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Low-Carb Dirty Rice for Mardi Gras

This low-carb Dirty Rice is made with cauliflower, bacon, sausage, and lots of cajun flavor. It works great as a side dish or a light supper with a salad on the side. Quick and delicious!

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It’s Mardi Gras today and, although my Mardi Gras celebrating days are far behind me, it always makes me crave some Cajun food. Like this low-carb Dirty Rice.

Can’t you almost smell it? Smoky bacon, spicy sausage, zingy jalapeno, onion, and garlic all simmered together to create a combination of flavors that goes with anything. This stuff will make you happy.

It’s magic.

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I live in Texas and have for most of my life. We are aware of the existence of other states, and it’s not unusual for us to take a dish and make it our own. Dirty Rice is one of those — thus the jalapeno. Now, Cajun dishes aren’t haute cuisine. They are down-to-earth, budget-friendly, and use-what-you-got kinds of things. Dirty Rice, the authentic stuff, is made with chicken livers, gizzards, and whatever else you might have left over after butchering.

I can’t do that kind of stuff. I guess I am a terrible food writer because I don’t like fish, offal, or other foods that others seem to go nuts over. The idea of them makes me gag. I could not do the real kind of Dirty Rice for anything. This has regular stuff in there — and yes I know… sausage is all kinds of icky stuff but shhhhhhhhhhh…. I am not thinking about that. Well I am trying not to.

You can even vary the meat according to what you have.

The cauliflower goes in next to last because you want it to retain some texture. I saute it in the fat from the sausage until it caramelized a bit then toss in some chicken stock to let it steam about 3 minutes. That is usually just right for me.

You are going to need a heavy pan to get this this best texture. I use a cast iron frying pan. You can purchase the same type I use on Amazon – if you buy through the following link I get a small commission which helps support the blog. Thanks!

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Give this low-carb dirty rice a try and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Low Carb Dirty Rice

Spicy and smoky, this low carb dirty rice is made with cauliflower, sausage, bacon, and lots of other good flavors.
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American - low -carb, Creole
Keyword rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 side servings or 1 main dish serving
Calories 171kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • Olive oil as needed
  • 2 tablespoons onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons celery chopped
  • 2 cloves finely chopped or grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno chopped
  • 2 ounces ground sausage
  • 1 slice bacon chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregeno
  • 4 ounces finely chopped cauliflower about 1 3/4 cups
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet up until it is very hot.
  • Add the onion, celery, garlic,and jalapeno and saute until the vegetables get a few brown spots of caramelization on them, about 3 minutes or so.
  • Add the bacon and sausage and cook until done.
  • Season with the oregano and paprika.
  • Add the cauliflower and saute, stirring often, until caultiflower is crisp tender.
  • Add the chicken stock all at once and cook until the liquid disappears and the steaming stops. If your pan is really hot this will only take a minute or two. Don't overcook the cauliflower.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.


Nutrition information is for 2 side dish size servings.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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23 thoughts on “Low-Carb Dirty Rice for Mardi Gras”

  1. Margo Chenoweth-Pospisil

    I fixed this pretty much as written, but had no celery or ground meat, so used a left over bratwurst and some deli ham chopped fine, used bacon grease – lots of it, and some beef broth I had. It was totally DELICIOUS! Served it with mesquite rubbed chicken wings – YUM! Thanks for such a great and forgiving recipe. I’ll make this again and again with whatever I have on hand.

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