When it comes to comforting Southern food, there's a reason why jambalaya is a go-to dish around Mardi Gras. Spicy, smoky and super hearty, it's a definite winter warmer! The addition of shrimp and tomatoes makes this one-pot meal a Creole specialty; omit those and replace with extra sausage and/or chicken and broth, and you've got a Cajun version. Either way, it's a meal tailor-made for a slow cooker, letting the long simmer time build flavors while you let the good times roll.
Preheat the slow cooker on low for 30 minutes while chopping the vegetables.2.
Stir the chicken, sausage, onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, scallions, Cajun seasoning, salt, bay leaves, tomatoes, broth, and Tabasco in the slow cooker.3.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.4.
Remove the lid and quickly stir in the shrimp and rice. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.5.
Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately, as the rice will continue to absorb the liquid in the slow cooker as it sits.