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Vegan Gumbo For Mardi Gras

by | February 23, 2019

Looking for an easy vegan gumbo recipe? Keep reading ahead…

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is part of the large carnival festival that takes place in France and in other Francophone cities. In Creole culture, it features foods like king cakes, jambalaya, and of course gumbo. Gumbo is a type of thick stew featuring “the holy trinity” of vegetables (onion, celery, bell pepper) and is the official Louisiana state dish. Although gumbo traditionally features seafood or sausage, it can easily be veganized, without sacrificing its hearty deliciousness. Here is how you can make vegan gumbo at home this Mardi Gras.

Vegan Gumbo For Mardi Gras
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Vegan Gumbo For Mardi Gras


  • 3 tbsp vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped canned okra
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • ½ small green bell pepper
  • ½ small yellow bell pepper
  • ½ small red bell pepper
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 medium stalks of celery
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Parsley
  • hite rice


  1. Prepare by roughly dicing the green, yellow, and red bell pepper, onion, and celery. Set aside together.
  2. Remove the tails and caps from okra and roughly chop into honeycomb-like stars. Set aside.
  3. Remove the stem and gills from the portobello mushroom. Roughly dice into large chunks.
  4. Roughly dice the tomatoes and set aside.
  5. In a large pot, make a roux using flour and olive oil over low-medium heat. Keep whisking the flour for a few minutes until it begins to get color.
  6. Add in garlic to your roux and cook until it gets color.
  7. Next, add in your “holy trinity” of vegetables- celery, bell pepper, and onion to the roux until cooked through.
  8. Add the portobello mushroom in as well as the chopped tomatoes and okra. Cook for a few minutes and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Add in the vegetable broth to make a soup-like consistency.  
  10. Season the mixture with cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  11. Bring the soup to a boil then lower the heat so that it rests on a light simmer and stir often.
  12. The gumbo is ready after roughly thirty minutes, or when the broth has sufficiently thickened and all of the vegetables have cooked thoroughly.
  13. Serve hot over a bowl of white rice and top with a pinch of chopped parsley.

What will you cook for Mardi Gras this year? Did you like this vegan gumbo recipe? Let me know in the comments below.

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