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Retake Homemade: Dirty Rice With Ground Turkey

January 29, 2011

Okay, I’m gonna tell you right off that this is not a traditional dirty rice recipe because there are no livers.  I really don’t care for livers.  And truth be told, I’d actually planned to make turkey meatballs for subs or something out of this pound of ground turkey.  But we are in the middle of eliminating gluten from our diet to see if hubs is actually gluten intolerant, so bread and pasta are clearly out.  Dirty rice is in.  This dish is flavorful and healthy, making 4 servings at 377 calories and 12.8 grams of fat.


  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 12 oz. package frozen mirepoix (this is the holy trinity of cajun cooking–bell pepper, celery, and onion–and yeah you could get fresh and chop them yourself, but this shaves off quite a bit of time)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (I cooked mine in chicken stock)
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning (I used Slap Ya Mama)
  • 3 good shakes of Louisiana hot sauce (skip this if you don’t like the heat)


  1. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Add the mirepoix.  No need to thaw…any extra liquid will cook out or be absorbed by the rice.
  4. Add the garlic.  Cook until the veggies are soft.
  5. Add the rice, cajun seasoning, and hot sauce, stirring until well incorporated.
  6. Cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  7. If you’re not serving immediately, just chuck it in a casserole dish and pop it in the oven on about 200.  It’ll keep for a while.
  8. Serve with a nice side salad and a good crusty French bread (if, you know, you’re not avoiding gluten).

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2011 12:48 pm

    What a great recipe. I’m such a fan of rice dishes and with the turkey I’m sure it makes a wonderful and fulfilling meal.
    Nice finding your blog!

  2. Kristyn permalink
    January 13, 2012 3:05 am

    I tried this recipe but adapted it just used 1/2 cup celery with leaves, 1 cup onion, and one cup bell peppers; also since I had no pre made seasoning I made Emeril’s from scratch. I cooked and seasoned my veggies first then set them aside, then cooked my meat which I seasoned and drained the fat. I then mixed the biggies back in adding the rice one hot. I also added a bit of worstechire sauce for taste. This recipe was delicious and my husband loved it we will definitely be putting this in the regular mix. The turkey nor the brown rice really change this recipe it was so flavorful!

    • January 13, 2012 7:43 am

      Oh I love to hear how people adapt things! So glad you enjoyed it. 😀


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