jambalaya for Mardi Gras

There was a time I did not like spicy foods. Actually, I think I just never gave them a chance, and certainly never cooked anything spicy or with any amount of heat. My dad loves spicy foods. My brother loves spicy foods. Jason loves spicy foods.

Little by little, I have come around and now I love spicy foods. I will always stand by my original thought, though – that it must be a flavorful heat, not just so hot that I am crying and cannot taste anything. I have been having fun learning about peppers and spices, and their varying heat levels.

When Julie asked me to create something for Mighty Vegan’s Mardi Gras, I was honored and excited, and I knew exactly what I would be making – jambalaya!

Julie is celebrating her home town of New Orleans by hosting a series of Mardi Gras food and recipe posts on Mighty Vegan.

My jambalaya recipe is featured today – check that out here.

She has already posted a po-boy recipe as well, which sounds amazing. I am honored to be a part of the series, and look forward to seeing other New Orleans traditions – stop by Mighty Vegan and say hello!

Fat Tuesday is two weeks from today – will you be celebrating Mardi Gras?

Are you a spicy food fan?



  1. says

    I love spicy foods, but I’ve actually been CRAVING them hardcore lately, the spicier the better, way more spice than normal… so much so that I was actually really relieved when my period got here last week. Thank goodness it’s not that!

  2. says

    I am definitely checking this out! I am weird enough to love okra (and have a bag of frozen okra that needs to be used). I usually don’t do much for Mardi Gras, but now I’m thinking I just might have to celebrate…

  3. says

    Love the spice and I always love that I can spot a fresh jalapeno in your food pics, it’s the first thing I see :) I need to check out her site for your recipe and the po boy recipe, they are absolutely delicious.

  4. says

    This looks amazing! I love heat, but it has to be a flavor component, not just hot. I want to taste the spice not be on fire. I have really developed a deep love for spicy foods! I haven’t have Jambalaya since I developed a recipe for a client two years ago…I have no idea why because it is so dang good!

  5. says

    Gary loves Jambalaya! I am bookmarking this page! and Gary loves spicy foods, and I go through periods of liking it then not so much, the spicy flavors starts to get to me and over powers the dish

  6. says

    I loooove spicy foods! It was the jalapeno that grabbed me and pulled me into this post 😀 I wasn’t always a fan of spicy, either. And then I remember discovering hot sauce. Tabasco and Frank’s Red Hot soaked into EVERYTHING. I’ve been in love with spicy ever since <3

  7. says

    My husband is obsessed with jambalaya and always orders it if it’s on a menu somewhere. I’ve made it a few times at home, and it turned out pretty well- it wasn’t vegan, though. I wonder if it would be good with tempeh instead of vegan sausage? And I’ve got to get my hands on some soy curls to compare the difference with TSP!

  8. says

    As a west-coaster, Louisiana-inspired dishes are hard to come by here…I hardly ever see okra at the grocery store, unfortunately :( Nevertheless, I am always up for a gumbo or jambalaya – your recipe takes me back to New Orleans – very nice work!

  9. Robin says

    I made this on Sunday…SO good…my husband emailed me yesterday and said he was craving more! Thanks for the great food ideas! I had to let it cook for 4 hours…the brown rice takes FOREVER to fluff up! :)

    • spabettie says

      yay – SO glad you like it too! I love that your husband emailed about it – hearing that kind of thing makes my day!

  10. Jana says

    thank you for this recipe! I have wanted a friendly jambalaya and this one looks terrifically spicy, perfect! thanks

  11. Kate says

    I got so excited when I stumbled across this page, but it looks like the link to the recipe doesn’t work anymore. Could you re-post it somewhere? I’d love to try it!

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