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With contrasting tastes, textures, and colors, Okinawa Taco Rice is an easy delicious 1-plate meal that comes together in minutes.

Taco Rice

This Okinawan Taco Rice recipe makes for a satisfying mashup of Japanese and Texmex cuisines. Made by layering rice with Japanese-style taco meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, it's a colorful one-plate meal that can be thrown together in minutes.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese-Western
Keyword texmex
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef, Rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 479kcal


For taco meat

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 120 grams onion 1 small, finely diced
  • 10 grams garlic 1 large clove, minced
  • 260 grams ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

For taco rice


  • Make the sauce for the taco meat by whisking together the ketchup, sake, soy sauce, and salt.
    Mixing sauce for taco rice in a glass bowl.
  • In a frying pan over medium-heat heat, add the vegetable oil, onions, and garlic and saute until they're soft and start to brown around the edges (about 5 minutes).
    Browning onions and garlic in a frying pan for taco rice.
  • Add the ground meat and crumble it using the side of a spatula.
    Ground beef added to browned onions.
  • When the meat is halfway cooked, sprinkle on the chili powder and continue breaking up the meat as it cooks.
    Crumbling ground beef to taco rice.
  • When the meat is almost done, pour the sauce over the meat and continue cooking until the mixture is saucy but no longer watery.
    Taco meat for taco rice in a frying pan.
  • To assemble the taco rice, put some rice on a plate and surround the rice with a ring of shredded lettuce.
    Plate of rice with a ring of lettuce.
  • Top the rice with taco meat and cheese.
    Rice and lettuce with taco meat and cheese.
  • Garnish with tomatoes, cilantro, and crushed tortilla chips.
    Overhead view of a plate of Okinawa-style taco rice.



Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1199IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 3mg