How about fluffy white rice topped with "Japanese style" taco meat, tomato, avocado and crushed tortilla chips then drizzled with mayonnaise? Okay, maybe it sounds kinda crazy, but this fun summer recipe is the ultimate fusion dish!
What is Taco Rice?
The confusing name of "Taco" Rice
So you might be wondering what is "Taco rice"?
Yes, Taco/Tako (タコ) usually means octopus in Japanese, but this dish does not contain any octopus... I'm sorry for anyone who expects a dish with octopus though.
When I was a kid, I saw Taco Rice on TV drama. And I thought..."Why does it not have octopus!?!?"
Now, it's obvious that taco does not mean octopus here. So what is it then?
This taco refers to Mexican Tacos. In Japanese we call tacos, "takosu" (タコス) but for some reason this dish is called "taco rice" not "takosu rice" so hopefully you understand the confusion I went through as a kid!
Origin and history of Taco Rice
Taco rice was born in tropical Okinawa in 1984 (quite recent right?) combining Mexican-American-style tacos with Japanese flavours.
It's popular enough to be used for school lunch in Okinawa apparently!
Then it travelled to other parts of Japan and has become a stylish street food-ish, lunchy, cafe-like dish.
Yeah, stylish! Look at this vibrant dish! It's sure to give you joy with the look and the taste! 🙂