{One Pot Wonder} Dirty Rice

This simple recipe for a one pot dirty rice is a staple on our family meal plan. It’s a quick, easy way to dress up dinner featuring several ingredients typically always in the pantry- like ground beef, sauteed onions, green peppers, and (of course) Creole seasoning.

one pot dirty rice in a blue cast iron enameled pot

For years, we bought the box mix and simply added ground beef to it.

We were in heaven. It was divine.

It tasted great and it was quick.

Everything we ever needed or wanted in our dirty rice dinners. Or so I thought.

Sometimes I have readers send me links to recipes they think will tickle my fancy or that they want an opinion on before venturing into uncharted territory.

THAT is how this recipe fell into my lap, err inbox, late last year, and I can’t say thank you enough!

one pot dirty rice served on white plates

I wanted to share this with you all sooner.

I really did.

You see, I first made this late last year, and we loved it. But I don’t typically take pictures until the next time I make something.

I mean, I’ve gotta make sure it’s son approve and all.

So then there was the second time we made this, and all I had was a crappy picture that really didn’t do it justice, and this meal deserved better than that.

one pot dirty rice

So I used that as the perfect excuse to make it again.

And it seemed that every time I got around to making it again, and again, we were all in so much of a hurry to dig into this dish that the only photo I could get was using the hub’s cell phone!

Clearly you can see where our priorities lie. 😉

So this time around, about 9 months later, give or take a month or so, I didn’t tell anyone what was for dinner and wouldn’t let anyone near the kitchen until I’d managed to get at least one decent shot with my camera.

Once I snapped it, that was it, the troops were all over it. It was a lot like what I’d imagine feeding a pack of ravenous wolves might be like. [End tangent]

one pot dirty rice

Why Is It Called Dirty Rice?

So. Dirty Rice.

If you’re from the South, especially the deep south and any ‘bayou’ regions, you’ve probably grown up on the stuff.

For those of you not from the deep south, a fun fact about ‘dirty’ rice.  

The traditional Cajun dish get it’s name from the white rice it calls for that turns a ‘dirty’ color when cooked with small pieces of chicken livers.

Yeah. I didn’t like liver when I was little, and it’s still a no-go now.

I know, I know, your palette can change as you age, but I’m not chancing it.

No liver for this Mama.

I get my rice pleeeenty dirty using good ol’ ground beef.

Don’t like beef? Ground chicken or pork sausage both work great in this meal. 

one pot dirty rice

If you’ve got one pot, and one 20-minute window of time, you’ve got this amazing one pot dirty rice dinner that will leave you with only ONE dish to clean.

Priceless, right?!

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One Pot Dirty Rice

An easy one pot recipe, for a Cajun favorite- this Dirty Rice recipe is gonna be an immediate family favorite.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 stalk celery sliced
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley chopped, or 2 tbsp dried
  • 1-3 tbsp creole seasoning depending on how spicy you’d like it
  • 5 cups cooked rice


  • In a large skillet, heat up the oil, over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef, celery, pepper, garlic, and onion and cook, breaking up the beef while stirring, until the ground beef is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the parsley and creole seasoning, starting on the low end with 1 tbsp and tasting before leaving it or increasing the amount as desired, stirring to combine.
  • Then stir in the cooked rice, and saute for 5 minutes, or until heated through, over medium heat.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!


recipe adapted from Southern Plate
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15 thoughts on “{One Pot Wonder} Dirty Rice

  1. The dirty rice looks great, and I’m glad it’s son-approvied. I must admit, I go the other route. I take pictures the first go-round, and then don’t use them if the recipe doesn’t turn out to be my favorite. Well, there’s a lot of random pictures of food on my phone, and my mom’s phone, and even my sister’s phone that will never be used… oops! In any case, I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  2. ONE dish to clean? That is one of my dreams – so I must try making one dish meal to get that dream of mine. 😀 This meal is indeed great and awesome for today’s FF! Glad that you had the chance to take one good shot before those hungry wolves. 😀 Happy FF and have an amazing weekend!

    1. You can use a store bought, already prepared creole seasoning or you can make your own. Here’s what’s in ours:
      2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
      2 tablespoons salt
      2 tablespoons garlic powder
      1 tablespoon black pepper
      1 tablespoon onion powder
      1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
      1 tablespoon dried oregano
      1 tablespoon dried thyme

  3. Mmmm – I can see why this doesn’t last long enough to take a photo, never mind anything else! I love a bit of dirty rice and often tip in a can of kidney beans too! Thanks for sharing this with at Fiesta Friday and have a lovely week!

  4. I agree but I have always disliked the first plstotayian I’ve enjoyed consoles before it and after it but just that console idk why I guess it was the games I had for it when I was young

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