Dirty rice is a classic Cajun dish from Louisiana that is typically made with chicken livers and/or gizzards and ground meat. The meats and spices give the rice its signature “dirty” look, hence the name. It’s a full of flavour and can easily stand alone or work as a perfect side to another dish. And while you may have seen this particular kind of meal in a box from a food truck or mall cafeteria, there’s nothing like making dirty rice from scratch.
This dirty rice recipe is made with ground beef, but feel free to substitute ground chicken, turkey, or ground pork. Long-grain white rice is traditional and is used in this version here, but if you prefer to use another rice like wild or brown, keep in mind that the cooking time will increase greatly.
Serve dirty rice (sometimes simply called Cajun rice) with extra hot sauce for spice lovers, and perhaps a fresh green salad, collard greens, or a cool coleslaw on the side.