Jambalaya is one of New Orleans most celebrated dishes. Mr. Pea loves spicy food and loves when it is jambalaya night in our house. I myself, am not too fond of spicy food, but I do love the delicious flavors of a jambalaya, and can tolerate the heat in this dish. Well, with all the cooking we do in our household, we like to have a few meals a week that we call “budget friendly meals”. They are just that, meals on a budget, the goal is to spend around $5 for the both of us to eat. I guess I should say meal and/or meals, because there are usually leftovers when you make Jambalaya. So I wanted to share with you an easy way to make a delicious jambalaya on a budget, thanks to the help of Zatarains and a couple of extra ingredients that really help kick it up a notch.
1 Family Size of Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes (liquid drained and reserved)
1 lb. of a smoked sausage, sliced
(1/2 Ib. of shrimp, cooked separately and mixed in at the end-optional)
3 3/4 cups liquid made up of tomato juice from drained can of diced tomatoes combined with chicken stock or water
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning ( we use homemade, but you can use Emril’s Bayou Blast seasoning, Zatarains has their own cajun seasoning and even Penzeys has a good cajun seasoning as well)
Add in Zatarain’s jambalaya rice and mix from package, bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 25 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes, stir and serve.