Dirty Brown Rice

I’ve made this dish a zillion times for all kinds of occasions. It’s not a glamorous dish, but it has won over the hearts of millions…okay, so maybe a hundred at best.

I love that it’s easy, versatile, transports well and reheats into awesomeness the next day. The recipe originally came out of some magazine, but it’s morphed so much that I’d call it my own.


Dirty Brown Rice

  • 1/2 lb crumbled sausage
  • 2 chopped bell peppers, any color
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c salsa
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 c cooked brown rice
  • 1/2-1 c chopped parsley (or cilantro)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-4 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • optional–diced cooked sweet potato, fresh tomatoes, corn, etc

Brown sausage in olive oil, drain and remove from skillet. Add peppers, onion, garlic and salsa to the pan and cook over medium heat until soft, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Stir in sausage, green onion and 2 Tbsp water. Cook 2 minutes, then toss with rice and remaining ingredients. The spinach will wilt when you toss it with the rice mixture and it all turns into a festive block party in your mouth. It’s prettiest when you use red and orange peppers, in my opinion, but yummy no matter what.


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One Response to Dirty Brown Rice

  1. Terra Mynhier says:

    I think it’s hilarious that you prepare this dish not remotely close to the bayou. Hilarious in a good way. Glad it transcends over multiple state lines. Hope you saw your poem. Happy Mother’s Day. I love and miss you all!

    Sent from my iPhone

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