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Bojangles Dirty Rice Recipe (easy copycat)

I love this Bojangles dirty rice recipe due to loads of sausage and spicy flavors. I think it's a pretty good rendition, and you can create the amount of spice that you and your family like.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Creole, Southern
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 518kcal
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 3 cups cooked rice , white or brown
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage , ground (spicy or mild)
  • ½ large red bell pepper , chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small onion , chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper , more if you want extra spicy (optional if sausage is spicy)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic , minced
  • 1 tsp paprika , smoked or sweet (depending on amount of spice wanted)
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Dirty Rice and Beans

  • 14.5 ounces canned black beans , drained (optional alternative)


  • In a large heavy skillet, cook sausage until browned, breaking it up as it cooks (about 10 minutes).
  • Remove all but 2 Tablespoons of fat from the pan.
  • To the pan, add bell pepper, onion, cayenne, garlic, paprika, and black pepper and stir together.
  • With heat on medium, cook for about 10 minutes or until bell pepper is softened.
  • Add cooked rice to skillet, reduce heat to low, and stir. Heat 5 minutes or until hot throughout. Serve right away.

Dirty Rice and Beans

  • If adding beans, add with the rice at the end. Stir together and heat through before serving.


Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1057IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg