Spicy Crockpot Jambalaya with Bacon!

Jambalaya is a dish best served spicy and warm over a bed of rice – did I mention spicy?  Ben and I LOVE spicy foods, but our kids like not-so-spicy foods so we often keep Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning close by so we can add it to our food.  Ben even puts it on his eggs!  But every now and then I break away from the dishes that are made with aromatic, flavorful spices and break out the Creole and Cayenne Pepper just for Ben and I.  (We give a little to the kids, but load them up with more rice than Jambalaya).

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I hope you try this recipe that have honed over the years to kick it up a notch: make it and freeze some to enjoy later.


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Here is almost everything I used, the only thing missing is the frozen shrimp and bacon.  I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but it can take less time if you do prep work in bulk.  For example:


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When I buy onions and peppers, I buy a bunch at Costco and take the time that day to slice and chop then freeze.  It saves me a lot of time throughout the week.  You can do the same with the chicken and sausage, cut a lot in cubes and freeze. So next time you want to make Jambalaya it’ll take half the prep time!


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I added everything Except for the shrimp and bacon.  The frozen shrimp is added in the last 30 minutes. I used one piece of crisp bacon per serving as a garnish.


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The final dish, it was very flavorful and ensured I drank my daily allowance of water! :)

For another personal family favorite crockpot recipe, be sure to check out my Hearty Crockpot Chili.


Spicy Crockpot Jambalaya
Recipe Type: Crockpot
Cuisine: Cajun
Author: Stephanie Weaver
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Serves: 8
I’ve modified a base Jambalaya over the years to remove what I don’t like and add more of what I do – the result a spicy, meaty, rich dish.
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into cubes
  • 1 pound Polska Kielbasa
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes 14.5 oz (I usually grab whatever kind is in the pantry, in this case Italian stewed tomatoes)
  • 1 can Rotelle Original (if you want to make it extra spicy get the “hot” kind, but try this Original first)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper (or orange or yellow)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp Tony Chachere’s
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 pound frozen shrimp
  1. Add all the ingredients in the crockpot EXCEPT the shrimp and bacon.
  2. Cover and cook 7 to 8 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high.
  3. Stir in the frozen shrimp the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  4. Serve over rice and Garnish with crisp bacon if desired.


  • Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity
    December 9, 2013, 11:16 am

    Oh goodness I am a big Jambalaya fan and that looks so good. Never tried making it in a slow cooker before.

  • Tammy_3DifferentDirections
    December 9, 2013, 12:16 pm

    I think this one would have a bit too much ‘heat’ for my tastebuds!

  • Jennifer @ The Quirky Momma
    December 9, 2013, 1:33 pm

    I’m so glad I found this! My children and husband LOVE dishes like this, but I always though making this from scratch would be challenging. It’s not and it will be on my table tomorrow!

    • December 9, 2013, 3:24 pm

      This past time when I made it, I didn’t even bother to thaw the chicken and cut in cubes- after 7 hours on low I was able to shred the chicken. I love meals you can make and forget about. :) Thanks for sharing and I’d love to hear if you liked it.

  • Lynda Self
    December 9, 2013, 1:44 pm

    What time is lunch? It looks delicious and I LIKE spicy food. ;)

    • December 9, 2013, 3:04 pm

      :) This is one of my favorite dishes!! We should have a crockpot recipe sharing party them at our next get together. :)

  • maryann
    December 10, 2013, 4:24 pm

    love crockpot recipes

  • OyVeyaDay
    December 11, 2013, 9:52 am

    That is one tasty sounding slow cooker recipe. I love using the slow cooker – it is so easy, yet produces such great food.

  • December 12, 2013, 1:12 pm

    doing a lot of the prep work ahead of time is a great tip. Makes a meal so much easier to make

  • Julie Johnston
    December 12, 2013, 4:41 pm

    I think I’d want to stay home all day so I could smell this as it cooked in the slow cooker. It looks amazing!

  • Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins
    December 14, 2013, 12:34 am

    I’ve never had bacon in my jambalaya before but I’d really like to give it a try though!

  • Jennifer H
    December 14, 2013, 3:11 pm

    This reminds me of my visit to New Orleans. The slowcooker is a fabulous invention.

  • Kira
    December 15, 2013, 2:41 pm

    OMG, this has my name written all over it. I want it NOW!!

  • December 15, 2013, 4:32 pm

    I’ve never had (or made) jambalaya, but it’s one of my dad’s favorite things.

  • Anne
    December 15, 2013, 8:21 pm

    Sounds delicious, I have never added bacon to jambalaya, but it is a great idea!

  • December 15, 2013, 10:10 pm

    There is nothing quite like the smell of a good jambalaya in the crockpot! I am feeling inspired YUM

  • December 30, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never eaten Jambalaya? It looks easy enough to make. I should just break down and make it sometime.

  • Striving Mommy
    January 20, 2014, 8:29 pm

    I love spicy food and love jambalaya, but I have never added bacon before. I am pinning your recipe!

    • Stephanie Weaver
      January 20, 2014, 8:37 pm

      The bacon gave it a hint of smokey flavor – it was delish!