one a go. Looks easy and delish!

    Reply

  36. Caroline @ chocolate & carrotsposted February 28, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I adore slow cooker meals. This one is going on my list! :D

    Reply

  37. Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted March 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Oh, I love easy crock pot meals. Anything to save time when it comes to dinner gets an A+ in my book!!!

    Reply

  38. Leslieposted March 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I can certainly see why you have been making it forever!!!!!

    Reply

  39. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Tasty!

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  40. Nutmeg Nannyposted March 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Oh wow, majorly flavorful :) my husband would be all over this dish, I can’t wait to make it!

    Reply

  41. danielleposted March 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    sounds fabulous!
    If I wanted to substitute a differnt meat (spicy Italian sausage or chicken apple) how many cups would be comparable to 1lb (of the ham)?

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    • Sommer — March 13th, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

      Hi Danielle, I’d stick with 1 pound. That would come out to about 1 1/2 – 2 cups, depending on the density of the meat.

      Reply

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