It’s no secret that I love my slow cooker. I love being able to create healthy, balanced meals for my family even on days I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen. This Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Cajun Gumbo is just about as easy as it gets. What’s even better is you can prep this ahead of time and throw it in the freezer for later, thaw it out and throw it in the slow cooker. Dinner’s done!
Throwing simple ingredients together in the slow cooker to make one amazing Spicy Cajun Gumbo! Yum!Click To Tweet
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To make your own Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Cajun Gumbo, you will need: 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6), 24 ounces cooked, large, peeled and deveined shrimp with tail-on (power to ya if you can find tail off!), 14 ounces kielbasa (cut into 1/4″ rounds), 1 bell pepper (any color, chopped), 1 onion (chopped), 3 celery stalks (chopped), 4 garlic cloves (minced), 2 bay leaves, 1 cup frozen okra, 6 ounces tomato paste, 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (link to recipe below).
*If you’d like to make this for kids or anyone who doesn’t love spicy foods, simply decrease the amount of cayenne in the Cajun seasoning, or leave it out completely. Alternatively, if you like spice, add more!
You can use store-bought Cajun seasoning, or you can make your own. Super simple to make and way better for you than the store-bought versions that are full of preservatives and additives. Click here to find the recipe for Simple Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix.
Place everything in the slow cooker except for the shrimp. I use a 6 quart slow cooker for this recipe. Cover and cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-7 hours. 15 minutes before the cooking time is up, add the shrimp (after taking the tails off). When you add the shrimp, take the chicken out, temp test to at least 165°F, shred, and add back to the slow cooker. Serve over rice or all by itself, it’s delicious either way! Enjoy!
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Below you will find some of the equipment I found useful while preparing this Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Spicy Cajun Gumbo. I only recommend items that I actually own, use and LOVE!
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