Happy Mardi Gras week everyone! Fat Tuesday was the other night and I had to make gumbo. Love love love it. The first time I ever tried gumbo was when Jim and I were first married. One of the guys stationed on the ship with him was Creole.. he and his wife came from New Orleans. All I can say is holy crap that stuff was hot! LOL And this guy kept adding hot sauce to his bowl! ACK! I don't make mine nearly as hot. I'm sure if you want it spicier, you can dump in more Tabasco, but if you've got people in your home who cannot tolerate too much heat (because there still is some heat in this), add more hot sauce to your own bowl.
When the roux turns a nice brown color, add the chopped vegetables and garlic and stir to coat all the pieces. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring often to make sure everything cooks evenly.