Dirty Rice Recipe From Louisiana

Bring the taste of the deep South into your kitchen with this Louisiana Dirty Rice Recipe. It’s a delicious merriment of rice, meat, and an array of spices to create a symphony of flavors. We love it so much that it’s been added to our collection of Simple Rice Recipes!

Long grain rice is combined with andouille sausage, French Onion Soup, tomato sauce, and a few other ‘Louisiana staples’ to produce a soul satisfying and flavorful dish.

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Dirty rice is a testament to the innovativeness and resourcefulness of Southern cuisine. Due to the nature of ingredients, it can be enjoyed as either a side dish or a main course, which makes it a unique culinary experience.

Reasons Why You Should Make this Dirty Rice Recipe

  • The ingredients pay homage to the deep South
  • You can substitute the main ingredients to your liking
  • Creation of the recipe takes minimal effort
  • It can easily double to feed a crowd

Ingredients and Tips for Making Dirty Rice

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  • Long Grain Rice: This is the main ingredient in the entire recipe. Don’t skip it. We like to use Jasmine rice.
  • Andouille Sausage: This is one of the many flavorful ingredients. You can actually use any type of cajun/creole sausage, however Andouille is our favorite.
  • Onions, Celery, and Bell Pepper: Also known as the ‘holy trinity’ when it comes to Louisiana cajun/creole cuisine and serves as the base.
  • French Onion Soup: Adding a can of this soup gives the rice a deep, brown texture as well as a savory onion-y flavor. We enjoy Campbell’s French Onion Soup.
  • Tomato Sauce: This is what turns a Cajun dish into a Creole dish. Creole dishes contain tomato products as well as seafood.
Lousiana Dirty Rice Recipe served in a small white bowl on a cloth napkin and a wood surface.

How Do You Store this Louisiana Dirty Rice?

Bring the rice to room temperature before storing. Store in an air tight glass container, such as these Pyrex Glass Food Storage Containers. It can stay refrigerated for up to 4 days.

What Exactly is in Dirty Rice?

Savory Louisiana dishes usually start with chopped onions, celery, and bell pepper (also known as the ‘holy trinity’) as their base. From there, the rice is added along with other flavorful ingredients and spices.

What to Serve With this Louisiana Dirty Rice Recipe?

You can surround this recipe with other side dishes such as fried okra, stuffed peppers, olive oil green beans, coleslaw, and hush puppies. For main dish ideas, try making short ribs or our recipe for Slow Cooker Lemon and Rosemary Chicken.

What is the Difference Between Jambalaya and Dirty Rice?

Typically, dirty rice has a combination of ground meat and chicken livers. This is what gives the rice a brownish color. Jambalaya, on the other hand, contains a mix of shrimp, chicken, and/or sausage. The recipe above is a mixture of both recipes.

More of Our Favorite Rice Recipes

If you enjoy the recipe above, then check out more of our favorite quick and easy rice recipes from our family and friends:

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Louisiana Dirty Rice

Bring the taste of the deep south into your kitchen with this Louisiana Dirty Rice Recipe! It's the perfect merriment of symphonic flavors!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Deep South
Keyword: easy, rice,
Serves: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 391


  • 1 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 1 cup Andouille Sausage (chopped)
  • 2 cups long grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 10 ounce French Onion Soup
  • 8 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
  • Layer the chopped green onions, chopped green bell pepper, chopped celery, and chopped Andouille sausage in the casserole dish.
  • Spread the 2 cups of uncooked rice on top of the chopped vegetables and sausage.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the French Onion soup, tomato sauce, water, and cayenne pepper. Stir until fully mixed.
  • Spread the liquid mixture on top of the uncooked rice in the casserole dish.
  • Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for an hour and a half.
  • Serve immediately.

Libby’s Notes

Time Saving Tips:
Chop the green onions, bell pepper, celery, and sausage a few days before cooking. Store in the fridge until ready to assemble. 
Recipe Source: Adapted from the cookbook, Mardi Gras to Mistletoe.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 616IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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