What Is Dirty Rice?

Dirty rice also (Cajun rice) is an American Cajun/Creole dish.  This rice is originally from Southern Louisiana.

Cajun rice is eaten all over the American south.

Dirty rice is popular throughout the Cajun country, especially New Orleans. It 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! This dirty rice can easily be adapted with your favorite veggies. and protein to be enjoyed all year round.

If you like Cajun food, this might become your new favorite way to enjoy it.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Nutrition

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

Cook 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. 
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

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.