Cajun Dirty Rice

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 369KCAL

This Cajun Dirty Rice is our new and improved, slimming friendly version of one of our most popular recipes this year!  You could call this… "Filthy" Rice!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories369
  • Carbs45g
  • Protein11g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Thousands of you have loved making our Dirty Rice, and we’re inundated with questions about it each week. One of the most frequently asked questions, is “can I use beef mince with it, rather than pork?”.

You can, but we think that the combination of flavours needed to be adjusted ever so slightly. So here we are, this is Cajun Dirty Rice, using beef mince.

We’ve used a variety of colourful, crunchy veg for some added texture, but you can use whatever vegetables you like. You could use baby corn, courgette, celery, broccoli or even cauliflower!

What diets is this Cajun Dirty Rice suitable for?

This Cajun Dirty Rice recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock pots/cubes
  • Worcestershire sauce

You could also enjoy this Cajun Dirty Rice if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cajun Dirty Rice recipe?

  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Cajun Dirty Rice recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Cajun Dirty Rice recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 9 Points per portion of this Cajun Dirty Rice recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

This recipe is just 9 Points per portion for those following the WW plan, a huge saving on takeaway fried rice dishes!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cajun Dirty Rice?

There isn’t anything special you need to make this Cajun Dirty Rice, though you will need some Cajun seasoning.

There are different options available in most supermarkets. We used the Tesco version which was pretty mild, but you should probably taste yours and adjust the amount you add to your tastes!

Like your Cajun Dirty Rice a little milder, or want to feed it to the little ones? Then cut down on the Cajun, and add it little by little.

If you forgot to pick up some Cajun spice mix at the shops, we also have instructions of how to make your own here.

You can also remove the fat and tails from back bacon rather than buying bacon medallions. Trim it off with scissors before cooking so that the fat doesn’t make it into the dish!

Can you cook Cajun Dirty Rice another way?

This dish doesn’t take long and works best in a pan on the hob. We wouldn’t recommend the slow cooker or pressure cooker for this one!

How many calories are in this Cajun Dirty Rice?

Each portion of this Cajun Dirty Rice is only 369 calories, This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.

This recipe is great if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. If your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding a bay leaf and chicken stock cube to the water before cooking. Set the rice aside once cooked

Step 2

Add the stock pot to 200ml of boiling water and set aside (this isn’t the water that you cook the rice in – this is separate)

Step 3

Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then cook the mince, onions and bacon until brown

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Step 4

Add the Cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and stir

Step 5

Add the carrots, mushrooms, peppers and the made up beef stock. Cook until the peppers start to soften

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Step 6

Add the cooked rice and spring onion and stir until all the rice is coated

Step 7

Taste and add some more Cajun seasoning if it’s not spicy enough

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values!

How do you know when Cajun Dirty Rice is cooked?

Once the Cajun Dirty Rice is cooked there won’t be any excess liquid and the vegetables will have softened.

The dish takes a total of around 30 minutes to cook on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Cajun Dirty Rice in the fridge?

As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but, it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.

Rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process.

If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

You should remember to do the following if you’re going to keep leftover rice:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze this Cajun Dirty Rice?

As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

How do I reheat Cajun Dirty Rice?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.

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Cajun Dirty Rice

This Cajun Dirty Rice is our new and improved, slimming friendly version of one of our most popular recipes ever! You could call this… “Filthy” Rice!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • WW
    8 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 369
  • Carbs 45G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 9 Blue
  • 9 Purple

Ingredients

  • 200 g rice
  • 400 g lean minced beef
  • 4 bacon medallions
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 6 mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding a bay leaf and chicken stock cube to the water before cooking. Set the rice aside once cooked
  2. Add the stock pot to 200ml of boiling water and set aside (this isn't the water that you cook the rice in - this is separate)
  3. Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, then cook the mince, onions and bacon until brown
  4. Add the Cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce and stir
  5. Add the carrots, mushrooms, peppers, and the made up beef stock. Cook until the peppers start to soften
  6. Add the cooked rice and spring onion and stir until all the rice is coated
  7. Taste and add some more Cajun seasoning if it's not spicy enough

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CarolineFriday 23rd March 2018

Hi could I freeze, defrost and eat cold for lunch?

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GemmaFriday 9th February 2018

How would you cook this in the actifry?

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Claire AustinFriday 9th February 2018

Made this last night. Absolutely gorgeous. Didn’t change a thing. All enjoyed it. Definite keeper recipe.

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CharleneWednesday 7th February 2018

Just made this yummmmm makes me feel I’m in USA again ???????????? thank you ladies xxx

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HTuesday 6th February 2018

Wow! Pure wonderment – all the family loved it.
Thank you x

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Doreen RobinsonTuesday 30th January 2018

If using Worcestershire sauce, please be aware that it is not gluten free, it contains malt vinegar (from barley), but you can purchase a gluten free one. Perhaps this could be mentioned in the recipe?

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Kelly MurraySunday 28th January 2018

Can you use something else rather than the Cajun spicw

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SueTuesday 23rd January 2018

Hi can this be made with quorn mince ?

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Maria HuntleyMonday 15th January 2018

Just made this and it’s absolutely delicious!

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Lucy clarkSunday 7th January 2018

We loved this recipe. So quick and easy. I used 5% pork mince that I needed to use up and it was still great. Will definitely be making this one again. Thank you ????

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NatalieThursday 21st December 2017

Hi, this dish looks amazing, but I’m sure I saw it before with pork mince. Then when I looked up the recipe again found beef and bacon. Thought I’d gone mad until I read through this page. As I’ve bought pork mince, is it just a straight swap or do I also remove the bacon? Love all of your recipes that I’ve tried so far. Thank you

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Vivienne PenningtonFriday 15th December 2017

Second time of making. Lovely dish. Only made half recipe last time. This time the full recipe. Had to transfer it to wok. Their is so much.

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AnnTuesday 28th November 2017

Made this for the first time today. Absolutely amazing. Many thanks for the recipe.

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SharonSunday 12th November 2017

Could you do this in the instant pot?

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Samantha PhillipsFriday 27th October 2017

One of our favourite go to recipes. Making it for our tea tonight. It’s also perfect to make when you don’t have loads of times especially after work when everyone is tired and wants a quick meal. I just love all your recipes. Everything comes out perfect all the time. Could do with a pinch of nom cookbook in my house.

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ArtiTuesday 24th October 2017

We don’t eat beef religious reasons. So does it work with ground chicken?

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CarrieSaturday 21st October 2017

Looks delicious but I have a problem how I turn 200g of rice to cup same with the rest of the recipe
Thanks

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LindsayMonday 2nd October 2017

Instead of a beef stock pot. Could I use a beef stock cube, say 1 to 200 ml water? Dies thatsound OK?

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Pauline RichardsonSunday 1st October 2017

We love this dish I’ve become more adventurous and now add extra speed to it and it tastes delicious every time I make it no matter what I add to it. This is one of our many favourite recipes from pinch of nom. Please keep up with the fabulous recipes you create xx

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    KarenThursday 26th October 2017

    Just made this and absolutely loved it!! Even my partner, who avoids eating any kind of vegetable, enjoyed it, so big hit in our house!!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Keep up the good work!!!!

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NatalieWednesday 27th September 2017

I made this today safe to say there’s none left it was sooooo yummy even my partner liked it!

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    LucyTuesday 23rd April 2019

    We love the dirty rice. It is so lush

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Liz CSunday 24th September 2017

Made this last night. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe.

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Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

Hi Athena,

Thanks for getting in touch! ???? So glad you enjoyed it!

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Susan JoyceMonday 21st August 2017

What do you do with the stock

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Susan,

    The stock goes in with the rice and veg ????

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Tacita WallacwSunday 13th August 2017

Is the 200g rice, dry weight or cooked weight?

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Tacita,

    It’s uncooked, dry weight ????

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Annette FrostThursday 3rd August 2017

This is amazing. I gave it and extra kick with some more Cajun mix and I hadn’t the whole family scoffing it down, even the non SW members.

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Annette,

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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AmyWednesday 2nd August 2017

Hi, when do you add the water and beef stock? thanks x

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Janet PottsWednesday 2nd August 2017

Can this be frozen ?

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Janet,

    I would always exercise caution when freezing rice to be reheated and eaten – it’s probably best to make it fresh!

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EmmaMonday 31st July 2017

Is this meant to have both chicken and beef stock in it or is that a mistake?

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Emma,

    This has a chicken stock cube and a beef stock pot so they’re slightly different. You can use whatever you like ????

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MagsSunday 30th July 2017

That looks amazing, thank you. I’m defo going to make that.

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Mags,

    Hope you enjoy it!

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Louise cookSaturday 29th July 2017

Try adding some chilli and kidney beans, it’s the boxted version chille dirty rice

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Louise,

    Sounds delish! Thanks for getting in touch!

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