Mardi Gras Recipes for the Slow Cooker

Mardi Gras is almost upon us.  Who doesn’t like Jambalaya or Red Beans and Rice?  Or one of my absolute favorites – Bananas Foster!  Buuuttt…no one wants to slave over the stove for hours making them.  Enjoy these tasty Mardi Gras recipes for favorite  traditional Louisiana fare for a Mardi Gras feast, or any time of the year.



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Slow Cooker Jamabalaya
Recipe type: slow cooker
Cuisine: Cajun
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Serves: 10-12
A slow cooker version of the traditional Jambalaya
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound sausage (Andouille, Polish or Jennie-O turkey sausage) sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice (drained)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2-3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp without tails
  • 2 - 2.5 cups cooked rice – brown or white
  1. In a slow cooker, combine all the ingredients above except the rice and shrimp.
  2. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH. Stir in the shrimp during the last 20 minutes of cook time.
  3. Stir in cooked rice 10 minutes before serving.



Louisiana Red Beans and Rice



  • 1 pound dried red beans (soaked overnight, drained and rinsed)
  • 7 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ pound Andouille sausage, (Polish or Jennie-O Turkey sausage work too)
  • 3 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Cooked rice – white or brown


  • Put the first nine ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH 5-7 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Serve over rice – white or brown.


Banana Foster

A fabulous dessert that really sets off a Mardi Gras meal.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 medium, firm bananas, peeled, cut lengthwise and then diagonally into thirds
  • 1/3 cup dark rum


  • Melt butter in slow cooker on low (approx. 10 minutes)
  • Mix in brown sugar
  • Gently stir in the bananas and rum
  • Cook on low for one hour (until bananas are glazed and softened; do not overcook. You don’t want mushy bananas.)
  • Spoon banana mixture over vanilla ice cream, pound cake or Belgium waffles
  • Serve and enjoy!

Will you be making any of these Mardi Gras recipes in your slow cooker?


  1. Melissa Smith says

    Yes please! The red beans & rice & bananas foster look scrumptious! Pinning for sure, thank you so much for sharing.


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