Rice is one of my go-to gluten-free grains. And this gluten-free dirty rice is better than the boxed version - with lots of spice, onions, and flavor!
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Years ago, Dylan made me dirty rice (a gluten-free boxed version) and I thought it was delicious. I also thought to myself, "I can probably make it from scratch and it will taste even better."
Friends, this recipe is a result of those thoughts. And I'm glad I had them! Everything always tastes better from scratch, and even Dylan agrees: this version is better. It's a one-pan dish, gluten and dairy-free, and super filling.
Dirty rice is a Creole/Cajun recipe, and this is my take on it. Not authentic, but a "travel-inspired" version of this dish. Making gluten-free recipes inspired by travel or destinations around the globe is one of my favorite ways to bring travel into our daily lives, especially during this global pandemic.
One of the main ingredients for this dish is, of course, RICE! We love cooking rice as a gluten-free grain on a weekly basis, and it's so much easier in our trusty rice cooker. I'm not one for having lots of fancy kitchen gadgets, but this rice cooker has been our favorite accessory for over five years- and before Instant Pots were super popular. I highly recommend a rice cooker to make this process easier.
You'll need the following ingredients for dirty rice:
-white or brown rice
-ground beef or turkey
-bell peppers, red and green
-spices: salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, paprika
The process is straight forward, and involves cooking the vegetables, browning the meat, adding the cooked rice, and finally, seasoning with spices. That's it!
Dirty rice tastes great with some sliced avocado, or even with tortilla chips. I also love melting some cheese on top, or even a dollop of sour cream! Please note those toppings would make the recipe gluten-free, but not dairy-free.
Here's the full recipe for gluten-free dirty rice!
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Gluten-Free Dirty Rice Recipe
- 2 cups white or brown rice, cooked
- 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil or unsalted butter (to make it dairy-free, use oil)
- 1 medium sweet or yellow onion, chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 heaping tablespoons of minced garlic (about 6 cloves of fresh garlic)
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey, lean (I use 95%)
- 3 teaspoons of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how much you like spice)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- salt, to taste (start slow, go with ½ teaspoon and go from there)
- tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado, for serving (if desired)
First, put the rice on to cook while you prepare the meat and vegetables. When the rice finishes cooking, add 1-2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil, to coat. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
In a large frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the bell peppers and onions, and sautee, until softened. Keep the heat on medium to medium-low so they soften and sweat, but don't let them brown. Once the peppers have softened, add the minced garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes. Move the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the ground beef or turkey, directly into the pan. Brown completely. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and stir to combine all ingredients: veggies and meat.
Finally, add in the cooked rice with 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil. stirring to combine and break up any clumps of rice that may stick together. Add the paprika, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, black pepper, and additional salt to taste. Mix thoroughly, to coat the rice, veggies, and meat. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Enjoy!
Store dirty rice in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 538Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 99mgSodium 225mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 30g
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