This is a very hot and spicy gumbo, but a healthier version. It takes time, patience, love, and devotion. My husband and dad love this dish and will eat it for days, with no complaints of having leftovers. They savor every drop... they are so funny. Serve each portion over 1/2 cup cooked white rice.

Recipe Summary

35 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 45 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Seasoning Mix:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, white pepper, black pepper, thyme, oregano, and bay leaf in a small bowl for the seasoning mix. Set aside.

  • Combine 3/4 cup chicken broth with onions, celery, and green pepper in a heavy 4-quart soup pot. Cook over medium- to medium-high heat until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to high. Stir in the seasoning mix, file powder, hot sauce, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is fragrant and vegetables are well coated, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in tomato sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Mixture will begin to smoke and stick to the bottom of the pan; just keep stirring. Add remaining broth and bring to a boil. Add chicken and kielbasa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, 45 to 60 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

360 calories; protein 42.2g; carbohydrates 14.3g; fat 14.1g; cholesterol 118.2mg; sodium 1294.2mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Reduced Tabasco sauce to 1/2Tbs. Excellent. Will make it often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good. Served over rice or qunioua. Will be making it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was VERY good. Lots better than the crockpot recipe that I had used before. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We made it. Very good. We added half cup of frozen okra. We also cut cayenne pepper by half. Still spicy enough for us. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really like this recipe added shrimp. okra and a bit more cooked th rice in it and. It was really good. Read More