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Vegan Jambalaya (Slow Cooker or Stove Top!)

This easy vegan jambalaya is made with a spicy mixture of brown rice, red beans and bell peppers. It cooks up quick and easy on the stove, or you can let it simmer away in the slow cooker!

Serves up to 8 people so if you want a smaller batch, cut ingredients in half. (I made the slow cooker version)



  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 green bell pepper diced

  • 2 celery stalks diced

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 3 garlic cloves minced

  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes about 3 tomatoes or a 14 ounce can

  • 4-5 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 tbsp. paprika

  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin

  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp. dried thyme

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

  • 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper hot sauce adjust to heat preference

  • 2 cups long grain brown rice

  • 1 3/4 cups cooked or one 14 oz. can red kidney beans drained

  • 2 cups chopped vegan sausage optional, I like Field Roast brand


Slow Cooker Method

  1. Place oil, pepper, celery, onion, garlic, tomatoes, 4 cups of broth, paprika, cumin, black pepper, thyme, oregano and hot sauce into slow cooker set to low heat.

  2. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the rice and raise the heat to high.

  4. Stir, cover and cook for another hour to an hour and a half, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed. Add more broth if the rice becomes too dry during cooking.

  5. Add beans and sausage. Stir and cook another 2 minutes or so, until beans and sausage are heated throughout.

Stove Top Method

  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with oil and place over medium heat. When the oil is hot add bell pepper, celery, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, until veggies are softened.

  2. Add tomatoes, 4 cups of broth, paprika, cumin, black pepper, thyme, oregano, hot sauce, and rice. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and allow to simmer until the rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes, covered.

  3. If using vegan sausage, briefly heat it on the stove or in the microwave while the rice sits.

  4. Remove lid, fluff rice with a fork, and stir in the beans and sausage.

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