Spicy Mexican rice filled with ground beef, peppers, black beans, corn, and green chile is a kid favorite that the whole family enjoys.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Mexican Fried Rice
3tablespoonsolive oil, divided
1/2small onion, finely diced, about 1/2 cup
4garlic cloves, minced
1large red bell pepper, chopped small, about 1 cup
2teaspoonsplain or smoked paprika
1/2teaspoonsalt, adjust to taste
115 ouncecan black beans, rinsed well and drained
114 ouncecan of corn, drained
17 ouncecan green chiles, about 2/3 cup
4cupsCOLD cooked white rice
2tablespoonsCholula hot sauce, or the hot sauce of your choice(adjust to taste)
1/4cupgreen onions, sliced thin
1/4cupfresh cilantro, chopped small
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!