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Two bowls with Cajun rice simmered on the stove top.
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Easy Dirty Rice Recipe

Look no further for a super delicious but still Easy Cajun Dirty Rice recipe! You only need to sauté ground beef and sausage with the holy trinity of onion, peppers, and celery, then add in rice, broth, and seasonings and simmer until tender.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1-2 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive, divided
  • 1 lb. ground beef 85/15 or 90/10
  • 1 lb. ground pork breakfast
  • 1 small white onion finely diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 ribs celery finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 ¾ cups long grain white rice thoroughly rinsed
  • 3 ¾ cups beef broth regular sodium
  • 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley plus more for garnish
  • Green onions finely chopped, optional


  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large Dutch oven over medium heat along with the beef and pork. Cook for 7-8 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Use a potato masher to break the meat apart into smaller crumbles. Remove the meat from the pot using a slotted spoon or spatula and let drain on a paper towel lined plate. Reserve the remaining grease in the pot.
  • If there is less than 2 tablespoons of grease left in the pot, then add additional oil until this amount is reached along with the diced onion, bell pepper and celery. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic and continue sauteeing for 30 seconds or until it becomes fragrant.
  • Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse it under cool, running water for 1-2 minutes, or until the water runs clear. Let it completely dry.
  • Add the rice to the pot along with the broth, seasoning, salt, chopped parsley, and cooked meats. Stir everything together.
  • Turn the heat to high and bring everything to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 22-24 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and let the rice sit for 10 minutes before stirring. Serve warm with additional chopped parsley or green onions. Enjoy!



Meal Prep and Storage

  • How to prep ahead of time: You can dice the vegetables up to 2-3 days before making this dish.
  • How to store: This dish can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • How to freeze: Dirty rice can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3-4 months. For easy serving, you can freeze individual portions, as well.
  • How to reheat: It is recommended to reheat this dirty rice in a skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through, but reheating in the microwave will suffice as well.


Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1441IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg