Pork, Shrimp, and Chicken Sausage Gumbo

I like to incorporate as many different kinds of meats into a meal. More protein, happier Juli.

I had gumbo a little while back while I was at one of my favorite in town restaurants, Finley’s Pub. I haven’t really had a ton of gumbo in my life. Not sure why. Other than I was deprived as a child. Obviously. But the gumbo at Finley’s Pub rocked my world and inspired me to create my own. It could have been the multiple glasses of wine I had or the company, but mostly it was just the scent of gumbo in the air. Thank you Finley’s, for your inspiration, and effing good food. If you’re in Denver, you should go there.

OMG. I have to get something off my chest. There’s something that really bugs me. Now don’t think I’m lame, but I dislike it when people spell my name wrong when they are writing on my Facebook page. My personal Facebook page, not my paleomg one. But my personal one, that says JULI at the top. It does not say Julie. No, there is no e present within that name. I know it’s a bit weird, but that’s what my mother decided so I would be different. She had no idea at the time that I would be such a mess that I didn’t actually need a different spelled name. But I just don’t get it. How can you be looking at my page, where it says Juli in bold letters, and still spell it wrong? That’s just straight up lazy sh*t right there. I’m not one to correct people, but if they know me enough to be Facebook friends with me, then they better spell my damn name correctly. Ok, I got that off my chest. I feel better now.

Googling your name is so much fun. And creepy.

Can you believe Kim Kardashian is pregnant? Yeah, I can too.

So I think that I want to bring in the new year having more house parties. Or get togethers. Whatever you like to call them. We had people over on New Year’s Eve and it forced Laura and I to actually deep clean our house. I mean, we scrubbed the toilet, the tub, the kitchen cabinets, the stove. Really anything and everything. The two of us ladies even upped our decorating. Big things. But the best part of it all is that the party was super fun. We only had less than 10 people over and I think we went through more than 10 bottles of champagne and wine. Yeah, it was an interesting night. But we made paleo cookies, no bake chocolate balls and my friend Jeremy brought bacon wrapped dates. I.freaking.love.that.man. And bacon wrapped dates. House parties are just so much fun. I love other humans.


Pork, Shrimp, and Chicken Sausage Gumbo

  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 4 smoked andouille chicken sausages, sliced
  • 1.5 cups raw, deveined shrimp
  • 1 cup leftover easy shredded pork
  • 6 cups broth (I used half vegetable, half chicken broth)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley, to garnish
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat (or other kind of fat)

For the rice

  • 1 head of cauliflower, stem and leaves removed, chopped in florets
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat (or other kind of fat)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add your bacon fat along with your 4 garlic cloves, onion, celery, and bell peppers. Cook until onions become translucent.
  2. Then add all your spices and tomato paste.
  3. Pour in your broth and bay leaves and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Next add your smoked sausage and shredded pork. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Lastly, add your shrimp and salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. While your gumbo is cooking, make your rice.
  7. Add cauliflower to a food processor with the shredding attachment to “rice” the cauliflower. No food processor? Use a cheese grater instead.
  8. Now add a medium saucepan over medium heat and add your fat along with 1 garlic clove then the cauliflower.
  9. Let cook for about 5 minutes, then add the broth and salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  10. The cauliflower will cook down for about 10-12 minutes while you are making your gumbo, so keep an eye on it so it does not burn. Like mine did.
  11. Top cauliflower rice with gumbo and garnish with a bit of chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


92 thoughts on “Pork, Shrimp, and Chicken Sausage Gumbo”

  1. It bugs me when people refer to me as Liz when CLEARLY my name is Elizabeth. I understand your pet peeve Juli!!

  2. People call me “Kate” in an attempt to be friendly.. little do they know- that is my biggest pet peeve. I HATE being called Kate!

    P.S. this recipe looks bomb.com

  3. I have family that still writes my name as NIKKI. Makes me want to gag. I have to laugh though when the same person writes down different variations throughout the year… Nicki, Nickie, Nicky… Story of my life. No one knows how to spell my name.

  4. I feel ya girlfriend! Do you know how many ways you can spell Christy wrong? How weird it is to have to say “Christ” with a “y”? But yet, people still make more work for themselves and add an ie. Or a K. Or Starbucks who recently gave me a “Krystye”. Points for creativity! Clearly a hot button for me too. 🙂 But anyway, going to make this recipe tonight. Looks yum. Thanks!

  5. I wish I had friends like yours to invite to house parties! Mine always bring sh*tty food that make me cry for pepto bismol at 2 am. And my Aunt has been spelling my brothers name wrong for 30 years :/

  6. I UNDERSTAND! Do you know how many spellings of Susie there are? Susie (obviously the best one), Susi, Suzi, Suzy, and – no joke I saw it on a real estate sign – Soozee. I email all day long for work, and I cannot fathom how people ready my email, which usually has my name TWICE and write back with a Z! Say what?

    1. Um, yes. Can we talk about this? I think 99.9% of people who spell my name assume it’s with an ‘h’ at the end. And yeah, I get it, Sarah is WAY more common. But Susie, I get that ALL.THE.TIME. with people responding to my emails. Seriously? It’s spelled out for you right.there! Gah!

      1. I can seriously feel your pain…my name is RIGHT THERE….all you have to do is READ IT….and yet the majority of people think that I’m a moron and don’t know how to spell my own name…and they add an H….I passed along the horror to my darling daughter….Her name is spelled Guinevere…even with it spelled right there for them…they try Gwen or Gwin. ugh….laziness! Major pet peeve of mine as well.

  7. Juli,

    Happy New Year! Will there be a new recipe posted for these ‘No Bake Chocolate Balls’ you speak of?!?

  8. What I love about this recipe is that you don’t have any okra! If I want something slimy going down my throat…well, nevermind. Can’t wait to try this…I am working on Paleo King Cake. They should go great together.

  9. I’m totally with you. My name is spelled weird too, and I too blame my mom for ruining field trips for me as a child due to my inability to find a “Chelsae” pencil, license plate, and/or keychain, but if you’re working with me on a daily basis and/or see me type my own name a certain way, it is safe to assume that’s how you spell it!! /End/Rant/empathy haha.

  10. I understand the name thing. Abby is a pretty common spelling, but I get Abbey, Abi, Aby, Abbie all. the. freaking. time. I know it’s not their fault the first few times, but come on!

    1. Abby (another one!)

      OMG! I know! I use Abby with friends/family and Abigail professionally … and both get f-ed up all the time. Abbe, Abbie, Abbey, Abi … I think I’ve gotten them all too. Screwing up Abigail always puzzles me, especially when they’re replying to an email and my name is RIGHT there.

  11. This looks YUMMY! And, that is funny. Being a female with the name Miki, I’d have spent my life fighting if I let mispellings and mispronunciations bother me.

  12. Nothing irks me more than when I introduce myself as Kimberly and someone says, “Hi, Kim”. Seriously, you might as well call me… Juli, or Lix, or Kate. Because Kim is NOT my name!

    I love reading there are others like me. Because I’ve been told that I am being ridiculous.

    1. I hear you kimberly. My name is connie and people want to call me constence ( i don’t know if i even spelled that right). Thats not my name. I actually had a nun in grammar school insisting on calling me constance…UGH!!! I refused to answer her!!! BTW juli recipe looks awesome!!

  13. My mom wanted to name me Siobhan. I thank God every day that she didn’t! It’s bad enough that I have to spell my married name all the time. No one ever had a problem with my maiden name…

  14. I am a Marjie with a “J” because my full name is Marjorie, and even a few members of my family spell it Marge! So I am there with you. This recipe looks like the perfect meal for my frozen Wisconsin weekend. And if I make the pork for this I will have another meal too. I bet this is even better leftover. YUMMO.

  15. Been making a similar gumbo/jambalaya using New England’s finest Portuguese chourico instead of andouille. I have never found a friendly “rice”. will definitely give this one a try. Thank you Happy New Year, Keep up the great work and quality food pic’s JULI !! PS don’t judge me if my auto-correct changes your name without me aware of it lol.

  16. Too funny my pet peeve is how people pronounce my name when they see it… I get the (Megan) is common but I do spell my name Meghan which is (Meeeeeeghan). Heehee I love hearing what small things make people crazy.. Makes me feel like I’m not alone

  17. As a Lyndsay with a “y” AND and “a” (God forbid) I feel your pain. As an attorney (and probably most professionals) my name, office information, and confidential disclaimer is on the bottom of all of my work emails. YET. I still have attorneys (arguably intelligent – at least book smart) who hit “reply” and spell my name wrong – despite my name being less than 2 inches from their reply salutation. Really?

  18. For the record, I’d much rather someone lazily typed my name Juli, rather than Julie. Grrrrrrrrr. 3 people in my life can call me Jules and I’ve known them all for over 25 years. Otherwise, stuff it folks, my name is Julia.

    I’m looking forward to some tasty gumbo!

  19. Juli, You rock! I just discovered this blog through a friend sharing your sweet potato brownies. I came here looking for good food, I stayed because you are one entertaining and inspiring lady. Thanks for the chuckles and the insights. Cant wait to try some of these recipes.

  20. First: LOVE gumbo. I will have to try this.

    Second: I can definitely relate to the name thing. It’s spelled KathArine (emphasis on the A in there) but it’s habitually spelled wrong by many. Oddly enough, it’s the people not from the USA that get it right. I guess it’s because they usually have names spelled differently too and they pay attention to that kind of thing. 🙂

  21. Another name rant. The parents named me Josef, yes with an f. Makes more sense than ‘ph’, but English is weird sometimes. I like the spelling, just gave up and went with Joe a while ago. Anyway, this looks awesome, did a paleo jambalaya with cauliflower rice, so this has to be great too!

  22. Oh I can sooo relate to the name thing! My name is Ulrike and the short version of that is Ulli, since I’m a child… and soooo many people write Uli with one l, although they answer to one of my messages (where I put my signature in) or know me a long time!!

  23. is the sausage already cooked when you add it? i have some uncooked sausages that i want to use up, but should i cook them first in a pan and then add to the broth?

    1. mine were already cooked, but you could add in uncooked sausage, just cook it longer! gettting a sear on them first, then adding the broth in would be perfect!

  24. I totally understand your name frustration!!! People have always spelled my name with an “-en” and it is annoying. The worst is when people reply to an e-mail and spell it wrong! It’s like they can’t read my giant signature at the bottom, or the “from” line at the top that spells my name correctly!

  25. When I read what you said about people spelling your name wrong on your Facebook wall, I told my coworker that you and I must be kindred spirits…she’s probably heard this 7000 times. But seriously people, it’s right there!

    I made bacon wrapped dates for the first time about a month ago. I’ve had to stop making them though because I will eat an entire package of bacon. I have no self control.

  26. Caroline (KAIR-o-line)

    Not Carolyn (KAIR-uh-luhn)

    Additionally, Carol is not an acceptable short version of Caroline…it is a completely seperate name. That is all.

    And I’m gonna make some gumbo this weekend. 🙂

  27. I can’t get people to spell or say my name correctly most of the time, so I feel your pain. This recipe looks delish and I can’t wait to try it. BTW, I think your pictures are looking better. 🙂

  28. I am new to the Paleo way of life. Well…new as in today I just decided to look into this way of eating to lose weight. All your recipes look fabulous! I can’t wait to try some of them.

    1. We had a whole conversation about this as we scarfed up this gumbo tonight. The conclusion? We don’t care, because we have no fondness for okra. But I bet you could just put some in there, if you do like it.

    2. Love gumbo too! The lack of okra threw me off too. If you don’t have okra or don’t like it you can always add file’ powder. It’s a cajun spice used in gumbo as a thickening agent. It’s a southern “thang”. 🙂

  29. In fairness to the name butchers, if they are on phones or whatnot and posting, autocorrect is STUPID. My phone still thinks I’m Michael. WHATEVER PHONE!!! KEEP JUDGING AHOLE.

  30. A friend of mine, who is from Louisiana, makes the best gumbo!!! I like gumbo (minus seafood) but pre-paleo I would eat it over rice. Well the other night when she made it she also soaked a head of chopped up cabbage in vinegar and black pepper and instead of rice we ate the gumbo with that!! So good!! I will never go back…so needless to say I am making this gumbo with some cabbage!

  31. I want to try this. The ingredient list kind of reminds me of a low country boil. Think this is on the list for this weekend! I get the FB name thing, but what irritates me more is when a salesguy who is trying to get me to sign a large contract with their company gets my name wrong.

  32. I agree with the name posting business on facebook my name is ALECIA not Alicia or Alisha can you not read people? We have this trusty thing now that tags peoples names in posts wouldnt you think they would use that. People amaze me and bug me all at the same time.

    BTW I have an excuse to make your shredded pork again so I can have this soon! So excited! I am going to buy my sexy piece of meat tonight to cook while at work tomorrow! YUM! 🙂

  33. Made this tonight for dindin and it was FREAKING GOOD. I doubled the shredded meat and shrimp portions tho b/c those are my fave 🙂 CANT WAIT FOR YOUR COOKBOOK!!!

  34. This was soooo good! I forgot to add the tomato paste the first go around. It was still amazing! Although I did add it the next night. I also subbed chicken for pork and thickened it with cornstarch. This might be my fav receipe to date!!!

    loves you long time, Juli!

  35. Being from New Orleans, it really hits a nerve when I see people screw up gumbo to make it “diet” or “healthy”. They usually end up completely changing it up to the point where it no longer even resembles gumbo. That being said, I think you did a great adaptation. The only real change you made was leaving out the roux. Which in all actuality would just make it more soupy. Of course, a lot of the flavor of gumbo comes from the roux so your flavor profile is going to be a bit different but I think you could get some of that back by caramelizing your onions to a dark brown in either ghee or bacon fat before adding everything in the pot. Also, I would brown the sausage first even if it’s cooked. This cuts down on the fat by rendering some of it out and again, all those brown bits in the bottom of the pan are going to add flavor. (I would brown the sausage first, then brown the onions in some of the sausage fat. I use a similar method for jambalaya) I’m leery about the cauliflower as a substitute for rice but I’d be willing to try it since some of the other substitutes I’ve seen are just downright non-appetizing. A girl friend turned me onto your site today and I’ve been looking it over and adding some of your recipes to my menu planning software. I’ll also be pre-ordering your cookbook once I get paid on Friday. I need to get back on track with eating better. I slacked on the holidays big time and the goal for the half marathon I set this year is not going to run itself. *sigh* Off to go run.

  36. As a girl born and raised in Lousiana, I am very happy to say that this recipe is uh-mazing! Of course I used my own fav Cajun seasoning to make it extra spicy, but overall it was the best thing I’ve had in a while. The only thing that it needed was some gumbo file which is a seasoning that us Cajuns use. 😉 and I also cooked the sausage first to brown the outside then cooked the veggies in the sausage fat.

  37. This was sooo good! Just made it, had no peppers,, so I used carrots and put in some red paper flakes for some extra flavor. I am happy to say ‘I have left overs!’. Randy WOD yesterday and snowboarding today, this is a perfect refuel!
    Where do you get Paleo friendly, no sugar .andouille sausage? I used one that has no nitrates but sugar…boo.

  38. I made this tonight with pork sausage (couldn’t find andouille chicken sausage) and no shredded pork (I had none) and it was AMAZING! Thanks for posting so many yummy recipes! I have yet to make one that I don’t like!

  39. I just want to say thank you. I have tried only one of your recipes so far, but I really appreciate all the recipes you put out there especially the baked goods. Thank you keep it coming!!!!

  40. I made this and it was SO good! Just an FYI, you don’t say what to do with the 5 garlic cloves for the gumbo or when to put in the tomato paste in the directions. This is SO good though and I love the cauliflower rice!! Thanks for all your great recipes!

  41. Ok so my husband and I made this last night. He had slow cooked a port butt last weekend and there was a good sized chunk left and it was on the verge of going to waste (heaven forbid I waste a morsel of food in my house, I’m kinda weird about that). Anyway, what do to with this pork? I thought if this recipe I saw on your site so we made it and I just had to tell you how amazing it was. Cauliflower rice? Genus! Left overs for lunch today. It’s 10am, would it be odd if I had it now? Thank you!

  42. Silly question, but it seems unclear in the recipe. Do all 5 garlic cloves go in the cauliflower rice? Or do some go in the gumbo?

  43. I made this tonight and it is AWESOME. I am so proud of myself for starting and finishing my first ever Paleo recipe! Live by myself, so this recipe made me five meals.

    I will say that it might be time for me to invest in a food processor. Spent a good hour turning a whole head of cauliflower into “rice” using a cheese grater. My feet hurt 😉

  44. Made this a few weeks ago and my boyfriend is still talking about it! He says its in the top 5 recipes Ive ever made!! Only thing I added was some cajun seasoning I had on hand. This is definitely a staple for us now!!!

  45. Oh, and my name is pronounced “Shay-na”. I get “Sheena” all the time. Or “Shania”…ive come to live with it lol.

  46. I am just wondering, is tomato paste considered a spice? I didn’t see it in the directions to add, and therefore completely forgot to add it in (Lol)! This was DELICIOUS! Although, not having a food processor was rough, I definitely got my arm workout in today 🙂 Thank you!

  47. Does anyone know a good way to spice this up? Short of adding a bunch more cayenne? I like my gumbo super spicy.

    1. I added 1 large Jalapeño, chopped fine, plus chorizo sausages, and it was PLENTY spicy! Adding some cayenne would probably work well – the French use it in their version.

  48. This is a great recipe, especially to spin your own modifications off from. The things I did different were adding okra, 1 chopped jalapeño, chunked up chicken thigh, and 3 chorizo sausage brats from Whole Foods (the latter adds extra spiciness and flavor. It turns the top of the broth red, which is just kind of cool). I think it would’ve been better with less broth (although it’s very delicious to just drink) and wish someway it could be thickened. Maybe more okra and some added gelatin? Rate 4/5 Stars

  49. This is the first time I have seen a gumbo recipe without file (ground sassafras). Interesting. Even if this just tastes like soup, I am making this for dinner.

    Thank you so much for keeping this marvelous site – I am having a great time (read easy) finding paleo recipes that I can actually use.

  50. Just found your site by chance through a google search. Husband and I are just now trying out the whole Paleo lifestyle..havent went all organic yet, but we are working our way there! I made this last night for supper and it was sooo good! Only adjustment I might make next time is a little less Oregano. (I’m super sensitive to that spice for some reason, but hubs thought it tasted wonderful!). I am eating leftovers as we speak, and we froze the rest for later on in the week!! Thanks so much fr your wonderful recipes.. I get a little overwhelmed when it comes to meal planning. Im from the south and I cook comfort meals.. lots of starch, lots of bread lol. So its nice to come somewhere and find some amazing recipes. Thanks Again!!

  51. Juli,
    OMG. This gumbo was so good. I wish my stomach were bigger so I could still be eating it right now. Don’t feel bad about your name. It could be worse. You could be named Sydra. Then everyone would try to put an N in your name and nobody would ever pronounce it correctly.

  52. PS This is the first time I ever actually made paleo “rice.” Wow. It was actually quite tasty. Now I want a food processor, so I don’t get cauliflower all over my kitchen when I grate it.

  53. I made this tonight and loved it. Altered the ingredients to fit what I had on hand, but came out fantastic. Even the picky daughter ate it and enjoyed it – funny how that works when you don’t provide another dinner option and you let them get good and hungry!

    The favorite spelling of my name was Rachell. It was on a name tag, which I wore with pride.

  54. I made the easy shredded pork earlier this week, and used a pork loin roast instead of tenderloin. Came out delicious! I puréed the onions in the broth and stored the liquid in the fridge to add to this gumbo. Made the gumbo tonight and am SO IMPRESSED! Both recipes were fabulous and gave me a fantastic start to my Whole100. I diced the peppers, and added an orange one, as well, for color. Also, I used about a pound and a half of shrimp. It’s my favorite ingredient on the list and I found some surprisingly very fresh shrimp for a great price at the store. I think this will become a go-to at my house. The cauliflower rice recipe was great, too, but I think I like the gumbo all by itself. Thank you!!!

  55. Juli,
    Try adding at least 1/2 lb chicken gizzards to the stock as you prepare it. You can use a whole pound if you’re brave enough. Changes the character of the fluid something wonderful and the gizzards are a great tasty tender surprise after an hour or so. You can also add boiled eggs to the mix about 30 minutes prior to it being finished. It’s a nice treat for kids (whatever age they may be) as they fish around in the gumbo pot for an egg. Just boil the eggs ahead of time and drop them in awhile before you’re ready to serve. I live in S. Louisiana and have great fun making gumbo. Come see us sometime cher.

  56. Juli, with auto correct on, switches to Julie, Julia, or Julio. I honestly don’t know why anyone uses it, hard enough to type on a touchscreen without your device actively sabotaging you. Still, not necessarily them screwing up your name.

    Speaking of which, try having an “extra letter” in your nane, same thing happens even with people who knoe how to spell it. Heck, my phone tries to misspell it and my name is registered as the owner.

    Back on topic:
    Looking forward to trying this recipe. Trying to “paleo up” one of my favorite recipes is difficult. Gumbo without roux never seems to taste good.

  57. This was soooo good! I modified it a bit (used chicken legs, shrimp, and pork sausage) but it came out amazing! My bf and I ate for two days. Took leftovers to work and people kept giving me compliments on how good it smelled/looked. Thank you for sharing!

  58. I made this last night and it was delicious! I added a bag of frozen cut okra with the shrimp at the end, because I can’t not have okra in my gumbo. Really really good. Makes a lot!

  59. I so absolutely loved reading this! I wondered if you were drinking wine while writing it… but then it may be because I’m drinking wine while reading it! Can’t wait to try the recipe! Love Gumbo! BTW, feel your pain in a different way about the name… I grew up in the 70s when Amanda was unheard of… I still get asked today how to spell it… um…
    ps. I brought bacon wrapped dates to the New Years party we went to.

  60. I totally understan. My name is Victoria and people think it’s ok to call me Vicki without even asking if that’s my nickname. I hate it. My nickname is Toria. I also named one of my daughters Alysa ( Ah-lee-sa) I spelled it thag way purposely to be diffrent. People always call her Alyssa (ah-li-sa) she hates it.

  61. I made this yesterday and I will make it again! Super good! I recommend for any gumbo lover.

  62. Loved it. I order gumbo whenever see it on a menu and go out of my way to find it. It is one of my favorite foods. I highly recommend this recipe, but I used several of the suggested mods as follows: I fried 3 strips of bacon in a heavy bottomed saucepan I browned the sausage in the bacon grease, caramelized the onions in the bacon fat, added 1/8 tspn of crushed red pepper to the onions, an extra tbspn of tpmato paste and a few dashes of gumbo file 5 minutes before serving, Total prep and cook time was 1 hour.

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