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Rice and sausage in a jambalaya.

The Beauty of a Jambalaya

This traditional Cajun rice dish begins with the classic vegetable trinity and can be made with many combinations of meat and/or seafood. It’s delicious, hearty, and super easy.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x



8 ounces smoked sausage, sliced

1 onion, chopped (or 1 cup green onion tops)

1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup red, orange, and yellow sweet mini peppers

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, pressed

1 pound ground beef (or whatever meat and/or seafood you choose)

1 cup of rice

2 1/2 cups beef broth

1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama (or salt and pepper to taste)


Brown the sausage in a large dutch oven. Remove from pot and set aside. Add vegetables to Dutch oven and cook for about 5 minutes. Add ground meat and brown with the vegetables continually stirring. Add browned sausage, rice, broth, and seasonings. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer on low heat for 25 minutes. Check it while it’s cooking to adjust the heat, so the rice doesn’t scorch.


Jambalaya can easily be made in the Instant Pot. Just use the saute setting to cook the vegetables and brown the meat then cook for 15 minutes on high after adding the rest of the ingredients.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: jambalaya

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