Today: Get My No Fail, Easy Cookbook Series for 60% OFF
Buy Now

Dirty Rice

A close up of a plate of food with rice and vegetables
This easy dirty rice is bursting with incredible flavor! It can be made with pork, chicken or shrimp. You can also leave out the meat and add beans to make it vegetarian.
Jump to Recipe
Table of Contents
  1.  
  2. DIRTY RICE INGREDIENTS
  3. HOW TO MAKE THIS DIRTY RICE RECIPE
  4. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
  5. JUMP TO RECIPE

Dirty rice is southern comfort food at its best. It’s made from white rice which gets “dirty” from being cooked with pork, beef, chicken or shrimp (or switch the meat for beans to make it vegetarian). It’s combined with green bell pepper, celery, and onion plus spices. The result is a fantastic side dish OR one-pot dinner.

Love rice? You’ll want to check out our fried rice recipe as well as our cauliflower fried rice, too.

dirty rice

MORE COMFORT FOOD:
Swedish Meatballs | Easy Chicken and Dumplings | Meatloaf | Shepherd’s Pie


 

DIRTY RICE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 4 cups long grain rice (you can use white or brown)
  • lbs uncooked Italian sausage or ground beef (or ½ and ½  ) 
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 onion, diced  
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped  
  • 3-4 chopped whole Italian sausage, cooked and sliced in half moon shapes 
  • 1 10.5 oz can of diced tomato and green chiles, undrained 
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce  
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 
  • 2 Tbs Creole or Cajun seasoning  

I love that, for this dish, you can make the recipe more spicy if that’s your thing. Just add a little more seasoning and a few more onions if that’s how you like it. 

HOW TO MAKE THIS DIRTY RICE RECIPE

STEP ONE: You’ll begin by cooking your rice according to the package directions and then set aside. Make sure to cook rice to al dente and don’t overcook it, which can lead to mushy rice. (Make your rice in a instant pot.)

dirty rice

STEP TWO: While the rice is cooking, brown the Italian sausage and place in a separate bowl. Wipe the skillet, leaving about a tablespoon of leftover grease. 

STEP THREE: Combine the green peppers, onion, and garlic in a large skillet or dutch oven and cook until softened, about five minutes. 

dirty rice

STEP FOUR: While cooking, warm the whole sausage according to package directions. Slice into half-moon shapes and set aside. Once all ingredients are cooked, combine tomatoes, sausage, rice, Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, green onions, and creole seasoning.

PRO TIP: The Creole/Cajun seasoning is very salty, so make sure that you are using low-sodium chicken broth and tasting the rice before adding any kind of salt to it. 

STEP FIVE: On medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil and cover with a lid. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

dirty rice process shot

STORAGE

You can store dirty rice in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to a week.

dirty rice

Incredible, Southern comfort food works for any occasion. No matter how you serve it, this easy dirty rice will be a favorite with your gang.

MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE

EASY:  Zucchini NoodlesSweet & Sour Meatballs
CHICKEN: Cheesy Potato Casserole | Grilled Chicken
BEEF:  Goulash | Hamburger Soup | Poor Man’s Steaks
DESSERTS: Pineapple DreamBanana Pudding | Chocolate Lasagna

Get a Free Cookbook
Subscribe now to receive our FREE Sweet & Treats digital cookbook with 15 amazing desserts inside!
A close up of a plate of food with rice and vegetables

Dirty Rice

5 from 2 votes
This easy dirty rice is bursting with incredible flavor! It can be made with pork, chicken or shrimp. You can also leave out the meat and add beans to make it vegetarian.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups long grain rice
  • 1 lbs uncooked italian sausage or ground beef or ½ and ½
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup green onions chopped
  • 3-4 chopped whole Italian sausage cooked and sliced in half moon shapes
  • 1 10.5 oz can of diced tomato and green chiles undrained
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs Creole or Cajun seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
  • While rice is cooking, brown Italian sausage and place in a separate bowl.
  • Wipe pan, leaving about a tablespoon of leftover grease. Combine bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a large skillet or dutch oven and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • While cooking, warm whole sausage according to package direction. Slice into half-moon shapes once cooked through and set aside.
  • Once all ingredients are cooked, combine tomatoes, sausage, rice, Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, green onions, and creole seasoning.
  • On medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil and cover with a lid. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy with a protein of your choice!

Video

Notes

The Creole/Cajun seasoning is very salty, so make sure that you are using low-sodium chicken broth and tasting the rice before adding any kind of salt to it.
Make sure to cook rice to al dente and don’t overcook it. Overcooking can lead to mushy rice.
Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 850kcal
Have You Tried This Recipe?Follow me on Pinterest @spaceshipslb

Proudly Prepared by the Spaceships Kitchen

You May Also Like

Reader Interactions

Comments

    Leave a Comment

    Recipe Rating




    Comments

  1. Treena says

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! I have to admit we usually buy dirty rice in a package but after making this NEVER AGAIN!

  2. Cynthia says

    4 cups of raw rice or COOKED rice ? Raw rice will yield a whole lotta cooked rice…. clarify amount please….

  3. MB says

    This is calling for 4 cups of cooked rice per comment above but recipe reads as if it is calling for 4 cups of raw rice, to be cooked in step 1. Please clarify. Thanks so much.

16108

Free Membership!

Get all our new recipes straight to

your inbox plus a BONUS

download in your first email! ❤