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Copycat Popeye’s Cajun Rice

Copycat Popeye’s Cajun Rice

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A spot-on imitation with bold flavor and easy preparation.

There are some restaurant dishes we fall so in love with that we can’t help but want to make them in our own kitchens so we can have them at a moment’s notice, any time we want. If you’ve had Popeye’s Cajun Rice, then you already know it’s one of those dishes. So well-spiced (but not spicy) and hearty enough to make a meal of, it’s humble comfort food that is easy to make and quite simply, just downright tasty. (And when you make it yourself, you get to control all the ingredients!)

Serves 6
5m prep time
20m cook time


2 cups long grain rice
4 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chicken gizzards, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, minced
1/2 yellow onion, minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon creole seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 cup water
Salt, to taste


Rinse rice well and transfer to a heavy-bottomed pot with a lid.

Add beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and let cook 20 minutes.

While rice cooks, add oil, ground beef, chicken gizzards, bell pepper, and onion to a large skillet over medium high heat.

Cook until beef is no longer pink, about 8 minutes.

Stir in garlic powder, celery seed, creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Add 1/2 cup water and stir to combine.

Add rice to veggie mixture and stir to combine. Serve, and enjoy!

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