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Experience the bold flavors of our Spicy Peas with Mint recipe, a single serving delight that reimagines the classic peas and mint duo. Enhanced with the savory punch of crumbled chorizo, onions, and garlic, this dish turns a simple side into a bold culinary experience. Cooked in a skillet until perfectly browned and served over rice with a sprinkle of Cotija cheese, it’s an easy-to-make, healthy, and delicious option that promises to refresh your weeknight meals.

What Are Minty Peas?

Minty peas are a popular dish in the United Kingdom, often served as a refreshing side during spring and summer months. The combination of sweet peas and cooling mint is a beloved one. Our variant, however, brings a unique twist with the inclusion of spicy crumbled chorizo, onions, and garlic, adding a depth of flavor and a hint of spice.

Closeup of peas with chorizo, cotija cheese crumbles, and mint leaves over white rice on a clear glass plate

Why This Recipe Works

  • Versatile: Can be paired with a variety of main dishes or enjoyed with rice for a hearty main course.
  • Quick: Ready in under 30 minutes.
  • Exciting flavor profile: Combines sweet, spicy, and savory notes.

Ingredients And Substitutions

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this Minty Peas recipe and in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains a more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It’s my favorite type of olive oil, but you may use light olive oil instead.
  • Chorizo: In this recipe, I recommend using Mexican chorizo. This type of chorizo is made with ground pork and its red color comes from spicy peppers. Chorizo can be replaced with other spicy sausages or left out for a vegetarian version.
  • Onions and garlic: These ingredients add so much flavor to this dish. Definitely don’t leave them out.
  • Peas: Use canned peas that have been rinsed and drained or frozen and thawed peas.
  • Mint leaves: Fresh mint leaves are best for this recipe. However, dried mint can be used in a pinch.
  • Rice: Use cooked white or brown rice.
  • Cotija cheese: If unavailable, feta cheese can be used as a substitute.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

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How To Make Spicy Peas With Mint

  1. Heat the oil in a small skillet on medium-low heat. Add the chorizo and cook until browned, about 10 minutes, breaking up any large pieces. Remove the cooked chorizo from the pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  2. Place the skillet back on the stove and add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Stir in the cooked chorizo. 
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mint. Serve over rice and top with crumbled Cotija cheese

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Overhead view of peas with chorizo, cotija cheese crumbles, and mint leaves over white rice on a clear glass plate

Expert Tips

  • Keep a close eye on the chorizo as it cooks, it can easily go from perfectly crispy to burnt.
  • Don’t skimp on the fresh mint—it’s the key to balancing the spice of the chorizo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Frozen Peas In This Recipe?

Yes, both fresh and frozen peas work well for this recipe.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely, this recipe can be made ahead and reheated when needed.

Can This Recipe Be Doubled?

Yes, if you’d like to make extra just double the ingredient amounts.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Spicy Peas with Mint as a vibrant side to grilled meats or baked fish. Alternatively, enjoy it as a standalone light meal with a serving of rice. A sprinkle of Cotija cheese on top adds a perfect salty finish. Enjoy this flavorful, easy-to-prepare dish that brings a spicy twist to the traditional peas and mint duo.

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Spicy Peas With Mint For One

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
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Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Discover Spicy Peas with Mint: a single serving recipe that combines sweet peas, mint, chorizo, and Cotija cheese for a bold, easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients  

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces chorizo , removed from casing and crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 mint leaves , torn
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2-3 tablespoons crumbled Cotija cheese

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a small skillet on medium-low heat.
  • Add the chorizo and cook until browned, about 10 minutes, breaking up any large pieces.
  • Remove the cooked chorizo from the pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  • Place the skillet back on the stove and add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the peas and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked chorizo.  Remove pan from the heat and stir in the mint.
  • Serve over rice and top with crumbled Cotija cheese

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Keep a close eye on the chorizo as it cooks, it can easily go from perfectly crispy to burnt.
  • Don’t skimp on the fresh mint—it’s the key to balancing the spice of the chorizo.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 665kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 781mg, Potassium: 707mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1254IU, Vitamin C: 61mg, Calcium: 229mg, Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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