Easy Chorizo Fried Rice

Don’t throw away your left-over rice and make this easy and tasty Chorizo Fried Rice. Simply add a few drops of hot sauce to give it a spicy kick!

The other day Mexican chorizos were on sale at Whole Foods so we decided to stack up as we love it for breakfast and it’s also quite useful to flavor many other dishes whether Latin-inspired or not. Originally, I wanted to make a breakfast dish with it that can easily be done on the stove top and not baked since it’s already starting to warm up and the use of the oven except on occasionally cooler days are now getting limited.

As with any plans, they easily change. Instead of making a breakfast/brunch chorizo dish I decided to make fried rice with it. I cooked some rice the previous night and there’s still about 4 cups worth in the fridge waiting to be used and so the decision to make fried rice instead was pretty easy.

Don't throw away your left-over rice and make this easy and tasty Chorizo Fried Rice. Simply add a few drops of hot sauce to give it a spicy kick! | manilaspoon.com

It’s a pretty simple recipe to make and quite handy to have as more often than not when you order Chinese for take-out, for example, chances are you’ll have some left-over rice (I am referring to steamed or boiled white rice here and not left-over fried rice). Instead of throwing that away why not make it into another dish like this fried rice. You actually don’t need chorizos to make a simple fried rice and I do have a classic fried rice recipe here if you want that instead. But, if by chance, you also have some chorizos then make this one instead. It’s so easy and tasty and you can make it spicy if you like!

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Easy Chorizo Fried Rice

By: Manila Spoon

May 6, 2015

Don’t throw away your left-over rice and make this easy and tasty Chorizo Fried Rice. Simply add a few drops of hot sauce to give it a spicy kick!


  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 pound (about 3 links) Mexican Chorizo (casings removed)
  • 3 Garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3-4 cups day old refrigerated Rice
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce (or Salt, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup frozen Corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup frozen green Peas
  • A bunch of cilantro leaves for garnish, chopped (optional)
  • A few drops of hot sauce (optional)


  1. Heat the oil on medium in a wok or large frying pan. Saute the chorizos until cooked. Crumble the meat as you cook it.
  2. Add the minced garlic and continue to cook for another minute.
  3. Add the cold rice, separating the grains as you cook by stirring. Pour the soy sauce. You can also use salt if you’re allergic to soy sauce. Continue to stir until everything is combined and the rice is heated through.
  4. Add the frozen peas and corn and continue to stir until they are cooked. Taste the rice to check the seasoning and adjust if needed by adding more soy sauce or salt. You can also add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce to give it a spicy kick.
  5. Garnish with some chopped cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 20




  1. May 7, 2015 / 1:48 am

    Chorizo in fried rice? YES! This is such a delicious alternative to the basic pork!

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:01 pm

      I cannot agree more! Thanks, Arman! πŸ™‚

  2. May 7, 2015 / 7:11 am

    This looks great, I love that you put a fried egg on it to really take it over the top!

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:02 pm

      I love this with fried egg – it's a full meal on its own. Thanks Sara! πŸ™‚

  3. May 7, 2015 / 9:28 am

    This looks so colorful and vibrant, Abigail! Your pictures makes me want to try this out! Mexican flavors at its best! πŸ™‚ Thank you for a new inspiration.

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks, Florian! I hope you like it. πŸ™‚

  4. May 7, 2015 / 10:56 am

    Love the Mexican twist! I love making fried rice at home! It's one of those satisfying dishes….and the leftovers are always so fabulous!

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      I do like having left-overs because you can be creative in transforming them into an entirely new dish. Thanks Rebecca!

  5. May 7, 2015 / 11:28 am

    This is so simple and delightful looking, Abby! Especially a fantastic way to use leftovers too πŸ™‚

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Simple and tasty and great for left-over rice. Thanks Cyrus.

  6. May 7, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    We adore chorizo. It adds fantastic flavor. What a great idea to add it to fried rice. It reminds me a little of Chinese sausage.

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Love the flavor and color that the chorizo adds in this fried rice. Thanks Christie! πŸ™‚

  7. May 7, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Boy do I looove chorizo! I wish it were easier to find, but luckily I do have a Latin foods store nearby. I love this recipe – this looks sooo tasty! Pinning to save πŸ™‚

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Erica and hope you get to try this. πŸ™‚

  8. May 7, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Abby, I love fried rice and make it often (as you do) when we've had an Asian meal the night before and have leftover rice. I've got some chorizo in the freezer (same as you, when Whole Foods had it on sale) and now that you mention it, that would be a great addition to the next batch of fried rice. #greatmindsthinkingalike πŸ™‚

    • May 7, 2015 / 8:07 pm

      Yes, indeed #greatmindsthinkalike! Thanks, Laura.

  9. May 8, 2015 / 1:09 am

    We looooove our spicy chorizo breakfasts here in the south west but usually have it with eggs and potatoes. I love this fried rice dish!

  10. May 8, 2015 / 1:14 am

    There's nothing better than a quick and easy fried rice after a busy work day! Yours sounds just lovely! I make fried rice all the time but have never used chorizo so I am very excited to try this!

  11. May 8, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    That looks amazing and I bet the chorizo adds great flavour.

  12. May 8, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    What a yummy dish Abby! Love the idea of adding the fried egg on top!

  13. May 8, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I love chorizo, and this looks great — especially with the egg on top! Yum!

  14. May 29, 2015 / 1:03 am

    I love the combo of ingredients in this rice dish. I bet it would be yummy with Brown Rice or even Quinoa. Fantastic.

  15. July 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    Dear Abigail, your rice looks wonderful and so flavorful. Sounds absolutely delish! xo, Catherine

  16. January 11, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    This looks so delicious!! I love Chorizo, and to make fried rice with it is brilliant! Definitely need to make this at home soon πŸ™‚

  17. February 20, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Made this tonight was really awesome..thanks for the recipe

    • February 20, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks for letting us know! πŸ™‚

  18. Cindy Leinenbach
    January 16, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I made this tonight. Oh my gosh it was absolutely delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing it!!!!.

  19. Trina
    December 2, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Hi Abi! I’m in awe!
    I haven’t browsed everything yet and my mouth is already watery lols
    I love it!
    Do you have diet recipes too?❀️

    • abigail
      December 28, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      I have some low-carb recipes so you can add that on the search box if you like to check out the gluten-free or low-carb recipes.

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