Cajun Dirty Rice – beef style

Cajun Dirty Rice – beef style

Cajun Style Dirty Rice

My Cajun  Dirty Rice recipe is a delicious recipe of beef, rice, peppers, inions and loads of other vegetables , all made in one pot on the stove.

It’s bursting with cajun flavours and quite simply it’s my go to recipes on busy nights, quick easy and delicious and you can’t ask for more than that!!

I love minced beef as an ingredient and I love finding new ways to eat it. We’ve been eating this dish in this house for many years. So I thought I’d finally share my recipe on take on this delicious dish. 

It’s not much of a looker, is it? But it tastes delicious – love it! 


A pan full of Cajun Dirty Rice


Versatile Dirty Rice (Easy) 

Now I’m going to share my recipe and what I add.

However please know you can play around and add other vegetables of your choice.

I  like to add lots of veggies and that way I know we are all getting the fibre we need 

And of course you could use, turkey mince or pork mince if you don’t fancy minced beef 

If your fancy a Dirty Rice Recipe without spice that uses all your leftovers out the fridge then try my really popular recipe 



So why is this dish called Dirty Rice? 

Well according to my research on the internet, Dirty rice is a traditional Louisiana Creole dish made from white rice which gets a “dirty” colour from being cooked with small pieces of pork, beef or chicken, green pepper, celery, and onion and spices 

Dirty rice is most common in the Creole regions of southern Louisiana; however, it can also be found in other areas of the American South and now wit’s pretty common everywhere 


So what is Cajun Seasoning?

Cancun seasoning / spices can be made yourself however I always buy the below one or supermarkets own as I thinbjk they taste pretty good! 

This one is  expertly blended with Chilli Powder, Allspice, and Thyme

Cajun seasoning is perfect for adding to Rice, Chicken, pork and Potatoes, amongst other foods 





How to make Cajun Dirty Rice? One Pot! 

(see full recipe card at the bottom of this post) 

Step 1 Fry off your beef mince 

First you fry off your minced beef in a heavy bottomed heatproof casserole dish (choose one you have a lot for) add your garlic, celery and onion until brown 

Step 2 – add the veggies to your Cajun Dirty Rice 

Then add your chopped vegetables on top, give it all a stir and cook until your veggies start to cook 



Like this 



Step 3 – add your rice, for your dirty rice dish!

Next add your rice (uncooked) and spring onions and then crumble your stock cube into the eater and add that too 

Lid on and simmer, stirring occasionally for 25-30 minutes until your rice is cooked 


Cajun Dirty Rice - with added rice ready for cooking

Step 4 – serve your delicious Dirty Rice 

Then season and serve topped with your reserved spring onion tops, enjoy!! 


What to serve with Beef Dirty Rice Cajun Style? 

Well it’s perfect as a main on its own – it’s got protein, carbohydrates and veggies all in one! 

However you can always add a salad or some veggies on the side if you fancy it or maybe some potato wedges too.

It’s good with a side of sweetcorn too 🙂 


How to store left over Cajun Style Dirty Rice?

If you  have any leftovers make sure you follow the below steps from a food safety point of view. Also I wouldn’t keep it for more than 2 days 

  • Let your  dirty rice cool for maximum one hour, please do not leave it out for any longer 
  • Pop in an airtight container and put it in the fridge immediately 
  • Store for maximum 2 days
  • You can also freeze – follow the above instructions and put in the freezer. I wouldn’t store frozen for more than 1 month 


How to reheat your Cajun Dirty Rice 

if chilled, put in a microwave dish or on the hob and heat until piping hot!! Make sure its is!!

If frozen, defrost throughly in the fridge overnight and reheat as above


Another tasty one pot rice dish 

If you like this lovely spicy dirty rice, I also think you’d like my tasty

Leftover Chicken Biryani recipe 

Chicken Biryani - Easy - finished dish


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Enjoy – let me know what you think yo this Cajun Dirty Rice recipe 

Much Love Clare x 


A pan full of Cajun Dirty Rice

Cajun Style Dirty Rice - beef

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 404kcal
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Cajun Style Dirty rice, a delicious recipe of minced beef, rice, vegetables and cajun seasoning, all made in one pot on the stove. Delicious


  • 500 g Minced Beef <5% fat
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 Sticks celery Chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun Spice or 3 if you like spice
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 Carrot Peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1 Green Pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 Red Pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 125g Mushrooms sliced
  • 200 g White Rice long grain or basmati
  • 100 g Spring Onions (small bunch) cut into pieces (reserving tops)
  • beef stock cube
  • 750 ml water


  • Take a large heavy bottomed casserole pot that can go on the hob and add your minced beef, chopped garlic, onion and celery. Fry (without oil) for 2 minutes on a medium heat, stirring occasionally
    pot of minced beef
  • Next add your cajun spices / seasoning and chopped carrots and fry for a further 5 minutes over a medium heat, stirring occasionally
  • Next add your peppers and mushrooms and continue to fry for a further 5 minutes, staring occasionally
  • Crumble your stock cube into the water
  • Then add your spring onions, dry rice and this stock and give it a good stir
    adding spring onions to dirty rice
  • Put your lid on your casserole pot and cook over a low heat for 25-30 minutes, staring occasionally, until your rice is cooked and tender
  • Once cooked, test the seasoning and add salt & black pepper if required. Sprinkle your reserved spring onions top on top and dig in!
    A pan full of Cajun Dirty Rice


*** All nutritional information is approximate and thus intended as a guide only 


Nutrition Facts
Cajun Style Dirty Rice - beef
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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