New Orleans is famous for a lot of things — like its uninterrupted nightlife, its jazzy music scene, and, of course, the vibrant celebrations of Mardi Gras. But the thing it might be celebrated for most is its distinct cuisine. Louisiana is a wonderful melting pot of African, French, and American cultures that bring us the spicy Creole and Cajun dishes we crave. The good news is these mouth-watering dishes are totally doable in your very own kitchen. From meaty jambalaya to shrimp dinners, these 12 Creole recipes will help you kick dinner up a few notches.

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1. Sweet Corn and Crawfish Chowder: This creamy and dreamy chowder is inspired from the NOLA classic, crawfish étouffée. The stock itself is made from corn water to enhance flavors, making this a tasty hit. (via A Sue Chef)

2. One-Pot Creole Shrimp Boil: If you’ve spent any time at all in the “Big Easy,” you’ve probably picked your way through a finger-lickin’ shrimp boil. Spiced to perfection, this dish leaves nothing to be desired. (via Aberdeen’s Kitchen)

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3. The Best Chicken Fingers. Ever.: The days of dunking chicken strips into ketchup are gone; these tender and crispy Creole-spiced chicken fingers are set in a sweet tea brine and soaked in buttermilk. (via Whiskey and Soba)

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4. Kickin’ Jambalaya With Cauliflower Rice: All the meat and heat of a true jambalaya without the feeling of being weighed down. This recipe brings riced cauliflower to the mix for a substantial dinner that won’t send you into a food coma. (via My Lavender Blues)

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5. Slow Cooker Spicy Creole Pulled Pork: The Carolinas know how to rock pulled pork more than anyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dabble. This melt-in-your-mouth creole-spiced pulled pork just *might* make you forget about the classics for a moment. (via Easy GF Recipes)

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6. Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta With Sausage: Sometimes you just want to add your fave flavors to a heaping pot of pasta. If Cajun-spiced shrimp and sausage is your jam, you need this scrumptious fettuccine whirled around your fork stat. (via The Hungry Bluebird)

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7. Crawfish Étouffée: Crawdads are smothered in a sauce that puts the holy trinity of Cajun cooking to use to give you warmth, spice, and everything nice. (via Southern Boy Dishes)

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8. Vegetable Étouffée: With a little determination and creativity, people on plant-based diets can enjoy the flavors of Creole cooking too! This one is vegan-friendly, packed with veggies, and loaded with those notable Bayou state flavors. (via My Goodness Kitchen)

9. Crock-Pot Red Beans and Rice: Rice and beans are a staple in many countries, and everyone adds their own lovely flair to the mix. These easy peasy Creole red beans and rice give a nod to our very own Louisiana. (via Gimme Some Oven)

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10. Creole Shrimp Jambalaya: This seafood-packed jambalaya is what dreams are made of. With Spanish and French influence, it only takes an hour from start to finish. (via That Girl Cooks Healthy)

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11. Shrimp and Artichoke Soup: This healthy spin on a Southern classic will make your collective jaws drop. Despite being grain-free, dairy-free, and Whole30-approved, it’s just as warm and comforting as the original! (via The Organic Kitchen)

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12. Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo: When you can’t decide between pork, poultry, and shellfish, just eat ’em all. This glorious gumbo let’s you do just that, and it’s the best thing ever. (via Saving Dessert)

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