Thankful For Leftover Turkey Jambalaya

November 27, 2009

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: My husband and I love New Orleans. He proposed in New Orleans. We go to New Orleans annually and gobble up the cuisine as fast as possible. The inspiration for this is deeply engrained! I LOVE Joe's Stuff which you can order here OR - go there and pick some up in person! Also we swear by the Zatarains rice but you can use your favorite long grain white rice. - aargersiaargersi

Food52 Review: It would never have occurred to us to put turkey in jambalaya, which seems so focused on pork, but it's a terrific idea. Turkey's gaminess compliments the andouille and holds its own against the cajun spices. Aargersi also includes smoked paprika, a smart touch. Don't be put off by the ingredient list, which calls for Zatarains rice, Abita Amber or Joe's stuff. Use what you can find: we made do with Uncle Ben's, Anchor Steam and another brand of cajun seasoning. If you'd like, you can adjust the heat level by decreasing the amount of cajun seasoning and choosing a milder andouille. - A&MThe Editors

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • 3 links andouille sausage - cooked and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups turkey - cut up
  • 1 yellow onion - chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper - chopped
  • 2 ribs celery - chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups Zatarains long grain white rice
  • 1 cup Abita Amber (or other amber) beer
  • 1 cup water in addition to the beer to make 4 c liquid
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 cups canned whole tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons Joe's Stuff (or other cajun seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the olive oil on medium high in a large pot, add the onion, celery and bell pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, andouille and turkey, along with the Joe's Stuff and paprika. Cook 2-3 more minutes.
  3. Hand crush the tomatoes and add them. Add all remaining ingredients except the parsley.
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and cover—cook until the rice is done, about 20 minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve.

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Reviews (17) Questions (2)

17 Reviews

Jennifer November 26, 2018
Do I include the juices from the canned tomatoes, or just the tomatoes themselves?
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aargersi November 26, 2018
Just tomatoes though juices will come out of them ... I get whole plum tomatoes and hand smoosh them.
Betsy November 26, 2017
This has become a huge favorite of mine for leftover turkey and was yet more fantastic this year with a roasted turkey stock subbed in for the water. Yummy!
allison May 25, 2017
Is Abita available in Pennsylvania? Can you suggest a substitute?
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aargersi May 25, 2017
Any medium amber beer will work!
Shelby R. September 19, 2016
Did the chicken and used a smoked paprika! Absolutely fantastic and SO flavorful. 10/10 would reccomend
Tarah T. November 30, 2015
I made this yesterday and my family liked it and ate it all up! Thanks for helping me get rid of some of my turkey :)
hardlikearmour October 17, 2011
Made a double batch of this today! DEEE-licious. The beer really makes it tasty. Thanks for such a yummy and easy version of red jambalaya.
TheWimpyVegetarian October 21, 2010
Hey aargersi - this was great! I made it tonight with one of those roast chickens at the store instead of turkey. So easy to make and soooo flavorful!! We loved it.
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aargersi October 21, 2010
Oh I am so glad you made and liked it! Plus you get to drink the rest of the beer - bonus!!!
TheWimpyVegetarian October 21, 2010
Yes - this went great with a nice mug of amber beer! The other bonus, as my husband said last night, was great leftovers for lunch today!
Sasquash December 7, 2009
This looks great! I will try this one for sure! yummy !
TheWimpyVegetarian December 6, 2009
This looks really great! I'm definitely trying this one.
Jball December 4, 2009
mariaraynal December 4, 2009
I love the combination of andouille sausage and turkey. Excellent recipe. Full disclosure: aargersi is a great friend, and this gal can COOK.
dymnyno December 3, 2009
Great comfort food!!
lastnightsdinner December 3, 2009
Did my heart good to see a jambalaya recipe in the mix - yours sounds wonderful :)