This quick and easy vegan Mexican fried rice is so much fun to make and eat!  Its my take on the traditional Mexican rice.  I used peas instead of corn because I love how delicious it tastes with rice.  Eat it for lunch, as a side dish and part of a meal prep recipe. 

I made this recipe for a guest post on Jenny Melrose Family’s Blog.  Reprinted on Healing Tomato with permission

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

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

This is one of those delicious Mexican recipes that makes everyone in my home drool just looking at it. They made sad faces when I told them they couldn’t eat it until after I the photo shoot!

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

Its funny because it happens so often in my home and in the homes of almost all food bloggers!  The camera always gets to “eat” it first with its lens eye!

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.

Closeup Front view of Mexican Fried Rice with black beans and peas in a white bowl

Why is it called 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.  You can use basmati or any white rice to make it. White rice is also great for making a gallo pinto recipe.

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

Try these rice recipes

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.

I have a pineapple fried recipe and a peanut rice that you will absolutely love.  Its sweet and spicy which is an irresistible combination.

Do you notice that I put peas in this Mexican rice? This is the second time I have used peas in rice.  My coconut rice recipe is tastier because of the peas.

So, how will you eat this Mexican fried rice?

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

Mexican Fried Rice

Simple Mexican fried rice made with colorful peppers and Mexican seasoning
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 People
Calories 540 kcal


For the Rice

  • Tbsp Corn Oil
  • Tbsp Garlic Shredded
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds Optional
  • ¼ cup Red Onions Finely diced
  • 6 pieces Mini Sweet Peppers Use a variety of colors
  • cup Black Beans From can, drained
  • cup White Beans From can, drained
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice Uncooked
  • tsp Salt Adjust to taste
  • 1 Jalapeno Finely chopped, Optional
  • 3 Tbsp Taco Seasoning Or Fajita Seasoning
  • 5 cups Water Set about 1/2 cup aside
  • 1 cup Baby sweet peas Do not thaw, if using frozen
  • ½ cup Green Enchilada Sauce Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice

For The Garinish

  • ¼ cup Baby Sweet Peas Thawed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp Red Onions Finely diced
  • Cilantro Finely chopped


  • Heat a heavy bottom pan for 30 seconds on medium heat and then add the oil
  • Add the cumin seeds and garlic
  • After 30 seconds, add the onions and mini sweet peppers
  • Saute for about 4 minutes on medium heat making sure it doesn’t burn
  • Add the black beans and white beans
  • Saute for 2 minutes then add the rice
  • Stir fry the rice for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly
  • Add the jalapeno, taco seasoning and salt
  • Add the water, but, save about 1/2 cup
  • Cover it and let it cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  • Uncover, add the peas and green enchilada sauce
  • Cover again and cook for another 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently
  • If it feels too dry, add the 1/2 cup of water
  • When done, mix in the lime juice
  • Mix the garnish ingredients and top it on the rice
  • Serve immediately



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


Calories: 540kcalCarbohydrates: 97gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSodium: 1427mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 515IUVitamin C: 21.2mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 3.4mg
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