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ZATARAIN'S® Dirty Rice Mix, Original

Rice is a major Louisiana crop and a kitchen staple. This beloved dish evolved as home cooks discovered that adding spices and leftover meat would create rice that tastes a whole lot better – even if it looks a little “dirty.” Dirty rice is infused with flavors of onion and bell pepper. The dish is traditionally prepared with giblets, but Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix is delicious with ground beef, ground pork, ground turkey or any other meat of your choosing.
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Usage Tips

1 pkg. Rice Mix
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil (optional)
2 ½ cups water

Add 1 lb. cooked ground beef to complete your meal.


1. BROWN 1 lb. ground beef in 3-quart saucepan. Drain fat.
2. STIR 2 ½ cups water, Rice Mix and 1 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil (optional)  into saucepan until well blended.
3. SIMMER 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
4. REMOVE from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.  Fluff with fork before serving.


1. MIX 2 ½ cups hot water, Rice Mix, 1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained, and 1 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil (optional) in 2 ½ quart microwavable bowl until well blended. Cover.
2. MICROWAVE on HIGH 5 minutes. Stir. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 16 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Let stand in microwave 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.

Microwave ovens vary; adjust cooking times as needed.
Cooking times are based on an 1100 watt microwave oven.

Caution: Bowl and contents will be very hot. Use pot holders when removing from microwave.

Full Ingredients


Serving Size

1/4 cup dry mix (38g) = Makes 1 cup prepared

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Nutrition information (per Serving)

  • 130Calories
  • 0.5gTotal Fat
  • 0mgCholesterol
  • 520mgSodium
  • 29gCarbohydrates
  • 1gFiber
  • 0gSugar

Ratings & Reviews

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“Not a fan of the new Dirty Rice Mix, go back to the old recipe please this new one is terrible”


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  • We love this rice as a side or to mix with chicken tenders and a hot and spicy duck sauce made with cayenne pepper, regular duck sauce and lemon juice. In making the rice we use pork sausage instead of ground beef. My husband uses the rice as a side, but I mix the rice with my chicken tenders and the flavors meld very well and remind me of sort of a sweet and sour chicken dish.

    Mike Tumlin | June 29, 2016

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  • I've never liked rice but got some on a taco by mistake in a restaurant and liked it. So for taco night at home thought I'd get some that looked like the type at the restaurant and this looked like it. So I made it without adding the extra meat added to our tacos. I LOVED IT! MY NEW FAVORITE FOOD! Best food ever!

    Michelle Doutrich | May 10, 2016

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  • I thought it was wonderful. I did add the two optional ingredients listed on the package. One was olive oil, and I believe the other was cumin.

    Mark | December 30, 2014

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  • We too, got a box that was bland...but we waited over a month and bought a box at another retailer, and it was improved. Hope their manufacturing issues have been fixed! We all love this product.

    Mari | July 06, 2014

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  • We love to use this for an addition to burritos as well as taco dishes. Great added to chicken fingers plus Chinese sauces - tastes combine well!

    MICHAEL E | March 18, 2017

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  • We always look forward to "dirty rice night" when we are camping. This year everyone mentioned (actually complained about) the difference in the prepared dish. Bland was the word used most often, what the heck has happened?

    j conroy | July 01, 2014

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  • Did this product recipe recently change? It used to have a nice little kick and was one of my favorite rice mixes, but the last few times I've made it, it tasted quite bland.

    Reuben Saltzman | June 09, 2014

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  • Just made a box of the dirty rice! Nothing like it was in the past. VERY BLAND! There was very small amounts of the peppers etc. my family has love this quick and easy dinner for years. Been a while since we have had it and I will not purchase it agai! Posted pics on Facebook of ingredients and box and what I actually made! So sad!! ☹️��

    Teri Bodner | April 20, 2016

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  • I agree with the other comments. This was a meal at my house every week. It was actually one of the few meals I could fix that everyone loved but not anymore. The first box I got that had very little flavor I chalked up to a bad batch but that's not the case because I have purchased it two other times at different stores and it is just not good anymore. If the recipe has changed I wish they would change it back!

    carla | July 02, 2014

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  • I agree with Reuben, I made this last night and it had no flavor at all. It's been one of our favorites for years but I don't see myself buying it again.

    William Chick | June 18, 2014

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  • I knew it wasn't just me. I'm upset the recipe changed. Leave well enough alone. My Sunday football staple is no more.

    Eve | October 29, 2016

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  • The amount of salt in the dirty rice reminded me of trips to the beach as a kid, & being inadvertently force fed gulps of the ocean by

    No | January 16, 2017

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  • Not a fan of the new Dirty Rice Mix, go back to the old recipe please this new one is terrible

    Tom | April 21, 2017

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