Cajun ‘dirty’ rice

I’ve always been a fan of jambalaya and this is a great alternative if you want to mix things up. Simple to make and you get a good sized portion that really fills you up. I prefer my food more on the spicy side so will add more cajun and some chillies to give it a kick.

F GF | 291 Kcal per serving | 4 Servings


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 200g basmati rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 400g 5% fat minced beef
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 4 bacon medallions, diced
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning, (or more to taste)
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium carrot finely chopped
  • 6 mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green, red, yellow peppers, de-seeded & finely chopped
  • 200ml beef stock (dissolved in boiling water)
  • Small bunch of spring onions, finely chopped


Cook the rice as per packet instructions, adding in the bay leaf & chicken stock cube to the water before cooking. Set rice aside once cooked.

Spray a frying pan with cooking spray & place over a medium heat.

Add the minced beef, onion & bacon & cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring until brown.

Add the Cajun seasoning & Worcestershire sauce & stir, then add the carrot, mushroom, peppers & pour in the beef stock. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the peppers start to soften.

Add the cooked rice & spring onions to the pan & stir over a medium heat until all the rice is coated & is warmed through.

Taste & add more Cajun seasoning if you prefer it spicier, then serve.

Recipe from Pinch of Nom

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