A little taste of American-style Mexican food, by way of Okinawa.
However, I’m a much bigger fan of soft flour tortillas than of the hard corn ones found in those kits. That, and the fact that I don’t have experience with authentic Mexican cuisine, limits what I can make.
Anyhow, one night before we got married, I came home to find a dish like this waiting. My dear had cooked this for me after seeing the recipe on a TV cooking show.
(by the way, I don’t have a picture of my recipe, but it’s nearly identical to the picture here)
Needless to say I loved it.
One thing puzzled me. She said it was from Okinawa, the chain of islands south of the main Japanese archipelago. So, I did a little research to find that the dish was invented by a chef in Okinawa to appeal to American Marines stationed there.
It has since become a staple of our diet, although we had to change it a bit to suit our kids, who also love it. It’s quick and easy, and we usually have all the ingredients on-hand. I make it on average once or twice a month.
If you want to try it, here’s a simple recipe:
rice–cooked, of course.
taco meat–you can make it with a packaged mix, or with whatever you put in tacos (especially you vegetarians out there.) These days, we make it milder for our kids. I use a couple of cloves of garlic and an onion (chopped), one grated carrot and a big handful of chopped spinach. Then I fry it together with some lean ground beef or pork (usually both). Next, add ketchup, a little water, and seasoning (salt, pepper, chili powder and a pinch of cumin) and simmer.
grated cheese–cheddar is my favourite
salsa–whatever kind you like best
The rice goes on the bottom as the base, then the vegetables, meat, cheese and salsa. You can mix up the order with little difference.
Anyhow, give it a try.
If you have any comments or variations, leave them in the comments! I’m always looking out for new things to try!