Rich & Delicious Nigerian dirty rice recipe

Nigerian Dirty Rice Recipe

The Nigerian Dirty Rice recipe is an easy recipe for another rich and delicious Nigerian rice dish. It is a simple dish that packs a load of flavour. It is well-flavoured rice with colourful healthy vegetables. Besides the Nigerian jollof, fried rice, Native jollof etc., other delicious rice dishes are showing up on dinner tables, parties, and restaurant menus in Nigeria, and Nigerian dirty rice is one of them

Nigerian Dirty Rice is easy to make with everyday ingredients. Although it is not a Jollof rice variation, it is still a comfort food

Rich & Delicious Nigerian dirty rice recipe

Dirty Rice, a beloved dish with roots deeply embedded in Southern United States cuisine, is a flavorful and hearty dish that carries a rich history and a symphony of spices. Traditionally a Cajun and Creole speciality, dirty rice has become a soulful comfort food enjoyed across the United States and Nigeria.

So Nigerian dirty rice is an adaptation of this southern American traditional Dirty Rice. The main difference is in the seasonings used. Dirty Rice is a flavorful and beloved dish, boasting a rich blend of spices and textures. Often enjoyed at festive gatherings and family dinners, Nigerian Dirty Rice is a testament to the country’s ability to adopt other people’s cuisine and then make it their own in a good way—for example, Jollof rice (Senegal), Noodles (Chinese), Samosa (Indian) etc.

minced meat and rice frying


There are basic ingredients for Nigerian dirty rice e.g. mince meat (ground beef), but most can be substituted or left out. I usually say it is an empty-your-fridge type of recipe. Whatever vegetables and seasonings you have at hand can be used. This recipe is a basic one.

You can also include other types of meat, like liver, gizzard, chicken etc. all cut into bite size.

Ingredients for Nigerian dirty rice recipe

How To Make Nigerian Dirty Rice Recipe

2 cups Rice
3 tablespoon Vegetable oil
500g Ground Beef 
2 Seasoning cubes
2 tablespoons Chicken Seasoning powder
1 cup diced onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon dry thyme
1/2 Green bell pepper
1/2 Red bell pepper
1 scotch bonnet
1 cup red kidney beans (optional)
1/2 cup sweet corn
4 Stalks Spring Onions, chopped

Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.

In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Add the ground beef, breaking it apart with a spoon, and fry until browned.

minced meat frying over medium high heat

Stir in the seasoning cubes, chicken seasoning powder, diced onion, minced garlic, curry powder and thyme stir and fry for one minute.


Add green and red bell pepper (leave some for the end), and sauté until the vegetables are softened.

minced meat etc. frying over medium high heat

Add the washed rice, and scotch bonnet and stir to mix well.

minced meat and rice frying

Add kidney beans and sweet corn, and stir.

Pour in enough water to cover the rice by an inch. Bring mixture to a boil and turn down the heat to low.

Nigerian dirty rice in a pot with stock

Let the mixture simmer until rice is cooked and soft, stirring in between.

Rich & Delicious Nigerian dirty rice in a pot

Add Spring onions and the reserved bell peppers, stir and take off the heat.

Serve it as a side or enjoy it as a satisfying main course.

Rich & Delicious Nigerian dirty rice recipe


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