Cajun Dirty Rice

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Dirty rice is a Cajun specialty. The typical combination includes ground chicken or turkey livers and gizzards with onions, broth, green pepper and garlic. The dish gets its name because the cooked gizzards give the rice a "dirty" appearance.
  • Prep30 min |
  • Total1hr 20min |
  • Serves 6


    • 2 cups uncooked rice
    • 1/2 lb ground beef
    • 2 each chicken livers
    • 6 chicken gizzards
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 3 ribs celery, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 each bay leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
    • 2 cups water
    • 4 each scallions, snipped
    • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped


Combine livers and gizzards in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover and simmer until cooked through. About 15 - 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Saute ground beef in oil, breaking into small pieces, until brown.
Add onion, bell pepper and celery to beef. Cook until onion is transparent but not brown.

Put chopped livers and gizzards through blender. Add to meat mixture with the seasonings and 2 cups water.

Simmer for 30 minutes, remove the bay leaves and set mixture aside.

Boil rice as usual, and when done, mix with other mixture. Add chopped green onion and parsley.

Reheat all till nice and hot, remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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