Fat Tuesday Gumbo

Guilt-free Mardi Gras Gumbo

Ah, Fat Tuesday.  Mardi Gras, as most folks would say.  How I love the sweet aroma of gumbo and king cake.  And there’s something so satisfying about making a cow out of myself for this one day since I can justify it by sacrificing something monumental over the next 40 days.  Like caffeinated sodas, for instance.  That’s what my 5-year-old is giving up for Lent.  Never mind that she isn’t allowed to drink caffeinated sodas except on special occasions…like Easter.

Anyway, Fat Tuesday is all about pigging out, so I figure it’s the perfect day to start a cooking blog.  However, I must include a pretty large caveat here – if you are planning to get fat from this blog on Fat Tuesday, forget it, because Super Momma can’t make her babies fat, even on Fat Tuesday.  Stuffed with scrumptious food?  Yes.  Begging for more?  Definitely.  But the recipes on this blog will be low in saturated fat and cholesterol as well as packed with protein and veggies.  That said, I refuse to cook anything twice (or give out a recipe) unless it’s super yummy.  So plan to find only the tastiest stuff here.  Even your kids should dig this food.  Well, most kids.  I’m not making any guarantees for the ultra picky who won’t touch anything but chicken nuggets and French fries.  But for those kiddos who are willing to at least sniff carrots when they are doused in honey, these recipes should do the trick in a big way.

Finally, and here’s the real kicker – these recipes (unless noted otherwise) will not keep you in the kitchen all night.  Most should take no longer than 20 minutes to prep, occasionally 30 for the doozies that are well worth it.  And then Super Momma has a few minutes to breathe (or do a load of laundry) while dinner is in the oven or simmering in the pot.

So here’s to all you Super Mommas (and Super Daddies) – this blog’s for you.  You can feed your kids a quick and yummy meal that won’t break the bank or your belt, and still get everyone to bed on time.  And Fat Tuesday is a great day to commit!  Celebrate the richness of life with your family by fixin’ up some soothing creole comfort food with Super Momma’s inaugural recipe, Guilt-free Mardi Gras Gumbo.  It’s all in one pot for easy clean up, and it’s sinfully good…but not sinfully bad.  Now shake that booty.

Guilt-free Mardi Gras Gumbo

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Serves 8 (plenty for leftovers!)

  • Prep time:  20 to 30 minutes
  • Simmer time:  30 minutes


  • Approx. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic (or thereabouts), minced/pressed
  • Approx. 1 pound chicken apple sausage (about 5 large links…I buy this at club stores such as Sam’s Club)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (fresh ground if you have it)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 12 oz beer, preferably amber ale (or your favorite vinegar)
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes (preferably petite diced)
  • 2 cans red beans, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth


  • In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering but not popping.
  • Add the holy trinity (onion, green pepper, and celery) and cook about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Meanwhile thinly slice sausage into bitesize pieces.
  • Add the garlic to the pot, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Stir in sausage and spices.  (If garlic starts to burn, lower the heat.)
  • Stir in the beer and bring to a simmer.  (If you’d rather not use beer, just add 1 to 2 Tbsp vinegar instead…any kind will do…I prefer white wine vinegar, but apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or plain old distilled works great.)
  • Add tomatoes, beans, and broth, and bring to a simmer.  Stir well, and simmer on very low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The longer it simmers, the thicker it will get.
  • Serve over your favorite rice.

10 thoughts on “Fat Tuesday Gumbo

  1. Love the blog! This looks so much healthier than the gumbo I made Tues. I may be shaking a little bigger booty! I’ll try this one next time!

  2. Hello there, former neighbor!! I was THRILLED to see that this recipe is not only healthy easy, but allergy friendly (no eggs, dairy and gleuten)…..so I can eat it!! Can’t wait to make this on Saturday. We miss ya!

    • Meg!! We miss y’all too! So glad to hear you can eat this one! You’re inspiring me to do more allergy friendly stuff!! Please tell everyone we said hi! Missed y’all this past Halloween…we had a great party…but would have been even better if Marilyn and Elvis had been there!

  3. I’m your new Colorado devotee. I just ordered the Tramontina that you recommended. I’ve wanted a Le Creuset for years and wouldn’t break down to buy one. Your recommendation for the Tramontina led me straight to the Walmart website and their 97 cent shipping sealed the deal. As soon as it arrives, I plan to make your gumbo!

    I hope you’ll keep the blog going.

    • Paula, that’s so exciting!! Hope you love it as much as I do! I come close to kissing mine each night. 😉 One thing you just reminded me of that I should have put in my post…when the dutch oven arrives, you will want to season the rim of the pot and the rim of the lid where the cast iron is not covered with enamel. Otherwise it might rust. I rubbed a very light coating of veggie oil on the exposed cast iron and stuck it in the oven at 400 for an hour, then let it cool in the oven overnight. Works like a charm!

  4. My dutch oven arrived yesterday. I seasoned it, made your scrumptious gumbo, and sang your praises with every bite. I’ve forwarded your blog to friends. You’re going national! Thanks to Ann Denton for posting your blog page on FB.

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