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Crockpot Jambalaya

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

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Crockpot Jambalaya 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.

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Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe

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!

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Easy Crockpot Jambalaya

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.

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.

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Is Crockpot Jambalaya Gluten Free?

Yes! This recipe is gluten free.

Can You Freeze Jambalaya?

Yes, you can. However, make sure to thaw the jambalaya completely before reheating. Otherwise the rice will get mushy.

Can You Make Slow Cooker Jambalaya On The Stovetop?

Yes! You can make jambalaya in less than an hour on the stovetop.

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Crockpot Jambalaya Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
My oldest crockpot recipe, Slow Cooker Jambalaya, is perfect for busy days...and busy moms.
Servings: 8 +


  • 1 pound 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 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp
  • 2 cups long grain rice


  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 411kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 256mg, Sodium: 2319mg, Potassium: 707mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 945IU, Vitamin C: 61.3mg, Calcium: 199mg, Iron: 4.3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Author: Sommer Collier

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46 comments on “Crockpot Jambalaya”

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  5. 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)?

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. This is genius! What a great idea!

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

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. Such a fun recipe & baby shower!!

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

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

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

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

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

  27. 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!

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

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

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

  31. I love that you made it in the slow cooker!

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