One of our family's all-time favorites. Make it as spicy or mild as you please. It is hearty on a cold winter's night. If you are cooking for a crowd, this recipe can easily be doubled. Be sure to serve this with cornbread!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, sausage, and onion; drain.

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  • In a large pan, combine rice mix and 2 cups water. Add diced tomatoes and chilies. Stir in the kidney beans. Bring to a boil, then add meat mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Return to boil, reduce heat, and cover, stirring occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes, until rice is easily fluffed with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; protein 26.2g 52% DV; carbohydrates 41.4g 13% DV; fat 23.5g 36% DV; cholesterol 72.3mg 24% DV; sodium 1541.4mg 62% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
I absolutely ADORE this recipe!! I double the recipe and take to parties. I usually cut back on the ground beef a little bit. When I double the recipe I usually only use 1 1/2 pounds ground beef. I also use one can milder Rotel and one can regular Rotel, so that it's not too spicy. I also recommend starting the onion with a little garlic before throwing in the meat...YUM! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/17/2007
Being from South Louisiana, I have to say that this is more of a Jambalaya than a dirty rice, as there are no ground chicken livers in it and dirty rice does not usually contain sausage or beans. Will not make this again Read More
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169 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 99
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 1 stars
04/17/2007
Being from South Louisiana, I have to say that this is more of a Jambalaya than a dirty rice, as there are no ground chicken livers in it and dirty rice does not usually contain sausage or beans. Will not make this again Read More
(164)
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
I absolutely ADORE this recipe!! I double the recipe and take to parties. I usually cut back on the ground beef a little bit. When I double the recipe I usually only use 1 1/2 pounds ground beef. I also use one can milder Rotel and one can regular Rotel, so that it's not too spicy. I also recommend starting the onion with a little garlic before throwing in the meat...YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2007
I made this tonight, and it was great! I served it with cornbread, and it was an awesome meal! I did made some changes, though. I halved the recipe because it was only for 2 people, but as other people suggested I doubled the amount of dirty rice mix (so in my case I used 1 box of the mix). Even with making only 1/2 the recipe, I still had plenty of rice leftover--it will make great lunches along with the leftover cornbread. The changes I made included adding some green and yellow bell peppers, as well as 3 cloves of crushed garlic. I also doubled the amount of tomatoes with chilis, as I like tomatoes and spicy food. Also, since I am a vegetarian, I used meatfree "ground beef" & spicy "sausage" (I use Morningstar Farms, which tastes so much like the real thing that no one believes it is vegetarian and totally meat free!). This was really good, and I will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2005
I used one pound ground beef and one pound hot pork sausage.I took this to a pot luck at work. Most of my co-works are from Lousiana due to being so close to there. They are very picky when it comes to things claiming to be "Cajun" as most of them are. Here's a comparison my heart sank when one of the LA co-works made home-made dirty rice. I figured mine would not be touched since it came from a 'box'. However not true this recipe was eaten up first before the original. However I was informed true dirty rice uses chicken gizzards/liver. Not ground beef. But they loved it just the same. So I recommend this recipe. It's a good one! (I will leave out the tomatoes/green chili's next time - I just didn't like it and I did not add the beans either) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2006
Great addition to my pre-Mardi Gras party. I cooked it in a crock pot to finish the rice and it was terrific. The flavors were great and not to spicy for non-cajun eaters. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2007
This was an awesome dish. My boyfriend always adds tabasco to everything I make but for this dish there was no need. I used hot sausages and hot chilies with the tomatoes. Next time I may tone it down since I started to break a sweat while eating it. But it was very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2006
Great week-night dinner! Instead of 2 8-oz. boxes of rice mix I used 1 12-oz. box. To cut down on fat content I used 1 lb. of 96% lean ground beef & 1 lb. skinless chicken breast chopped. When I browned the meat & onion I seasoned w/ Emeril's Essence. I also used dark & light kidney beans Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2004
We loved this recipe but had to make a couple of alterations. I used only 1 can of Kidney beans as that what all I had on hand. But I am in agreeement with other viewers one box of rice mix is not enough. It only makes dirty meat:)so i added another box and 2 more cups of water. Also I used Hot Pork Sausage in place of the beef sausage. It makes a whole lot and every one enjoyed it. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2007
This is soooooo good. We had a Fish Fry and I made this. Everyone raved about how good it was. I used Chicken Broth instead of water and the rice was very flavorful. Read More
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