Dirty rice with sausage is a great meal for those nights when you are looking for a quick and easy dinner.
Most of my shopping is done at Aldi (I feel they have the best prices). I purchased the stock, rice, bell peppers and the sausage there. The other items are kept in my pantry on a regular basis. Rice is a very inexpensive grain and it will keep in your refrigerator for a long time. All of these items came up to just over $5.00 – this dish serves 6. I think that is a pretty good price. Dirty rice with sausage freezes well also.
Lately I just can’t seem to get enough of food with a bit of “heat” in it. I think Big is getting pretty tired of it, but she is being a good sport and not complaining. Lately I have been searching for recipes with chipotle peppers, jalapeños, poblanos and more! This dirty rice recipe is one of my favorite rice recipes.
The recipe calls for green bell peppers, but I opted to use red and yellow peppers. I think the taste is the same but the color of the dirty rice is much more vibrant. We eat with our eyes first, so I wanted to make sure that my eyes were happy with what would soon be going in my mouth.
The amount of heat can be raised or lowered with this recipe. It will all depend on the type of sausage you use and the amount of the Cajun spice seasoning. I used a hot sausage but could have easily used a mild pork sausage. I stuck with the tablespoon of Cajun spice seasoning, for me it was the right amount of spice and heat. Of course, this is a great area to adjust to your tastes. Not everyone is into heat like I am !
- 1 pound ground pork (I used the spicy pork)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/2 large red or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 TBL Cajun spice seasoning (see my post on how to make your own)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3 cups cooked riced, chilled
- Salt to taste
- Cook rice according to directions on package. Set aside to cool.
- In a large cast-iron or heavy skillet heat oil over medium-hight heat. Add ground pork and cook until the meat is brown (about 6 - 8 minutes). Stir often. Stir in the onion, bell peppers, celery, garlic, cajun seasoning and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in the stock making sure to scrap the bottom of the pan to loosen any brown bits. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and continue to cook until the rice is heated. Remove rom heat. Salt to taste. Serve hot.
I hope you will give this recipe a try. With a little bit of rice, sausage, veggies you can create a great meal your family will love without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Your wallet will appreciate it too!
Read more recipes and frugal tips:
- 50+ Rice Recipes
- Easy Homemade Spice Blends
- What I buy at Aldi (and a few things I don’t)
- Grocery Store Busters
- 11 Easy $5.00 Meals
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