Mexican Fried Rice with Peas (Vegan)

April 2, 2018 by Rini Desarin

How do you make Mexican Fried Rice? Its very easy to make this vegan fried rice and it takes only 30 minutes to make.  I used fresh veggies in this recipe and added taco seasoning for an authentic Mexican flavored meal.  Trust me, even meat lovers are going to love this recipe!

Mexican Fried Rice in a white bowl served with tomatoes, peas and red onions

I am a rice aficionado and I have made no apologies for it.  Being Indian, rice is in my blood!

Indians have rice recipes for every meal and yes, that includes breakfast and drinks!

Hello everyone! Its Rini again from Healing Tomato bringing you a delicious Mexican recipe that has everyone in my home drooling.  They made sad faces when I told them they couldn’t eat it until after I had photographed it.  Its funny because it happens so often in my home and in the homes of other food bloggers!

Mexican Fried Rice in a white bowl served with a side of peas, red onion or tomatillos.

This rice is always popular when I make it at home.  We like to put it in enchiladas and even quesadillas.  This rice is so versatile and easy to make that you just might end up making it everyday and never get bored with it.

This Mexican fried rice is a mashup of Asian and Mexican cuisine.  The fried rice is just one of the ways that Asians cook their rice and that’s why its so popular.

Mexican Fried Rice in a white bowl with a towel in the background and red onion, peas and tomatoes next to it

Why is it called Mexican Fried Rice?

So, why is it called fried rice?  Well, its because of how the rice is cooked initially.  When I add the rice, I stir-fry it for a few minutes before I add the water.  This makes them slightly crispy and also less soggy.

The Mexican flavors in this recipe include taco seasoning.  I have also used fajita seasoning and even Cuban seasoning.  The possibilities are limitless!

For the rice, I went with basmati rice.  Its my favorite rice and I rarely use any other types of rice.  If you don’t have basmati, any long grain rice will work in this recipe.  If you are health conscious, go with long grain brown rice.   The only thing to keep in mind is that the rice might require a little less water than the recipe calls for.

Mexican Fried Rice with black beans and peas in a white bowl

If you are looking for Cinco de Mayo recipes, this Mexican fried rice will work with almost any meal on your menu.  It’s the right side dish for any meat recipe or wrap it in a tortilla and enjoy it as a vegan burrito.

Do you notice that I put peas in it?  This seems completely against the grain, I know.  But, it really adds to the flavor of the rice and I wanted to try something other than corn in this recipe.

Corn is the safe choice, so, if you are not a fan of peas, then, definitely substitute it for peas.  But, I ask you to try it once and see how good they taste.  Use baby sweet peas for best results.

So, how will you eat this Mexican fried rice?

Mexican Fried Rice Recipe

This Mexican Fried Rice comes together in 30 minutes and is even vegan.

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Mexican Fried Rice

Simple Mexican fried rice made with colorful peppers and Mexican seasoning

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Rini Desarin


For the Rice

  • 2.5 Tbsp Corn Oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Garlic Shredded
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Optional
  • 1/4 cup Red Onions Finely diced
  • 6 pieces Mini Sweet Peppers Use a variety of colors
  • 2/3 cup Black Beans From can, drained
  • 2/3 cup White Beans From can, drained
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice Uncooked
  • 2 tsp Salt Adjust to taste
  • 1 Jalapeno Finely chopped, Optional
  • 2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning Or Fajita Seasoning
  • 5.5 cups Water Set about 1/2 cup aside
  • 1/2 cup Baby sweet peas Do not thaw, if using frozen
  • 1/4 cup Green Enchilada Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice

For The Garinish

  • 1/4 cup Baby Sweet Peas Thawed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp Red Onions Finely diced
  • Cilantro


  1. Heat a heavy bottom pan for 30 seconds on medium heat and then add the oil

  2. Add the cumin seeds and garlic

  3. After 30 seconds, add the onions and mini sweet peppers

  4. Saute for about 4 minutes on medium heat making sure it doesn't burn

  5. Add the black beans and white beans

  6. Saute for 2 minutes then add the rice

  7. Stir fry the rice for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly

  8. Add the jalapeno, taco seasoning and salt

  9. Add the water, but, save about 1/2 cup

  10. Cover it and let it cook on medium heat for 10 minutes

  11. Uncover, add the peas and green enchilada sauce

  12. Cover again and cook for another 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently

  13. If it feels too dry, add the 1/2 cup of water

  14. When done, mix in the lime juice

  15. Mix the garnish ingredients and top it on the rice

  16. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

The amount of water will depend on the type of rice you use.  This recipe uses basmati rice. 

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Caldo de Polla (Mexican Chicken Soup) – Thrift & Spice


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