Dirty Cajun Style Basmati Rice

This is a rice that has a really great depth of flavors.  It’s easy to make and can be used as either a one-dish meal or a side dish.  For the most part I use it as a side dish. Traditional dirty cajun rice includes chicken livers and chicken giblets.  Not many people  in my circle like livers and giblets, so I keep the meat to ground beef or ground turkey.  I use basmati rice which gives the recipe a nice twist and it cooks quickly. Your guests will certainly ask for more, please.

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Dirty Cajun Style Basmati Rice

Course Side Dish
Keyword Basmati Rice, Cajun Rice, Dirty Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 to 8 people
Author Yasmin R


  • 1 cup red bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup yellow bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 3 scallions (plus more for garnish) chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 3 fresh garlic gloves minced
  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef
  • 1 - 1/4 cups basmati white rice
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 - 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a 5-quart dutch oven pot, heat the olive oil over medium flame.

  2. Add the peppers, celery, onions, jalapeno, and garlic to the hot oil and saute for 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

  3. Add the ground beef.  Using a wooden spoon, break up the meat to minimize large lumps and combine with the vegetables.  Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and the chopped scallions.

    Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the rice, the remaining salt and black pepper and coat with the vegetable mixture.

  5. Add the lime zest and juice and stir.  Add the 2-1/4 cups of chicken broth.  Stir, making sure all the rice grains are in the water.

    Note: The rice mixture will be covered by the water slightly.  It may look like there is not enough water in the pot.  The rice cooks quickly so you do not need more than the 2-1/4 cups water.  The rice will be al dente and not starchy.

  6. Cover the pot with a tight lid and bring to a boil.  As soon as the boiling begins, lower the flame to simmer.  Cook for 15 minutes.

  7. Turn off the stove.  Use a fork to fluff the rice.  Cover and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

  8. Plate, garnish with chopped scallions, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Cajun dirty rice recipes usually includes, chicken livers and ground meat.  I skip the livers in my recipes.  You can substitue ground turkey for the beef as I've done in the past.

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