Gumbo is served up at Dunbar's Famous Creole Cuisine on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Photo by Brett Duke, and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Looking for a sign to indulge in a hot bowl of gumbo today? Look no further. 

October 12 is National Gumbo Day!

It may not be sweater weather, but we're still willing to participate. 

Go pick up a bowl or try out one of these tasty recipes below. 

Here are some of our favorite gumbo recipes:

  • What's more Louisiana than red beans and rice? Check out this recipe for red bean gumbo from David Simmons. 
  • Zatarains shared its recipe for chicken and andouille gumbo last year. Try it out here
  • From shrimp and okra to Leah Chase’s Gumbo Z’Herbes, check out these five favorite recipes collected by Karen Martin.
  • From the 1984 Times-Picayune story about the publishing of "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen" cookbook, try this Cajun seafood gumbo with andouille smoked sausage.
  • This shrimp and oyster gumbo is an adaptation of a gumbo from what's commonly called "the NOPSI cookbook." Back in the day, New Orleans Public Service Inc., the local electric company, had a staff of home economists and developed recipes that were distributed in streetcars and other ways. Hundreds of the recipes were rounded up in a cookbook.
  • This classic recipe for chicken and sausage gumbo from Judy Walker takes inspiration from New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse.
  • This Lafayette restaurant serves umteen gallons of this gumbo at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Check out Prejean's Pheasant, Quail and Andouille Gumbo here. 
  • The classic dish isn't only for meat lovers. Try out this recipe for vegan gumbo.
  • Looking to try something a little different? Check out this Cameroon Gumbo, Nsouki-Loppa.
  • Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Keep this turkey bone gumbo recipe tucked away.