Vegan Dirty Rice

A flavorful take on the classic Southern comfort dish, vegan dirty rice recipe is definitely a must try! Cooked vegan ground protein, rice seasoned with onion, celery, bell peppers, and Creole seasoning.

Vegan Dirty Rice

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What Is Dirty Rice?

Dirty rice or Cajun rice is an American Cajun/Creole dish, originally from Southern Louisiana but is now enjoyed throughout the American south.

Dirty rice is popular throughout Cajun country, especially New Orleans and is served in various forms at all public gatherings, whether it is a family reunion, potluck, cookout, funeral.

Although there are many versions of dirty rice, traditional dirty rice is made with ground beef, pork, chicken livers (giving it its dirty color), onion, celery, bell pepper, and Creole seasoning.

My version of dirty rice, I added a vegan burger for that dirty rice look. I have made it with my vegan burger recipe and Beyond burger and they were both a huge hit. I also substituted green bell pepper for red bell pepper. 

This is the perfect one pot meal that has so much flavor and it can easily be adapted with your favorite veggies and protein to be enjoyed all year round.

Why Is It Called Dirty Rice?

It is called 'dirty rice' because of the bits and pieces of browned meat studded in the rice. Traditionally long grain or medium grain white rice is used to make homemade dirty rice but I use brown rice. 

What's In Dirty Rice?

Onion, celery, bell pepper chopped for vegan dirty rice in black skillet

How To Make Dirty Rice?

Cook vegan burger following recipe instructions or if using storebought burger, cook according to package directions and cut into small pieces using a fork and knife, set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat, add onion, garlic, celery, bell peppers and cook until fragrant and soft, about 3 minutes. 

Add Creole seasoning, or use Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes.

Stir in the vegan burger, rice, salt to taste and spring onion. Cook until heated through, about one minute. 

What Goes With Dirty Rice?

Dirty rice can be served as a side, as a main or with a salad. My Vegan Gumbo Recipe tastes amazing with this Cajun dirty rice recipe with a side of Vegan Chicken Nuggets and  Southern Fried Cabbage.

Can You Freeze Dirty Rice?

Yes, you can freeze dirty rice, preferably freeze your dirty rice immediately after cooling. Place rice in sealed containers and freeze.

Dirty rice should keep for one month in the freezer. 

To reheat dirty rice you can either defrost container in the refrigerator or reheat from frozen. I usually add about 2 tablespoons of water or vegetable broth to the pan.

vegan dirty rice, cajun style. Brown rice cooked with onion, garlic, celery and bell peppers with ground burger and Creole seasoning, garnished with green onion in a large black skillet with a silver spoon on a wooden background with a black and white stripe napkin. photo is side view.

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Nutrition

Energy:
322 kcal / 1346 kJ
Fat:
6 g
Protein:
9 g
Carbs:
57 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

Preparation:
15 min
Cooking:
20 min
Ready in:
35 min
For:
8 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook vegan burger following recipe instructions or if using storebought burger, cook according to package directions and cut into small pieces using a fork and knife, set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat, add onion, garlic, celery, bell peppers and cook until fragrant and soft, about 3 minutes.  Add Creole seasoning, vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the vegan burger, rice, salt to taste and spring onion. Cook until heated through, about one minute. 

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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6 Comments
  1. Shenica Smith
    September 30, 2019

    I made this tonight but used lentils instead of rice. It was so yummy!

  2. Kathy Nuss
    September 11, 2019

    Delicious and easy! I added fresh mushrooms. Will make this again.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 11, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it Kathy and you made it your own. Thank you for your feedback.

  3. Cara
    March 26, 2019

    Yummy! Love a good one pot