Cajun Dirty Rice

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 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!

Hints & Tips

Below we added some of our communities most common hints and tips. We hope you find them useful.

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I added turmeric & curry powder to rice with the stock cube.
Love how you can add different veg & tastes amazing
NEW TIP
This is so quick and easy to make.
Prepare all ingredients first and then just have to add to pot.
NEW TIP
I used smoked bacon for extra flavour
Extra spice
The recipe as it is is amazing however we like spice in our house. I add chilli flakes and an extra teaspoon of cajun and it gives the dish just a like extra kick. It has now become a firm favourite in our house.
This is one of the very first recipes that went viral
I used pork mince this time with some remaining mini corn cobs in the fridge
A lovely dinner for the start of the week . I split the recipe in half but it is enough to pop one in the freezer for another night
Added extra spice and used whole peppers instead of half
I cook the rice first and set aside then add to the pan at the end rather than try and do all together

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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
  • KCals 369
  • Carbs 45G

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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JoanneWednesday 20th April 2022

Hello
I love this dish and was just entering the recipe into my fitness pal. However at 11g protein surely that’s incorrect? 100gr of mine has approx 20gr protein alone

Thank you

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    HollyFriday 22nd April 2022

    Hey Joanne, Thanks for your message. We understand that it can be frustrating that apps and websites might not match up on calorie counts. However, the recipes have been double & triple checked for accuracy. There are a lot of reasons that the calories can differ; calories can be different after an ingredient is cooked in a particular way, or different brands of ingredients can vary the calorie count substantially, for example. Unfortunately the apps available to the general public do not account for this. Hope that helps!

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