1/2poundsmoked beef sausagehalved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1cupfrozen orkathawed (optional)
1can14-1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
2 1/2cupschicken broth
2 teaspooncajun or creole seasoning
3/4 teaspoonchili powder
1/2teaspoonhot pepper sauce
1 pounduncooked medium shrimppeeled and deveined
1cupcooked white rice
In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions, bell pepper and garlic in oil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until flour has cooked off, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in remaining ingredients except shrimp and rice. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir shrimp into gumbo. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm. Stir in cooked rice and remove bay leaf.