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This dirty rice dressing recipe is the perfect spicy Cajun side dish for your holiday table! It’s easy to make and incredibly flavorful.

dirty rice dressing made with Tony Chachere's seasoning in a bowl with a serving spoon

This post is sponsored by Tony Chachere’s – thank you for supporting the brands that keep Salt & Lavender cooking! I only work with brands whose products I love. All opinions are my own.

When Tony Chachere’s approached me to create a holiday side dish using their products, I was very interested because I love Cajun and Creole cuisine. Louisiana is one of the places on my travel bucket list – mostly because of the food! I used Tony’s Creole Dirty Rice mix to make this awesome dirty rice stuffing.

Tony Chachere was a Louisiana cooking legend, and his namesake products make Cajun cooking more accessible to those of us who are less familiar with Southern Louisiana cooking.

a box of Tony Chachere's dirty rice dinner mix

I love a good shortcut, especially during this busy time of year. The rice is perfectly seasoned so you don’t need to worry about adding extra spices. It’s a practically-from-scratch dish that saves a decent amount of time.

This dirty rice dressing can be served as a side dish or stuffed in a turkey or chicken.

close-up of dirty rice dressing made with Tony Chachere's dirty rice dinner mix

What is dirty rice?

If you’re unfamiliar with dirty rice, it’s a traditional Creole comfort food dish that gets its characteristic “dirty” color from the ingredients it’s often cooked with.

What is andouille sausage?

Andouille sausage is a smoked pork sausage that originated in France and was brought to Louisiana by French immigrants. It’s a popular ingredient in Creole cooking.

What can I substitute for andouille sausage?

If you can’t find andouille sausage at your local grocery store, chorizo (especially the Mexican variety) is a good substitute. Kielbasa would also work in a pinch.

dirty rice dressing with andouille sausage and red peppers in a bowl next to box of Tony Chachere's dirty rice dinner mix

How to make dirty rice dressing

  • Add chopped onion and celery to a fairly large pot and sauté in the butter and oil.
  • Add the sausage and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, followed by the chicken broth/stock, Tony’s Dirty Rice Mix, breadcrumbs, and red bell pepper.
  • Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and let it cook for about 25 minutes (stirring occasionally so the rice doesn’t stick) or until the liquid is mostly reduced and the rice is nice and tender.

close-up of dirty rice stuffing in a bowl

If you’re looking for more holiday recipes featuring Tony Chachere’s, try my Creole Sausage Balls with Remoulade Dipping Sauce.

Hope you love this Creole rice recipe!

Questions? Ask me in the comments below.

Delicious dirty rice dressing made with Tony Chachere's! The perfect easy holiday side dish with a Creole twist!
5 from 1 vote

Dirty Rice Dressing

This dirty rice dressing recipe is the perfect spicy Cajun side dish for your holiday table! It's easy to make and incredibly flavorful.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 pound andouille sausage chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 1 (8 ounce) box Tony Chachere's Creole Dirty Rice Mix
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped


  • Scallions chopped, to taste
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)


  • Add the butter, olive oil, celery, and onion to a pot over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, prep the sausage.
  • Add the sausage to the pot, and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the garlic to the pot and cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Stir in the chicken broth, Tony's Dirty Rice mix, breadcrumbs, and red pepper. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, and then reduce the heat and cover the pot so it's simmering. I suggest medium-low heat, but you may need to turn it down even more if it's simmering too rapidly. 
  • Cook for 25 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid is mostly soaked up. I like to give the dirty rice dressing a stir several times throughout cooking to ensure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Garnish with scallions and parsley and serve immediately. 

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  1. I know this is a sponsored post with a specific brand name product featured, but for those of us who don’t live in the United States and don’t have access to Tony’s brand name items, is there a substitute that can be used? It looks delicious and I’d love to be able to make it.

    1. Hi Heather!! I wish I could be more helpful, but unfortunately I haven’t ever made dirty rice from scratch. I bet some Cajun blogs would have some really good recipes for it, and you could try adding the andouille sausage too. PS: I live in Canada and we can’t get Tony’s products here either, so I do feel lucky when I get a little shipment from them for the sponsored posts haha.

  2. 5 stars
    You know I’m a huge Tony’s fan Natasha! This looks just delicious. A nice and spicy dish that is sure to be a hit at our house! Can’t wait to give it a go! Love the video too!