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Mardi Gras Vegan Gumbo

Even if you eschew the shrimp and sausage, you can still deliciously ring in Mardi Gras with a steaming bowl of belly-warming gumbo. This vegan gumbo features warmly spiced vegetables and rice.

Even if you eschew the shrimp and sausage, you can still deliciously ring in Mardi Gras with a steaming bowl of belly-warming gumbo. This vegan gumbo features warmly spiced vegetables and rice.
Even if you eschew the shrimp and sausage, you can still deliciously ring in Mardi Gras with a steaming bowl of belly-warming gumbo. This vegan gumbo features warmly spiced vegetables and rice.

Mardi Gras Vegan Gumbo

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 medium zucchini, diced

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo sauce, minced

  • 6 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) sliced okra

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Hot sauce to taste

  • File powder to taste

  • 3 cups cooked long-grain white rice, hot

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley


Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, carrots, celery, and zucchini. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables start to soften, about 6 minutes.

  2. Stir in garlic and chipotle. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  3. Add broth, tomatoes, okra, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add hot sauce and file to taste. Ladle over rice and garnish with parsley.


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