Mexican Fried Rice

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Mexican Fried Rice is filled with ground beef, bell peppers, black beans, corn, and green chile. This is a kid favorite that the whole family enjoys.

This is such a versatile dish! We’ve made it a few times already. Served on its own exactly as the recipe is written, this is a one-pan meal that everyone loves. However, each time we make this, we get more creative with it.

Mexican Fried Rice with Bell Peppers, Black Beans, and Corn

Scoop the Mexican Fried Rice over a salad to create a “taco salad” that is sure to thrill any salad lovers. (Just don’t forget the Fritos!) Fill taco shells, burritos, or cheesy quesadillas for a hand-held meal.

Sean and Sam like to top their rice with a generous extra drizzle of hot sauce. Ben and Nate typically add cheese and sometimes sour cream to their rice. However we make it, this meal is a winner.

Mexican Fried Rice is filled with Ground Beef, Bell Peppers, Black Beans, and Corn

Mexican Fried Rice Recipe

  1. Set a large mixing bowl next to the stove. Warm 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the bell peppers and continue cooking until tender. Transfer to the waiting bowl.

  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Crumble the beef as it cooks. Sprinkle the meat with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper as it cooks. Drain excess grease, if necessary, and add the beans, corn, and green chile. Stir to combine.

  3. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, just to warm everything. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Transfer the meat mixture to the mixing bowl.

  4. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Add the cold rice and stir to coat. Continue stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes. Add the hot sauce. Stir well, to distribute the sauce throughout the rice. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the rice is heated through.

  5. Add the meat and vegetables back to the skillet with the rice and stir to combine.

Mexican Fried Rice

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Spicy Mexican Fried Rice is filled with Ground Beef and Black Beans

Mexican Fried Rice with Beef and Peppers

4.8 from 5 votes
Spicy Mexican rice filled with ground beef, peppers, black beans, corn, and green chile is a kid favorite that the whole family enjoys.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped small, about 1 cup
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons plain or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1 14 ounce can of corn, drained
  • 1 7 ounce can green chiles, about 2/3 cup
  • 4 cups COLD cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons Cholula hot sauce, or the hot sauce of your choice (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped small

Instructions

  • Set a large mixing bowl next to the stove. Warm 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the bell peppers and continue cooking until tender. Transfer to the waiting bowl.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet. Crumble the beef as it cooks. Sprinkle the meat with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper as it cooks. Drain excess grease, if necessary, and add the beans, corn, and green chile. Stir to combine.
  • Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, just to warm everything. Taste and adjust spices as needed. Transfer the meat mixture to the mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Add the cold rice and stir to coat. Continue stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes. Add the hot sauce. Stir well, to distribute the sauce throughout the rice. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently until the rice is heated through.
  • Add the meat and vegetables back to the skillet with the rice and stir to combine. Taste and add adjustable hot sauce, if desired. Top with cilantro and green onions before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcal · Carbohydrates: 38g · Protein: 13g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Cholesterol: 40mg · Sodium: 144mg · Potassium: 280mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 628IU · Vitamin C: 20mg · Calcium: 26mg · Iron: 4mg
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  1. Mark says

    Made this tonight and substituted mushrooms, finely chopped, for the ground beef to keep it vegetarian. Easy and tasted great served over lettuce with a dollop of yogurt and verde salsa on top. Luckily there are leftovers…

    I could see this as an easy pot luck dish.4 stars

  2. Kyle McGlinn says

    Maybe I missed it, but do the green onion and cilantro just go on top as garnish? Also could I make the ground beef with my regular taco seasoning? Would I drain excess juice after it cooks before the next step? Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

  3. Mava Reome says

    We love this recipe, but I have a question….when do you add the green onion and cilantro? I stirred it in right before serving, and it worked.5 stars

  4. Bad Hombre says

    As a mexican I’m really …intrigued? by this bizarre amalgamation. At least it actually seems tasty and it’s not drenched in sour cream or covered with cheddar cheese

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hey there, Bad Hombre. I’m intrigued and amused by your name here as well. This is a very tasty dish that mixes my love of fried rice with the Mexican flavors that my whole family enjoys. And for what it’s worth? My youngest kids love it topped with a dollop of sour cream AND some cheese too. To each their own, right? As long as the person eating the meal thinks it’s tasty, everyone is happy.

  5. Anita Devery says

    My husband and I loved this recipe! Great idea I added avacado and fresh tomatoes. Also instead of using white rice I made my family’s Mexican rice fresh and just folded in at the end! Was so yummy! Definitely will add to our monthly dinner menu and leftovers for taco salad!5 stars

  6. Karen A Schebler says

    Excellent flavors. Easy to make. There are 3 of us and we have plenty left over for another meal. Will definitely make again.5 stars