Quick and Dirty Rice

October 11, 2010

Need a quick and easy one-dish meal?  Get down and dirty with this one.  It’s simple and quite tasty.

I got this recipe from a friend several years ago and I’ve only changed it up a little.  I know that some insist on chicken livers and so forth in their dirty rice but I just can’t abide the idea of eating liver so I leave it out.  Feel free to toss it in with the meat if you insist.  Although I haven’t tried it, I’d bet a little spicy sausage added to the mix would be good too.

  • Ground Beef, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • Yellow or White Onion, 1 medium
  • Celery, 3 or 4 ribs
  • Green Bell Pepper, 1 medium
  • Garlic, 3 or 4 cloves
  • Creole Seasoning, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  • Thyme, 1 teaspoon
  • Bay Leaves, 2 or 3
  • Rice, 2 cups
  • Beef Stock, 5 cups

Chop the celery, onion and pepper.  Mince the garlic.

Heat a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat and add the beef.  Cook it, stirring occasionally, until it’s nice and brown.  I used a cast iron dutch oven and it worked great.

Stir in the vegetables and cook for a few minutes, until they begin to soften.

Stir in the creole seasoning, thyme and bay leaves.

Stir in the rice.

Add the broth and bring it to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook undisturbed until the rice is done, about 25 minutes.

Stir it up and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

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1 Pam aka Bored Cook October 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I have only ever eaten this dish made from a boxed mix. Now seeing this and how easy it is to make I can’t believe I’ve never tried it at home before. Especially since rice of any kind is a favorite of mine.

This I’m going to have to try.

Thanks for sharing, Karen.


2 Kristen October 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I am sooooo making this this week! In fact I want a bowl of it right now. Yum!


3 Kristen October 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Made this for dinner last night, with a few variations, and we loved it! Thanks for sharing such an easy and filling, comforting recipe.


4 Karen Bove October 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Variation and improv is what it’s all about! Glad you enjoyed it.


5 Tammy T October 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

I made this for dinner last night. YUM! It was a success, everyone loved it.


6 Pamela June 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

This is my go to recipe when time is of the essence and the family loves it. Thank you.


7 becky.data July 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

thanks for the info. i make about 25 pounds of dirty rice for our community lunch program when our menu calls for it. always on the lookout for something new i can convert to big batches. i brown the rice in canolla oil, add rice, corn, tomatoes, tomato juice, seasoning, water or chicken stock if i have fresh stock. feeds a lot with leftovers for our home deliveries.


8 Kari January 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

This looks delicious. I don’t have all the seasonings but I’ll give it a go anyway. haha


9 Kari January 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Okay I’m go to the grocery store! Ugh!! lol


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