Thursday, March 15, 2012

Asian Mexican Fusion

That's right we're mixing it up. A few nights ago for dinner we combined Sriracha Fried Rice with Chorizo and Asian Marinated Fajitas. Asian and Mexican flavors collided and Ryan and I could not get enough of the leftovers. They were a match made in heaven! Simply delicious. 

This fried rice uses Sriracha, which Ryan loves. It's a spicy Thai hot sauce, very tasty...very tricky to spell and pronounce. Just one more reason that Ryan and I were made for each other: we both love spicy food. I mean burn-your-lips-off spicy. I feel bad for those we love, who come over for dinner. We try to tone it down, but it's difficult (especially for me). I'd rather it be too spicy than bland.

BUT... before you run away, let me just say that this fried rice is not spicy (at least not to us, but I do suppose our taste buds may have burnt off by now). It's got an incredible amount of flavor and a very subtle heat. If you're still worried about the spice level, just nix the serrano peppers (replace with green onions for color) and reduce the Sriracha to 1 Tbsp.  

Sriracha Fried Rice with Chorizo

Inspired by My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice, cooled
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 9 oz. pork chorizo
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 Serrano peppers, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. hot water
  • 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Green onions or chives, for garnish
Cook brown rice using a rice cooker (or stovetop if you prefer). Put rice into a bowl and chill in the fridge (this can be done the night before). Once cool, stir melted butter into the rice and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together Sriracha, sugar, and hot water. Set aside.

In a wok or large skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat. Remove from wok and set aside. Add diced onion and red bell pepper to the skillet and saute until softened . Add in sliced serranos and minced garlic and saute another minute or so.

Add rice to the veggies in the wok. Pour the Sriracha mixture over the top and stir well. Stir fry for about 5 more minutes, or until rice starts to crisp up.

Crack the eggs into the rice and stir as the eggs scramble and cook. Cook for about 3 more minutes, stirring often. Stir in chorizo. Finish with soy sauce and sesame oil; stir well. Garnish with chives or green onions.

This is my favorite fajita recipe. It's adapted from a recipe given to me by my good friend, Katie, in college. The tortillas in the photo were actually a little old and on the stale side. So we actually ate the fajita steak and veggies right on top of the fried rice, sans tortillas. It saved me some carbs and I didn't miss the tortillas at all. So I dare you to try this Mexican Asian Fusion combo. You'll love it!

Asian Marinated Steak Fajitas


  • 1 lb. round steak, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 dashes Mongolian Fire Oil (or any hot sauce)
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cornstarch
In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and hot sauce. Toss the sliced round steak in the mixture and let marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature. While the meat is marinating, slice the veggies.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the steak AND all of the marinade. Once browned, remove the steak using a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the veggies to the remaining marinade* in the skillet. And cook for about 10 minutes, until the veggies have softened. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into a tablespoon or so of cold water. Add to skillet and whisk to thicken up the sauce. Return steak to the skillet.

Serve with warm tortillas (or not, if you want to eat it on top of some chorizo fried rice, like we did).

(*The marinade cooks through completely, so it's safe to eat. I've always done it this way, because the veggies soak up all of that amazing flavor. If you're worried about it, just strain the steak from the marinade before cooking and leave out the cornstarch.)

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  1. I am the world's biggest spice wuss. I do love thai curry, but most of the time I spend more of the meal gulping water than eating

  2. Sounds delicious. Looks like a great spin on the traditionally asian fried rice!

  3. Ohhhh goodness. This looks fabulous. The two heat loving men in my household are going to be swooning at the sight of this. I can't wait to make it. AND to browse through the rest of your recipes. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! I guarantee they will love it!

  4. Made this last night and it was awesome. This definitely goes into the filing box to make again. For the fried rice, when you say "In a small bowl, mix together Sriracha, sugar, and hot water," how much water do you typically add? I did about a tbsp (but halved the recipe), and although I LOVED the spiciness and flavor (I think it's because I'm pregnant), but husband's mouth was on fire. Just trying to figure out the proper ratio of sriracha/water. Thanks

    1. Whoops! I didn't realize I left that out, sorry about that. It's fixed now. I used 1 Tbsp. hot water (for the full recipe). It sounds like your taste buds are as brave as ours. However, unless you want to punish your husband next time, I would cut the Sriracha amount in half and leave out the serranos. The rice will still have great flavor, but less heat. I'm so glad you liked it as much as we did!

  5. Yum, sound Simply Delicioso!! I have to try this, I love stir fried rice, chorizo, after my own heart and tummy. Great job! Visiting from MIY Monday

  6. This was exceptional! Eating this for the second day in a row and a cannot wait till tomorrow, what an easy delicious meal!

    1. Yay, I'm so happy you liked it! That's what we loved about it - such amazing leftovers!


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