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Louisiana Gumbo

This recipe certainly reflects our area of the country. It really is a meal in itself.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up
  • 2 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked ham, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound fresh or frozen uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sliced okra
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • Place the chicken and water in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Skim fat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30-45 minutes or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken; cool. Reserve 6 cups broth. Remove chicken from bones; cut into bite-size pieces.
  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, mix flour and oil until smooth; cook and stir over medium-low heat until browned, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the onions, peppers, celery and garlic; cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the sausage, ham and reserved broth and chicken; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add the shrimp, okra, beans, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 473 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 646mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Greg
    Oct 7, 2020

    thesnappysneezer and lovebugmama - Your ignorance is just amazing. This is a very good recipe... I like the traditional dark roux but this is and excellent variation.....

  • Jeanette
    Jul 2, 2019

    Some of these comments are just rude! Why does a recipe have to be the way you think it should be! Cook your way let others cook their way if you don't like the recipe keep it moving! And any good cook cooks food their way with their own flare it's boring making everything by "your" rules! Development your own style and let others show theirs! And btw there is a whole internet full of gumbo recipes with beans in it! Ouch I bet that hurt some of y'all!

  • 2124arizona
    Apr 17, 2017

    This was a hit at a church benefit supper. Everyone loves it!

  • VictoriaElaine
    Apr 9, 2015

    I mostly followed the recipe, but I added one tablespoon of Creole seasoning to give it more flavor. I personally cook roux (canola oil and flour) until it is a chocolate-brown - some people might cook it to a deeper color or cook it less for a lighter color - it all depends on your personal preferences. I also use 1/2 cup flour instead of 3/4 cup as I like that consistency better. All in all, a very good recipe. My family enjoyed having shrimp, chicken, ham & sausage all in one meal.

  • ganduff3
    Apr 6, 2015

    first time making gumbo. only thing think it needs about 1,1/2 lbs. of shrimp. IT is out of this world.

  • AngelaM77
    Jan 12, 2014

    This is the easiest and tastiest gumbo I've made. I don't add ham nor a roasted chicken. I boil or brown chicken thighs. Awesome recipe.

  • thesnappysneezer
    Feb 16, 2013

    This is not gumbo. How dare you destroy the good name and flavour and hisotry of Gumbo with this blatant, tasteless, worthless lie. YOU DO NOT PUT BEANS IN GUMBO. Your photo looks nothing like gumbo. You a horrid chef.

  • lovebugmama
    Feb 3, 2013

    This is not the way of any real southern ladies idea of gumbo.Both of g.moms from the deep south.I was showed the real southern way to make gumbo,and this an't it.sorry you blew it.

  • jsbr
    Feb 23, 2012

    We loved this recipe! I omitted the okra as my family doesn't care for it at all. We'll definitely be making it again.

  • LadyNouvelleCuisine
    Dec 6, 2011

    My family loved this recipe. I did change it a bit because we're not fond of kidney beans; so I simply left those out and added more of our favorites. I also substituted the ham for chicken. All in all this is a great dish!