The sad fact of the matter is, most of us won’t make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But that’s no reason to forsake some of the city’s classic cuisine.

This year, honor Mardi Gras by making jambalaya at home. It’s the perfect dish for out-of-towners — it’s easy, it’s weeknight- and kid-friendly, and it’s extremely versatile.

While there are the usual basic approaches to jambalaya — Creole and Cajun among them — there really are endless variations on this dish.

So we decided to put a local spin on jambalaya, with variations playing up ingredients drawn from the Southwest.