Let’s talk Jambalaya! Typically there are two types of jambalaya: cajun jambalaya and creole jambalaya. It’s my understanding that creole usually has tomatoes in it, so this is probably closer to a creole jambalaya… any jambalaya experts out there want to weigh in? Either way, it’s pretty damn delicious! I can not take credit for this recipe though. I got it from my momma! But seriously, most of my recipes come from my mom. Most of her recipes came either from her mom or from her throwing together what we had in the pantry,  with me trying to write down the recipe while she measures nothing and throws it together. 

This recipe has a special place in our house though. It’s John’s absolute favorite thing I can cook. Everytime I make it, I think oh perfect this is such a big batch, I’ll have lots left over to freeze! But no, everytime we either end up having family over because they also love it, or John just crushes it in a matter of hours. Normally I would say this would make around 8 very healthy servings though!

Parking It - Shelleys Jambalaya Recipe


9 Hot Italian Sausages (sliced into ¼ inch pieces)

5 Chicken Breast (Cut into chunks equal is size to the sausage)

2 cups of uncooked tail off shrimp

5 Celery Stocks (chopped)

6 Cloves of Garlic (crushed or diced)

1 Yellow Onion (diced)

Olive Oil for pan-frying

1 Red Pepper (diced)

1 Green Pepper (diced) 

1 Can of diced tomatoes

1 Can of Tomato Sauce 

1 Jar of Heinz Chili Sauce


Precook the hot italian sausage & chicken: Place a bit of oil in a frying pan and cook sausage and chicken fully. While this is cooking you can start to chop your veggies.

In a large pot (I use a stock pot like the one linked here) heat olive oil over medium heat, then add celery, garlic, and onion. Saute until the onion is slightly transparent.

Add red pepper, green pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili sauce, pre-cooked sausage and chicken. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 1 hour. 

Add shrimp and let cook for about 5 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked entirely though. Make sure to add shrimp last as they’ll get rubbery if you put them in before simmering.

Serve with rice or pasta. Enjoy!

John with Shelleys Jambalaya