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Homemade Beef and Bacon Instant Pot Dirty Rice

Dirty rice made with onions, bell peppers, ground beef and bacon. This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes with the help of your instant pot!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Instant Pot Pressurizing 16 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Cost $15

Equipment

  • instant pot or pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef (90/10)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeño, optional seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 ⅓ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • a dash of cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley chopped

Instructions

  • On the sauté setting of your instant pot, cook bacon until crispy. Remove to a clean plate covered with a paper towel to absorb any extra grease. Set aside.
  • With the sauté setting still on, add the ground beef and worcestershire sauce to the pot and cook the beef in the bacon grease until almost cooked through.
  • Add onion, celery, green pepper, garlic, and jalapeño (if using) to the beef. Stir to combine and cook until the onion becomes soft and slightly translucent.
  • While, the vegetables are cooking, crumble the bacon into small pieces.
  • Add bacon to the pot, along with the rice, chicken broth, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
  • Cover with the lid, place the valve in the sealing position, and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  • When the time is up, allow the dirty rice to naturally release for 15 minutes before switching the valve to the venting position and manually releasing the rest of the pressure.
  • Fluff rice with a fork, remove the bay leaf, and mix in freshly chopped parsley before serving.

Storage

  • To store: Allow the rice to cool completely before scooping it into an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator. Store leftover dirty rice up to 5 days.
    To reheat: Reheat leftover rice by drizzling a small amount of water over top, then microwave for a minute or until the rice is warmed through.
    To freeze: Freezing is not recommended.

Notes

  1. If you don't have an instant pot or pressure cooker, you can make this recipe on the stovetop instead.
    To make beef and bacon dirty rice on the stove, follow the directions in the same order, but use a large stock pot and increase the chicken broth to about 4 cups.
    After sautéing the bacon, beef, and vegetables according to the recipe instructions, bring the rice, broth, and other ingredients to a boil.
    Cover with a tight lid and turn the heat to low. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes before removing from the heat and fluffing with a fork.
  2. To prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot, fluff it with a fork right after it's cooked, making sure to gently scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot. Don't let the cooked rice sit in the pot for very long. Instead, remove it entirely from the instant pot and serve it out of a large serving bowl or platter.