Tell me something… have you ever had a meal that tasted just like it came from a crockpot? You know that meal that has that “distinctive crockpot taste” that is so hard to explain. Even worse than just having one of those meals, have you sadly been the person that made THAT “crockpot tasting” meal? Yep, been there.
Eventually, after about 4 or 5, of what I would consider, crockpot fails I retired my crockpot to THAT cabinet… You know the cabinet with ALL OF the rest of those kitchen appliances that I had good hopes of using, only to be saddened that they didn’t meet my expectations. Yep… my crockpot went there.
After a couple of years (yeah, I was determined that I wouldn’t use that thing again ?) I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook good meals in my crockpot, because if you’ve ever used a crockpot then you know those things are gems. You just throw everything in the pot, flip the switch, and go on with your day. But all that convenience means nothing if the food doesn’t even taste good. Well, that’s my opinion at least.
With some more trial and error (and lots of it might I add) I’ve learned a lot of tricks to cooking with a crockpot. I’m now able to make meals that ACTUALLY taste good.
One of my favorite things to cook in the crockpot is my Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo. Not only is this gumbo really delicious, but the best part is no one will ever know it came from a crockpot. It’s super easy to throw together and if you want you can assemble everything the night before and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to turn on the crockpot the next morning. I usually do this. It just saves a little more time and prep the next day.
If you’ve ever tried crockpot meals and thought you didn’t like the way food tasted in them, give this gumbo a try you won’t be disappointed!
Ingredients You Will Need For This Recipe:
1 cup of chopped celery
3/4 cup of chopped onion
1 heaping cup of bell pepper
8 ounces of ground turkey sausage
12 ounces of raw shrimp
1 1/4 cup of rice
2 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
16 ounces of plain tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon of old bay seasoning
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons of avocado oil (or any oil you choose)
Brown your ground turkey sausage in a pan with two teaspoons of oil.
Once your sausage is browned, add it to your crockpot.
Add tomato sauce, minced garlic, one tablespoon of avocado oil, bell pepper, onion, celery, and chicken broth to your crockpot.
Add thyme, oregano, old bay, and red pepper flakes to your crockpot.
Mix all of the ingredients together well. Cook on high for 3 hours and 45 minutes or low for 7 hours and 45 minutes.
After the allotted time has passed, season your shrimp with salt and pepper and place them in the crockpot. Stir your raw shrimp into the other ingredients and cook for 15 minutes. Turn your crockpot off after 15 minutes.
Serve over rice.
Crockpot Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
- 1. Celery- 1 Cup Chopped
- 2. Onion- ¾ Cup Chopped (½ of a medium onion)
- 3. Bell Pepper- 1 heaping cup chopped (about 1 small bell pepper)
- 4. Dried Thyme- 1/2 Teaspoon
- 5. Dried Oregano- 1/2 Teaspoon
- 6. Old Bay- 1/2 Teaspoon
- 7. Red Pepper Flakes- 1/8 teaspoon
- 8. Ground Turkey Sausage- 8 oz
- 9. Chicken Broth- 2 ½ cups (Low sodium)
- 10. Plain Tomato Sauce- 16 oz
- 11. Minced Garlic- 1 ½ Teaspoons
- 12. Shrimp- 12 oz
- 13. Salt- 1/2 Teaspoon
- 14. Pepper- 1/8 Teaspoon
- 15. Avocado Oil- 1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons
- 16. Rice- 1 1/4 Cup Dry
- Step 1 Brown sausage in a pan with 2 teaspoons of oil. (I use Jennie-o All Natural Turkey Sausage seasoned with spices and rosemary extract)
- Step 2 Once sausage is browned add to crock-pot
- Step 3 Add tomato sauce, minced garlic,1 tablespoon of avocado oil, bell pepper, onion, celery, and chicken broth to crock-pot
- Step 4 Add thyme, oregano, old bay, and red pepper flakes to crock-pot
- Step 5 Mix all ingredients in the crock-pot well and cook on high for 3 hours and 45 minutes or low for 7 hours and 45 minutes
- Step 6 After time has elapsed season shrimp with salt and pepper and place in crock pot, stir shrimp into the other ingredients and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Turn off crock-pot after 15 minutes.
- Step 7 Serve over 1 1/4 cup cooked rice (cook according to package directions)