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  • Writer's pictureHeather Marie

Homemade Dirty Rice

Updated: Mar 22

I have been trying for months to get a picture of this one so I can post my recipe, but every time I go back to the pan, it's empty. I grew up on a box variety of this yummy cajun inspired dish and always loved it. Overall the concept was so simple I knew I should be able to make a clean healthy version from scratch. It took a few more attempts than I'd like to admit, but I finally got it and you will love it! This strays a little from my standard 30-minute meals, but the extra few minutes is worth it, I promise. Here we go!


What you will need:

  • 1-1 1/2 lb Ground Turkey

  • 1 C Brown Rice

  • 14 oz Can Beef Broth

  • 2 Bell Peppers (any color will do) - Chopped

  • 1 Medium Onion - Chopped

  • 3 Stalks of Celery - Finely Chopped or Minced

  • 2 tsp Garlic - Minced

  • 1-2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning - More or less depending on how spicy you prefer.

  • If you don't have any, try my recipe here: Homemade Cajun Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Beef Base or other beef flavoring.

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

How to prepare:

In a medium saucepan bring the beef broth to a boil, add the brown rice and cover. Let simmer on low until it is needed later. (If you are using white rice instead of brown you can skip this step and add everything to the pan at once)

In a large sauté pan brown the turkey over medium heat until brown, but not completely dry. Add the beef flavoring and stir thoroughly. Add the bell peppers, onions, celery and garlic and stir until well mixed.

Pour the brown rice and beef broth into the pan.

Add Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Stir well and cover. Let simmer about 30-40 minutes, or until the rice is done and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir occasionally if your pan tends to stick.

Depending on how the rice cooks you may need to add 1/4 c of water if needed.

Serve alone or with sour cream or cheese and tortillas. Serves 4-6. I could make this once a week and my friends and family would love it!



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