Mexican Fried Rice Two Ways

Mexican fried rice – gosh there are a myriad ways of making this favorite Mexican dish. Here are a couple of recipes for Mexican fried rice – one with spices and one without. Give each of them a try and you may find you like them both.  One afternoon I was sharing a menu with my friend Iya for a quiet Friday night dinner with a plan to make Mexican rice and Mexican mashed pinto beans . Iya, who loves to cook was curious about my rice recipe and asked me how I make my Mexican rice. Honestly, I just came up with this recipe years ago and have been making it like this forever – I use taco seasoning in my Mexican fried rice. When Iya heard that I use taco seasoning she was surprised, she had never heard of that before.  I shared my recipe and since we were sharing recipes Iya shared her version as well and I decided to give both the recipes a try.

My Recipe for Mexican Fried Rice


  • 1 cup long grain white rice cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely cut
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • Salt
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Cook 1 cup long grain rice and set aside.
  • In a large pot heat 2 tbsp oil. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent about 5 minutes.
  • Add taco seasoning and stir into the onions.  Next add the celery, tomatoes and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes until the peppers and celery are tender.
  • Add the cooked rice and salt and mix into the vegetables.  Cook covered for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Mexican fried rice is done.
  • Serve with garnish of fresh cilantro.

Iya’s Recipe for Mexican Fried Rice


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 cup crushed or stewed canned tomatoes with their juices
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Salt
  • Cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a pot and lightly fry the rice in oil until the color changes to bright white. This will take no more than 1-2 minutes.


  • Add the garlic, onions and green bell pepper and fry the veggies along with the rice for an additional 3 minutes until the the aroma of the veggies come through.


  • Please be careful in this step as the water can splatter when it hits the hot rice and oil.  Add 2 cups water, 1 cup crushed tomatoes in their juices, salt and stir together.   Bring the rice mixture to a boil. Lower the heat. Cover the pot and cook rice on low heat for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, turn the stove off.  Let the rice rest covered for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Next uncover the pot and gently fluff the rice.  Mexican fried rice is ready.


  • Serve rice with garnish of fresh cilantro.


11 thoughts on “Mexican Fried Rice Two Ways”

  1. Hi Kalpana, your Mexican fried recipe looks so good and quite easy to make it. I have made it before but without the celery. Will use the celery next time. Thanks for posting yet another great recipe.

  2. Hi Kalpana, this looks great. I notice you used long grain white rice. Is it okay to use basmati rice? Thanks.

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