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okinawa taco rice

  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 709 kcal
  • Total Time: 1 h 20 m
    • Prep: 1 h 15 m
    • Cook: 5 m
  • Japanese: Tako-raisu
Okinawa Taco Rice
Ingredients Ingredients


  • 200 g ground beef
  • 140 g lettuce
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 60 g shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 servings (180 g each) steamed rice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • suitable amount salsa sauce
Step 1

step 1:

Shred the lettuce. Cut the tomato into 1.5 cm. cubes. Mince the garlic clove.

Step 2

step 2:

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and cumin seeds. Saute on low heat until you smell the odor of them cooking.

Step 3

step 3:

Add the ground beef and fry on medium heat until done. Mix in the chili powder, paprika powder and salt. Remove from heat.

Step 4

step 4:

Place the rice on two dishes. Decorate with the meat mixture and cheese.

Step 5

step 5:

Place the lettuce over the meat and cheese. Decorate with the tomatoes.


Pour the salsa sauce over the top.


Tacos were introduced from America to Okinawa in the 1980s by the large American military presence there. This taco recipe substitutes rice for tortilla and has a good taste. Okinawa Prefecture contains many small islands and, being located about 645 km from the mainland, is the most southwest of prefectures in Japan.