Hearty Gumbo


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time50 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Hearty Gumbo

(Photo: Erik Putz; Food styling by Ashley Denton; Prop styling by Madeleine Johari)

Try out a creative, cajun-spiced spin on this classic stew.


  • 3 tbsp canola oil

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 227-g pkg cremini mushrooms, quartered

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp Cajun-Inspired Spice Blend, (see Kitchen tip for recipe)

  • 1 796-mL can plum tomatoes

  • 1 celery stalk, sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 3 cups okra, (about 15 pods), cut in 1-in. pieces

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 540-mL can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  • Heat a pot over medium. Add oil, and then onion and mushrooms. Cook until softened, about 5 min.

  • Sprinkle flour and spice blend over vegetables. Cook, stirring often, for 2 min. Add tomatoes and juices, breaking them into bitesized chunks with a wooden spoon. Stir in celery, pepper, okra and broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is slightly thickened and vegetables are almost tender, 17 to 20 min.

  • Add beans and simmer until heated through, about 3 min. Stir in parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Kitchen tip

Get the Cajun-Inspired Spice Blend recipe.