Cheesy Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya Hot Dip Recipe

5 from 2 votes
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Hot and Cheesy Jambalaya Dip is an easy Cajun appetizer recipe loaded with chicken, shrimp, and a spicy kick! Everyone will love this Mardi Gras food to add to your Fat Tuesday party menu or as a game day snack. Get your chips and veggies ready!

Dipping a chip into a cheesy jambalaya dip

Disclaimer: I received free product and coupons from Cabot Creamery Cooperative. I was under no obligation to write this post and no additional compensation was received. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hot Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya Dip

I’m guessing that some of you might think since I am a food blogger, that hot dog night and pizza delivery night rarely happen in my house. Guess what? I hate to burst any bubbles you might have, but we totally do.

Oh sure, I’m often creating new recipes or making recipes from my friends’ cookbooks (like these BBQ Chicken Tostadas) or blogs. And I do totally love to cook.

But let’s keep it real – life gets busy.

Sometimes I just have to break out the box of mac and cheese. And sometimes the biggest raves come from scrambled eggs with cheese or a Costco rotisserie chicken.

Have I totally lost all of my food blogger credibility?

Can I get it back if I tell you that the family devoured this hot shrimp jambalaya dip?

The classic New Orleans dish is transformed into a cheesy game day snack or Mardi Gras appetizer. It’s loaded with chicken, sausage, shrimp, and Cajun spice. And let’s not forget all the cheese. It’s the perfect warm dip for snacking, and is even gluten free and keto-friendly!

forkful of cheesy hot jambalaya dip

Hot Jambalaya Shrimp Dip

Combine the Holy Trinity of onions, celery, and bell peppers with the traditional combination of chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp. Kick it up with Cajun seasoning, and stir the jambalaya mixture into a creamy blend of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and my favorite Cabot cheeses (a mixture of Monterey Jack and Seriously Sharp Cheddar).

In no time at all, you’ll have a baked dip that is cheesy, melty, and delicious!

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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Then it’s time to break out the chips or veggies or even just a spoon…

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Bell peppers
  • Garlic
  • Cooked chicken
  • Andouille sausage
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Creole seasoning
  • Shrimp
  • Cream cheese
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cheddar cheese

How do you make Cheesy Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya Dip?

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a 2 qt. baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Saute celery, onion, and peppers in a skillet, then add garlic.
  3. Add the chicken and andouille sausage and cook until sausage is browned.
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, and shrimp, and simmer until shrimp are cooked through.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and cheeses. 
  6. Stir in the jambalaya mixture.
  7. Spread in prepared dish and sprinkle with more cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake until heated through and bubbly.
scooping up cheesy jambalaya dip with a tortilla chip

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you dip in Jambalaya Dip?

  • Tortilla chips
  • Pieces of crusty bread
  • Veggies like celery or bell peppers
  • Pork rinds

Is Shrimp Jambalaya Dip gluten free?

Not only is this a cheesy, gluten free dip, but with all of the meats and cheeses, it’s also a low carb dip! If you’re eating gluten-free, make sure to use gluten-free chips; low carb eaters, use some celery or bell peppers.

Can shrimp dip be frozen?

Generally, dips that are high in fat, like the Shrimp Jambalaya Dip, freeze pretty well. Keep in mind that cream cheese can separate a little bit when frozen, so you may need to stir it a bit before reheating.

scooping dip out of a white casserole dish with a bell pepper

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Jambalaya Dip
5 from 2 votes

Hot Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya Dip

The classic New Orleans dish is transformed into a cheesy game day snack or Mardi Gras appetizer. It’s the perfect warm dip for snacking!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 small green or yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup cooked chicken or turkey, cubed
  • 2 links andouille or other smoked sausage, quartered lengthwise and diced
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, more or less to taste
  • 4 oz raw shrimp, peeled and deveined and chopped into small pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature (I used light)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese (I used Cabot)
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese divided (I used Cabot Seriously Sharp)
  • Tortilla chips or vegetables for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2 qt. baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add celery, onion, and peppers, and saute for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are translucent and tender. Add garlic and cook for another minute or two
  • Add the chicken and andouille sausage, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for an additional 5 minutes, or until the sausage is browned.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes and Cajun seasoning, and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the shrimp and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and additional Cajun/Creole seasoning, if needed. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, Monterey Jack, and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Stir in the jambalaya mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
  • Serve with chips and vegetables for dipping.

Notes

Can be assembled ahead of time and baked before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya Dip
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 386mg16%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy! Originally published on Feb 21, 2017.

15 Comments
  1. DeVona

    Ingredient list says 1/2 cup cheddar, but directions use a total of 1 cup cheddar. Making this for Bunco night on Fat Tuesday! How perfect is that!?!

  2. Kristy

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I think it will be the perfect addition to my upcoming Mardi Gras party. Check out my blog post for my party decorating and serving ideas!

    1. Anne marie

      Quick question: can u make this as stated but instead of putting in oven to bake , throw in crockpot on low for about 6 hours or so?

  3. When I saw your photo of the hot Jambalaya dip, I thought it would make a good snack while watching a movie, Brianne. Then I look at the ingredients wit the meats; I can replace my supper with this too! For this, I would boil cauliflower instead of chips.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I think that’s what makes this jambalaya dip so good, Leo. It can be a meal in itself! I love your idea to have cauliflower instead of chips. Yum!

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