Jambalaya ~ Large Family Frugal Favorites

I really like boxed jambalaya. Sure, it’s nothing like the real thing, but I like it. Back when we only had a couple kids, I would buy the family size box of Zataran’s, add a pound of smoked sausage, and call it a day. As our family got larger, I quit buying it.

I came across some in Aldi a few weeks ago and thought, “I bet I can make this large family friendly” so I bought a box. It sat in my pantry for a while, but I finally pulled it out and accepted the challenge.

This super easy jambalaya recipe comes together in about half an hour. It's absolutely delicious and goes a long way! Large Family Recipes | Frugal Meals | Cheap Meals | Semi-homemade Meals

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The Aldi brand jambalaya is really spicy (we think) so I wanted to tone that down a bit, but still maintain that signature (boxed) jambalaya flavor.

Here’s what I used . . . 

1 box jambalaya
1 can Rotel
1 cup rice
1 quart chicken broth
1 package smoked sausage
1 onion
1 sweet pepper
1 handful/can of corn ( I use frozen corn, so for me, it was a handful)
3 cloves garlic (because one is never enough)

This super easy jambalaya recipe comes together in about half an hour. It's absolutely delicious and goes a long way! Large Family Recipes | Frugal Meals | Cheap Meals | Semi-homemade Meals

I sauteed the sausage, garlic, onion, and peppers in a large skillet. Once the onions were soft, I added everything else.

This super easy jambalaya recipe comes together in about half an hour. It's absolutely delicious and goes a long way! Large Family Recipes | Frugal Meals | Cheap Meals | Semi-homemade Meals

I gave it a stir, covered it, and let it cook on low for about 20 minutes.

This super easy jambalaya recipe comes together in about half an hour. It's absolutely delicious and goes a long way! Large Family Recipes | Frugal Meals | Cheap Meals | Semi-homemade Meals

I gave it a good stir, sprinkled it with some fresh cilantro, and served it in bowls. We had sour cream, more cilantro, shredded cheddar, and hot sauce as topping options. Some of the kids used tortilla chips instead of spoons to eat their jambalaya.

Everyone enjoyed it so much that it’s now our Wednesday night supper!

Easy, quick, yummy, and frugal. This is definitely a favorite of ours!

You can print the recipe and some meal planning pages below! If you make it, let me know in the comments below!

Jambalaya ~ Large Family Style

This super easy semi-homemade version is sure to go far and fill those tummies!

Course Large Family Friendly, Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Author Jeniffer

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 box of jambalaya
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 sweet pepper- any color (chopped)
  • 1 handfull (or can) of corn (if using can, drain it)
  • 1 can black beans (drained)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over med/high heat add the oil, sausage, peppers, and onion. Give them a stir, then let then cook until the onions are soft.

  2. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes.

  3. Add everything else. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer.

  4. Cover and reduce heat to low and let it cook for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Give it a good stir and you're ready to serve!

Recipe Notes

We use a combination of fresh cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce, and shredded cheese as toppings. Use any, all, or none! It's delicious plain too. 

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