Tabasco Jambalaya Recipe – Easy Kitchen Guide

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By Dr. Leah Alexander | Published on September 19, 2023 | Last Updated on September 20, 2023

Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana dish. It’s been around for centuries and has been adapted over the years to include different flavors and ingredients. One of the most popular versions is spicy jambalaya made with Tabasco hot sauce.

This version of jambalaya brings all of the traditional flavors together with a kick of heat. Tabasco jambalaya is easy to make and packed full of flavor. This dish will quickly become a family favorite! It’s great to serve for a weeknight dinner or as part of a larger meal.

So, if you’re looking for an easy way to make delicious spicy jambalaya, then this is the one for you! Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make your own Tabasco jambalaya.

Tabasco Jambalaya Recipe

What is Tabasco Jambalaya?

Tabasco jambalaya is a classic Louisiana dish made with andouille sausage, chicken, vegetables, and white rice. It’s flavored with Cajun seasonings and then kicked up a notch with Tabasco hot sauce for added heat.

This dish is great for weeknight dinners or as part of a larger meal. The key to making a great Tabasco jambalaya is in the seasonings.

To really bring out all of the flavors, it’s important to use a good quality Cajun seasoning and then add in garlic, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, file powder and finally the Tabasco hot sauce. This combination of spices will give the dish an amazing flavor and a nice amount of heat.

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What does it taste like?

Tabasco jambalaya is a delicious and flavorful dish. The combination of the Cajun seasoning, garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, and Tabasco hot sauce gives it an amazing flavor that will have everyone coming back for more.

The heat level in this dish can be adjusted by adding more or less Tabasco according to your own tastes. For a milder version, use less Tabasco or omit it altogether. For a spicier version, add more Tabasco hot sauce to the jambalaya.

No matter what way you make it, this is sure to become one of your family’s favorite dishes! So give it a try today and enjoy the delicious flavors of Tabasco jambalaya.

How did I first get introduced to the Tabasco Jambalaya?

I first got introduced to the Tabasco Jambalaya at a local restaurant in my hometown. I had heard about this dish before, but never had it before so I was eager to give it a try. When it arrived at the table, I could smell all of the amazing spices and knew that this would be something special.

When I took my first bite, I was immediately hooked. The combination of the Cajun seasoning, garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, and just the right amount of Tabasco hot sauce gave it an amazing flavor and just the perfect level of spice.

Since that day, I have been trying to recreate this delicious dish at home for my family. After several attempts, I finally nailed down the perfect combination of spices and seasonings to make a delicious Tabasco Jambalaya.

I’m sure if you give this recipe a try, you will be hooked as well! The flavor is amazing and it’s just the right level of spice that makes it enjoyable for everyone. Best of all, it’s easy to make and can be on the table in just 30 minutes!

So if you’re looking for an easy yet delicious dish that’s sure to become a family favorite, give this Tabasco Jambalaya a try today. You won’t be disappointed!

How to make Tabasco Jambalaya?

Making Tabasco jambalaya is easy! Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make your own delicious Tabasco Jambalaya.

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Ingredients

  • Andouille sausage: This is a type of pork sausage that is usually spiced with garlic and cayenne pepper.
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: This lean protein is the perfect addition to your jambalaya.
  • Peanut oil: Peanut oil has a high smoke point, making it ideal for cooking in high-heat dishes like this one.
  • Cajun seasoning: This blend of spices adds a nice flavor to the dish.
  • Onion, celery, and bell pepper: This trio of vegetables is known as mirepoix in cooking terms and adds a lot of flavor to the jambalaya.
  • Garlic: Garlic is always an essential ingredient in any savory dish.
  • Uncooked white rice: This is the main starch in the jambalaya.
  • Chicken broth: This adds flavor and moisture to the dish.
  • Crushed Italian tomatoes: These add a slight acidity and sweetness to balance out the spices in the jambalaya.
  • Red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, salt, and hot pepper sauce: These spices help to add flavor and heat to the jambalaya.
  • Worcestershire sauce and file powder: These are two ingredients that are traditional in Cajun cooking. The Worcestershire adds a depth of flavor while the File Powder helps to thicken up the dish.
  • Tabasco hot sauce: This is the ingredient that gives this jambalaya its kick! Feel free to adjust the amount of Tabasco according to your own taste.

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Heat 4 teaspoons of the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Cook for 8 minutes more, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2

Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the same pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.

Step 3

Add the rice to the pot and stir to combine with the vegetables. Pour in the chicken broth and crushed tomatoes and season with red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and file powder. Give everything a good stir and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 4

Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Remove from heat and stir in the Tabasco hot sauce.

Step 5

Serve the Tabasco jambalaya with a side of your favorite vegetables or salad and enjoy!

Tips and variations

  • If you’re looking for a vegetarian version of this dish, try using vegan sausage or simply omitting the meat altogether.
  • If you want to add some additional vegetables, try stirring in some diced zucchini or frozen corn along with the rest of the ingredients.
  • To make this dish even heartier, add in some precooked shrimp or crumbled tofu for extra protein.
  • If you’re looking to reduce the fat and calories, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth and use leaner cuts of sausage.
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What to serve with Tabasco Jambalaya?

Here are some delicious sides to serve with your Tabasco Jambalaya:

  • Cornbread: This is a classic side dish that pairs perfectly with jambalaya.
  • Coleslaw: The crunchy slaw provides a nice contrast to the spiciness of the jambalaya.
  • Baked beans: These add an extra layer of flavor and are a great way to get more protein in your meal.
  • Green beans or broccoli: These green vegetables are a great way to balance out the meal with some added nutrition.
  • Sweet potato fries: If you’re looking for something different, try swapping in sweet potato fries for regular ones.
  • Corn on the cob: Grilled or boiled corn on the cob is another great side dish.
  • Salad: A simple green salad can help to balance out the flavors and add some extra color to your plate.
  • Garlic bread: This is a great way to soak up all of the delicious juices from the jambalaya!

How to store leftover Tabasco Jambalaya?

Leftover Tabasco Jambalaya can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, simply place the jambalaya into a pot over medium heat and stir until heated through.

You can also freeze leftover jambalaya for up to 6 months. To thaw, place the frozen jambalaya in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat as directed above.

Can pregnant women eat this?

It is generally safe for pregnant women to eat Tabasco Jambalaya, however, it’s important to take into account any additional ingredients that may be included in this.

For example, Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies which could pose a risk for pregnant women and should be avoided.

Additionally, if you are making your own jambalaya, be sure to use fresh ingredients and store them properly. Pregnant women should be sure to cook their food thoroughly before eating it as well.

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Tabasco Jambalaya Recipe

Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana dish. It’s been around for centuries and has been adapted over the years to include different flavors and ingredients. One of the most popular versions is spicy jambalaya made with Tabasco hot sauce.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 347kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces of andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts (Large) cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tsp peanut oil divided
  • 3 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ¼ cups uncooked white rice
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 16 ounces can of crushed Italian tomatoes
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp file powder
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco hot sauce

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat 4 tsp of oil over medium heat. Add the sliced andouille sausage and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add the cut chicken pieces and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning. Continue to cook for 8 more minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Once done, remove from heat and set aside.
  • Using the same pot, heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium heat. Add in the diced onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the uncooked white rice and stir to combine with vegetables. Pour in the chicken broth and crushed tomatoes into the pot then season with red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and file powder. Mix everything well then bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Remove from heat and stir in Tabasco hot sauce.
  • Serve the Tabasco jambalaya with your favorite vegetables or salad and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you’re looking for a vegetarian version of this dish, try using vegan sausage or simply omitting the meat altogether.
  • If you want to add some additional vegetables, try stirring in some diced zucchini or frozen corn along with the rest of the ingredients.
  • To make this dish even heartier, add in some precooked shrimp or crumbled tofu for extra protein.
  • If you’re looking to reduce the fat and calories, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth and use leaner cuts of sausage.
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FAQs 

Can I make this vegan?

Yes, you can easily make this dish vegan by omitting the sausage and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You can also add in additional vegetables or vegan proteins such as tofu or tempeh to give it more substance.

Can I use brown rice instead?

Yes, you can absolutely use brown rice instead of white if you prefer. Just be sure to increase the cooking time by 5-10 minutes so that the rice is fully cooked.

Can I make this spicier?

Yes, if you want to add a bit more heat to your jambalaya you can add extra red pepper flakes or hot sauce to taste. Alternatively, try adding some diced jalapenos along with the vegetables.

Wrapping Up

Thank you for taking the time to learn how to make Tabasco Jambalaya! We hope that this step-by-step guide has been helpful and that it inspires you to get creative in your kitchen.

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Dr. Leah Alexander

Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.

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