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Okinawan Takoraisu (aka “Taco Rice”)

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Taco Rice, or “Takoraisu” as it’s called in Japan, is a popular Okinawan dish invented in the 1960s by a Japanese chef who took the idea of tacos, so popular among the American military stationed on Okinawa, and combined it with rice, a staple item in the Okinawan diet. The dish has since become, ironically enough, one of the most well-known Okinawan dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 cup Onion, Chopped
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Table Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 cups Steamed Japanese Rice (sometimes Labeled "sushi Rice")
  • 2 cups Lettuce, Shredded
  • 2 cups Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 12 ounces, weight Queso Blanco, Crumbled OR 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream

Preparation

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute until the onions are barely soft. Add the ground beef and break it into small chunks. Once the meat is cooked, add the soy sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Let this simmer until the liquid reduces.

2. Spread 1/2 to 1 cup of the steamed rice on each plate. Top with the seasoned beef.

3. Then top with the shredded lettuce, tomatoes, queso blanco (or mozzarella), and salsa, and finish it off with a dollop of sour cream.

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Briana on 4.22.2013

It’d been a long time since we made this — man, I forgot how good it is!

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clujinrn on 5.9.2011

My husband just got back from Okinawa from a deployment and said he ate this every day! I am going to make this tonight for him. It was this recipe that brought me to this great site in the first place! Thanks!

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heck on 3.30.2011

Omg my husband was in Japan in the marine Corp and ALWAYS talks about taco rice n cheese!!!!

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cougarmom on 3.30.2011

I am going to add this to the menu at day care. I have been doing double duty as director and cook (and will be doing so for a while). I know the kids will love this and the parents will appreciate the story of the recipe.

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amy325 on 1.12.2011

I’m making this tonight!

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tiramisu on 1.4.2014

This is one of the best recipes I’ve found on the Internet. I have made it for all my kids and grandkids and everyone loves it. It has become a staple in our house. Thank you for sharing this. It’s delicious!

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Aleta on 10.14.2013

I love this stuff. It’s grate for large gatherings!

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Donna Yum on 11.13.2011

Fast, easy to make, very yummy, and leaves enough to make a very tasty leftover lunch the next day — this is a winner in our household and is requested at least once a week!

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cupoverflows on 8.19.2011

Can I just say that I CRAVE this?? I think you said you craved this while you were pregnant… I am too… maybe that’s why! I need to make this again soon – simple and delicious.

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Kimmy W on 6.29.2011

Love this dish. Made it again for last night’s dinner. The husband person says how great it is every time I make it. Thanks for sharing.

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