Dirty Rice with Black-Eyed Peas

The hubby is now on a low-sodium diet--a challenge to our beans, rice, and protein meals! This a great low-sodium interpretation of dirty rice with black-eyed peas. Serve with low-sodium hot sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound turkey Italian sausages, casings removed

  • 1 pound turkey kielbasa, sliced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans no-salt-added black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves, or more to taste

  • 2 cups uncooked white rice

  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir turkey Italian sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Heat the same pan over medium-high heat and brown kielbasa slices, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the same bowl with Italian sausage.

  3. Heat the drippings over medium-high heat in the same pan. Add onion, celery, and bell pepper; saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to saute until onion is tender, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  4. Transfer sausages and vegetable mixture to a large pot. Add water, black-eyed peas, bouillon, cayenne, chili powder, oregano, basil, pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Add rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in green onions.

Cook's Note:

I used low-sodium turkey kielbasa and Herb Ox(R) brand sodium-free chicken bouillon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
12g Fat
61g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 1435mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 27mg 134%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 700mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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