¡Takos Raisu!

¡takos Raisu! Recipe

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¡Domo arigato! Recipe inspired from one found on PBS.org and various other taco rice recipes online. Very easily adapted to vegetarian by substituting tofu for the ground meat.


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4 (approximately)
15 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1-2 Tbsp
    cooking oil (i used olive oil but do not cook any higher than medium heat if using olive oil!)
  • 1 small
    onion, diced or minced (i used a food processor to finely mince the onion and garlic)
  • 2 clove
    garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    cumin powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    chili powder (start with a small amount then adjust to your liking)
  • 1 lb
    ground beef or ground pork
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste (i used closer to 2 1/2 tablespoons.)
  • 1 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    sake, mirin, ponzu or rice wine vinegar
  • ·
    black pepper
  • 3-4 c
    cooked plain white sticky rice
  • ·
    corn tortillas or flour tortillas

  • ·
    shredded lettuce
  • ·
    shredded white cabbage
  • ·
    diced tomato
  • ·
    black sesame seeds
  • ·
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ·
    green onions
  • ·
    avocado slices
  • ·
    sour cream
  • ·
    fresh chilies, minced
  • ·
    fresh cilantro, minced

How to Make ¡Takos Raisu!


  1. Prep the garnishes and set aside.
  2. Heat up oil on medium heat in a skillet. Brown the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add the cumin and chili powder, cooking until the spices become fragrant.
  3. Add the ground beef/pork. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomato paste, soy sauce, sake or substitute. Cook a few more minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with black pepper, to taste.
  4. To serve: Spoon some of the cooked sticky rice on a plate. Top with taco meat mixture and the garnishes of choice. Alternatively, the mixture can be served in taco shells as we did (corn tortillas shells were preferred over flour this time) or arrange broken tortilla chips on top . Tostada shells are another option, too.

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About ¡Takos Raisu!

Course/Dish: Tacos & Burritos
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Japanese

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