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Easy Dirty Rice Recipe

This easy dirty rice recipe with sausage and ground beef is simple to put together.  Brown ground beef and sausage, then add lipton onion soup mix, water, rice, and seasonings.  A delicious Cajun ground beef and rice casserole!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • Large Saute Pan
  • 9" x 13" casserole dish
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound hot breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery mix (1) see notes below if using fresh vegetables
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 tbsp Worcheshire sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt or cajun seasoning (2) see notes below
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large saute pan, break up and cook the ground beef and hot sausage. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery mixture. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. Drain off the grease.
    cooked ground beef and vegetables in pot
  • Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
    cooked ground beef and vegetables in casserole dish
  • Sprinkle raw rice on top.
    cooked ground beef, vegetables, and raw rice in casserole dish
  • Mix the water, onion soup mix, Worcheshire sauce, dried parsley flakes, salt or cajun seasoning, and pepper.
    onion soup mix, water, and seasonings
  • Pour into casserole dish and mix well with the beef mixture. See recipe note (3) below.
    before baking
  • Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
    dish covered with foil


(1) If using fresh vegetables, use 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, and 1/4 cup chopped celery.
(2) The hot sausage adds a nice little kick to this recipe.  Use extra cajun spices with caution or as your taste (heat) preference allows.
(3) Always "taste test" the mixture before placing it into the oven.  This is the point that you will add any extra salt or seasonings if desired.
Instead of baking this recipe in a casserole dish, you can cook it on top of the stove.  Follow steps 1-5.  Place everything in a 6-quart heavy-duty pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and slow simmer, covered,  for 30 minutes.  TIP:  Stir after the first 10 minutes, replace cover, and simmer another 20 minutes.