This Easy Dirty Rice is the perfect recipe! Made with cajun seasoning, ground beef, white rice, celery, onion, and garlic this dish is flavor packed!

easy dirty rice in a dutch oven

If you’re looking for a go-to side dish that is packed with flavor, then you’re going to love this easy recipe. Of course it can easily be a one pan meal on its own as well. Dirty Rice cooks in one pot and tastes great with a variety of dishes. The authentic cajun flavor shines through in this flavorful dish!  We loves serving this for dinner as a simple side with oven Baked Chicken Thighs or Cajun Garlic Baked Salmon!

What is dirty rice?

Dirty rice is a classic Creole recipe.  It’s made with with white rice and cajun flavors. The “dirty” name comes from the dirty color it gets from being cooked with ground beef, green bell pepper, celery, onions and seasonings. These ingredients also add a lot of flavor.

how to make dirty rice with a few easy steps

How to make easy dirty rice

This rice dish cooks in a large Dutch oven or pan in less than 35 minutes.

  • First, cook the beef. Add the ground beef to a large pan set over medium heat. Crumble the beef with a spatula and cook for 5 minutes, or until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Next, add the onion, garlic, green bell pepper, celery, Cajun seasoning and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the rice and beef broth.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 23 minutes.
  • Allow the rice to rice for 5 to 10 minutes and then fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Serve the rice with your favorite main dish, or eat it as a main meal along with a side of the easiest ever Drop Biscuits!

dirty rice made in a dutch oven with cajun seasoning, beef and a few simple ingredients


4.97 from 193 votes

Dirty Rice

This Easy Dirty Rice recipe is the perfect side dish! It's made with cajun seasoning, ground beef, white rice and a few other ingredients.
Servings 6 servings



  • Add ground beef to a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pan set over medium heat. Crumble with a spatula and cook 4-5 minutes until no pink remains.
  • Add onion, garlic, green pepper, celery, Cajun seasoning, and salt. Stir until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add rice and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered about 20 to 23 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  • Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Garnish with green onions or parsley before serving.



Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 783mg, Potassium: 524mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1025IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe but I doubled it. Turned out great. It took a little longer for the veggies to cook because there was more of them and I only had to cook it covered on low for 20 minutes because it took longer to come to a boil. Everyone loved it. We ate it as a meal.

  2. 5 stars
    My dad used to make this dish all the time when I was growing up and I haven’t had it in 16 years since he passed away. I made this last night and it was like a taste of my childhood. I don’t know how to explain it. It was exactly how I remembered it. Very simple dish, but very filling and comforting ❤️