Southern Style Dirty Rice

by 247tasty

Servings: 8-12 (1 c. per serving)

If you love New Orleans’s traditional dirty rice, I am pretty sure that you’ll dig this Southern version. It’s made with ground meat instead of chicken gizzards and livers, but this tastes so close to the other original you’ll not mind the slight difference. Mix in the seasonings, and you’ll have an incredibly flavorful rice meal that you can easily make from scratch.

My husband enjoys this Southern Style Dirty Rice more than anyone! He’s constantly requesting it, and I don’t mind because this has been my family’s top pick for years, and I can easily throw this together in a snap. This is also a complete meal by itself.


2 tablespoons of butter
2 pounds of ground meat
2 tablespoons minced Onion (used McCormick’s)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 c. uncooked long-grain white rice (used uncle bens)
1 1/2 tablespoons of Zatarain’s Dehydrated Sweet Bell Peppers
6 1/2 c. water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
dash of paprika on top for taste
4 tablespoons Creole Seasoning (used Zatarain’s)

How to make Southern Style Dirty Rice?

Step 1: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks, until no longer pink. Drain when done and set aside.

Step 2: Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Then, add the seasonings along with the butter. Stir well before adding the meat and rice. Return the mixture to a boil, then adjust the heat to low. Put the lid on and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Step 3: Take the pan off the heat when done and let the dirty rice stand for about 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

Step 4: Serve the Southern Style Dirty Rice with a dash of paprika. Enjoy!


Feel free to use fresh peppers and onion if desired.

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