Easy One Pot Dirty Rice, a Cajun Classic

Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice is a delicious, easy to make one pot meal of rice, ground pork and chicken livers cooked up with some Cajun spices.


  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat or olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 poound ground chicken livers optional
  • 3/4 cups rice uncooked


  • 2 teaspoons ground red pepper cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Combine seasoning mix in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt chicken fat in a large skillet over medium high heat and sauté pork and bay leaves until meat is browned , about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add seasoning mix, onions, celery, peppers and garlic and cook until onion starts to become translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent too much sticking.
  4. Add stock and loosen all of the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add chicken livers and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered, for another 5-10 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Remove bay leaves and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen