One Pot Meals, Rice

Jalapeno Mexican Fried Rice | How to make Mexican Fried Rice | GF and Vegan

As her age would demand, my teenager loves spicy and tangy food. Today’s dish was specially made for her school lunchbox as she wanted to something ‘teekha and chatpata‘. If you have previously cooked and cooled rice (which I do) , its a breeze to make this even on rushed school mornings to pack this for the lunchbox.


Of course, being a school senior now, she doesn’t take lunchboxes anymore (sigh!!) and prefers the varied fare at the school cafeteria. But this is surely a hit for teenagers or pretty much anyone who loves spicy food. 



Prep time – 10 mins, Cook time – 10 mins, Serves – 2

Cooked and cooled rice – 1 cup (240 ml)

Jalapeños – 2 to 3 (adjust spice) – thinly or thickly sliced

Salt – to taste

Frozen peas – 1/2 cup (opt.) – I add this to add protein to the carb-heavy dish

Carrots – minced fine -2 TBSP – (optional)

Olive oil – 2 tsp

Spicy red chilly paste – 1 tsp

Chopped tomatoes – 1 large / 2 medium

Onion – 1 medium (minced fine)

Garlic – 2 pods (minced fine)

Smoked paprika – 1/2 tsp (I used kashmiri red chilli powder)


How to:

In a thick pan, heat oil. Saute the garlic and onions till onions turn translucent. Now add the chopped tomatoes (blitzed coarsely), frozen peas,carrots, salt and sprinkle little water. 

Cook and cover till the tomatoes turn mushy and soft (about 4-5 mins). Now add the spicy red chilly paste, red paprika and stir well. Now add the jalapeños and saute for 1 min. Add rice in the end, stir well without making it mushy. Serve hot or warm. Ideal for school lunchboxes too ! 


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  1. Suma Gandlur

    A quick fix meal. The rice sounds easy enough to prepare and close to the flavors we are used to.
    Here my kids are the opposite. They would stay hungry rather than eat at school cafetaria. The food and the veg options are that good in US schools.☺

  2. Perfect dish to make with the leftover rice. I know when kids grow they do not want to take food from home, I have one here too. Jalapeno mexican fried rice looks super delicious. I love jalapenos, when ever i make any non veg biryani, i just roast or fry them in 1/2 spoon of oil or u can even just bake it applying little oil. They taste too good.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Jalapeños are the highlight of the Mexican Cuisine and a rice with it sounds really very flavourful . Perfectly made rice which will be enjoyed by all .

  4. That is surely a hit with kids who loves spicy food, good one Kalyani.

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    Nice pick for the alphabet. The rice looks really spicy and absolutely yum.

  6. Sharmila Kingsly

    Mexican rice are always a delight… beautifully done..

  7. Wow! I am sure my older one will love this. Looks very tempting.My kids never like to eat in the school cafeteria as there is usually a long line and it is a hassle to wait etc. Moreover how can amma be stress free and not worry about lunch boxes, right?

  8. I am going to try this for Raghav. For the past two months, he is asking me to make super spicy food. It's sudden change. This is indeed a chatpata one.

  9. CookwithRenu

    Ah I have yet to start with Mexican cooking and this dish looks a perfect start. Simple, easy and spicy

  10. I love spicy fried rice a lot and yours looks so irresistible, can't wait to try it.

  11. This sounds so spicy and flavourful!! I think teenage girls love spicy food. I too have a teenager in house who just loves anything spicy!! I think I shall make it for her this one..

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