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Mexican Stir-Fry Recipe

Mexican Stir-Fry Recipe

A tasty blend of peppers makes this skillet meal popular at Becky Taaffe's home in San Jose, California. "Not only have I prepared it for everyday meals, but also for church dinners, potlucks and family get-togethers. There are never any leftovers," she reports.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:2-4 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2/3 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add peppers; saute until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in the water, tomato puree, chili powder, bouillon, salt and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add the chicken, beans and rice; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 2-4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 279 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 458 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Reviews for Mexican Stir-Fry

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"Nice recipe. For once I had no complaints from the family. Only changes I made was I used a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes (what I had on hand) and I increased chili powder to 2 tbl+. We like more seasoning than called for! I used no additional salt. I used mexican blend shredded cheese at the table, as well as chopped black olives, cilantro, and sour cream."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"I used the cumin instead of chili pwd and used 4 cups chicken broth and added 2 cups raw rice to cook for 30 min"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"I would not make it as it is written but would substitute tomatoes for the water and tomato puree, cumin for the chili powder, and some other bean for the kidney beans. In Texas the Mexican people do not use kidney beans. They might use black of pinto bean. White Mexican cheese should be used instead of cheddar. Then it could be called a Mexican Stir-Fry."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"To decrease the amount of sodium in this reciped by at least half - leave out the salt, use, low sodium or no sodium tomatoe past, chicken granules, cheese and kidney beans. There is plenty of seasoning in the peppers and other herbs used in this reciped for flavor.


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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer