Going Coastal Recipes: Tex-Mex Fried Rice

What happens when you combine the flavors of the Rio Grande with the stir-fry technique of the wok?  Lunch, that’s what.  In this recipe I use typical Tex-Mex ingredients like black beans, salsa and corn cooked together in the traditional cooking method of Southeast Asia.

Tex-Mex Fried Rice
Cooking oil (used as needed)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup corn
1 cup shredded, pulled or diced roast chicken
1 teaspoon BÚFALO® Chipotle Hot Sauce
1 cup drained black beans
1/4 cup Herdez salsa rojo
2 cups cooked white rice
1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped


Chili powder taste
Salt and pepper to taste

In a wok or large skillet heat enough oil to cover the bottom a quarter inch deep until shimmering but not quite smoking.  Add onion and saute for 1 to 2 minutes before adding the garlic.  After another 2 minutes of cooking add the corn and toss or stir for another 2 minutes before adding the chicken, Chipotle hot sauce and black beans.  Cook for about 3 minutes tossing occasionally.  Add the salsa tossing just until heated through.  Make a hole in the center of the wok then add a tablespoon or so more oil and heat.  Add the rice to the oil and allow to cook for a few minute before stirring together and then season to taste.  Once heated through move from the wok to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro, chili powder and maybe a little more salsa.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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