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robin’s faux gumbo (spicy)

Recipe by
Robin Wellhouse
Eden, WY

This Gumbo may not be made in the traditional way, but it's certainly a potluck favorite and usually is the first to go. This recipe is so versatile, you can add any fish, poultry, or sausage you like!

yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For robin’s faux gumbo (spicy)

  • 1/2 lb
    bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 stick
    butter, unsalted
  • 1 md
    onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 4 can
    rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles - or the equivalent of fresh)
  • 1 bag
    okra, frozen (or about 3 cups sliced fresh)
  • 4 c
    beef broth or stock
  • 1 can
    tomato paste (the smaller sized one)
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb
    smoked sausage, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb
    linguiça (portuguese sausage), sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb
    cajun chicken sausage, sliced into bite sized chunks
  • 1 tsp
    cajun or creole seasoning (like slap ya mama, more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 lb
    shrimp, peeled and deveined (pre-cooked is fine)
  • 1 lb
    imitation crabmeat, chunk style

How To Make robin’s faux gumbo (spicy)

  • 1
    In a large pot or kettle, sauté the bacon, butter, onion, and garlic together until the onion is translucent.
  • 2
    Add in the canned Rotel (tomatoes, chiles), frozen okra, broth, tomato paste, Worchestershire, and stir until the paste is dissolved.
  • 3
    Add in the sliced sausages, seasoning, and Thyme. Stir and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • 4
    Add in the bay leaves. Reduce to simmer and set the timer for an hour.
  • 5
    When the timer is up, remove the bay leaves, add in the seafood and bring back to a boil (about 10 minutes).
  • 6
    Turn off heat and serve hot – either plain or over cooked rice. Enjoy! Note: The flavors develop overnight for a richer taste. So make this the day before and warm it in a crockpot for supper the next day!

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