Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

I found a version of this in reader's digest many years ago. I have since revised it to my own tastes so many times that I no longer even remember what the original recipe was anymore. I love it very spicy so I use extra hot sauce at the table. Tabasco is my preferred brand but Frank's isn't too bad. Just not as spicy but with very good flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook onions, garlic, green pepper and celery in the bacon drippings or cooking oil until onion is browned.
  2. Add parsley, ham, thyme, and bay leaves; cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add salt, hot sauce, tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, and 2 cups of water; simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Add rice; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 30 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp and smoked sausage; cover and simmer 10 or 15 minutes longer or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  6. Season to taste with salt and more hot sauce.
  7. -------Chicken Jambalaya--------.
  8. Add chicken and polish sausage.
  9. When the onion-celery mix is done, finish as directed, omitting ham and shrimp.
Most Helpful

I found this recipe in the Parade Magazine in the newspaper years ago. It's awesome - I haven't found a better Jambalaya recipe yet. I use 1/2 lb ham, and the shrimp. Sometimes we make it without the sausage or with andouille sausage. Also, I use 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes instead of one.

PanNan November 03, 2002

This was very tasty!! I followed the recipe exactly, expect I added a can of black beans. The hubby took the leftovers to work and the guys raved. The only thing I would say, it needed just a bit more kick for my taste buds. Thanks, I will definitely use this one again and again..

amethyst January 07, 2003

This was great. Apparently I am physically unable to make a recipe as written... I used hot italian sausage, andouille sausage, and shrimp. Added 1 tsp of red pepper flakes, a few shakes of cayenne, and subbed yellow bell pepper for the green. It was very easy to make, and was really tasty. The herbs are perfect. Thanks for another winner, Karen!

Titanium Chef October 04, 2002