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I found this recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine. It's delicious, hearty, and surprisingly inexpensive! It has quickly become one of my favorite dishes. Just a heads up, this makes A LOT of gumbo. It feeds me for about 5 days. I'd guess that it would last a family of 4 about 2 days.
- 12 slices bacon (about 1/2 lb)
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomatoes, diced
- 1 (12 ounce) can tuna, solid white packed in water
- 1⁄4 cup tomato paste
- 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
- 1 teaspoon file powder, like Zatarain's (I just found a box of gumbo mix and used its flavoring because I couldn't find what she was describi)
- 1 1⁄4 cups rice, cooked
- In a large heavy skillet, cook the bacon over mid heat until crisp.
- Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
- Drain off all but 1/4 c bacon fat and return the skillet to the heat.
- Add celery and onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, tuna & liquid, tomato paste, jalapeño and 1 c water.
- Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk in the file powder, remove from heat.
- Serve gumbo over rice and crumble bacon on top.