Hmmm…Is there really dirt in my rice?

A lot of tasty Cajun cooking comes from humble beginnings. The Cajun people were often farmers who couldn’t afford a great deal of fancy food and they had to work hard to stretch what ingredients they had. Cajuns often used a variety of spices and innovative cooking techniques to liven up their inexpensive dishes. Dirty rice is a classic example of Cajun thriftiness.

In an attempt to use every part of a chicken, Cajuns chopped up the liver and other unused bits to make a flavorful broth that made normally bland rice much tastier. Of course we live in easier times now and we get to use choicer ingredients to make our tasty dishes!

Let’s Make Some Dirty Rice!


1 pound ground sirloin

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup uncooked brown or white rice

2 cups fat-free beef broth

3/4 cup water



Show the kids the different colors of rice explaining how brown rice is better for you! Younger kids can always set the table and older kids can help clear the table and rinse dirty dishes!


  1. In large nonstick skillet, cook beef, garlic, celery, onion, and green pepper over medium-high heat until meat is done and vegetables are tender. Add Worcestershire sauce, stirring well.
  2. Add rice, broth, and water, mixing well. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover, and cook 25-30 minutes, or until rice is done.

Makes 8 servings


Get Up & Geaux Activity!

Before you fill up on rice, try some Fast and Furious Froggy Jumps!




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