Not Quite Dirty Rice

Bursting with flavor but simple to make Not Quite Dirty Rice is my take on the Louisiana classic.

One of my favorite things about living in the South is the diversity is southern cooking. Just the variety of barbecue alone is amazing.

Lousiana has its own food culture with Cajun and Creole cooking being the most well known. Despite being just a few hours away I’ve never actually visited Louisiana but I like putting my own spin on Cajun and Creole recipes

This is one of those recipes. Is it fully authentic dirty rice? No, because I left out the chicken livers which give dirty rice its characteristic dirtiness.

However, it is good eating though and is fast enough for a weeknight. I cook the rice in my Instant Pot because it’s easy and I don’t have to keep adjusting the heat to prevent boil overs. While that’s cooking I brown the beef, vegetables, and seasonings.

To make it easy on me I use frozen onion and bell peppers in this recipe. I can find them for right about one dollar for a 10-ounce bag and I use roughly half a bag. If you like to use fresh just follow the amounts below.

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Not Quite Dirty Rice

Author Micha M


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced onion and bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Cajun or Creole seasoning use low sodium if desired
  • 4 cups cooked rice


  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat

  2. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic, parsley, and about 1 Tablespoon seasoning

  3. Cook until the vegetables are tender 

  4. Stir in the rice and cook for approximately five minutes

  5. Taste and add up to another tablespoon of the seasoning if desired

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Southern Plate

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