• Beef and bean taco rice (Adam Liaw)Source: Adam Liaw

Taco rice is a popular everyday meal in Okinawa, found in cafes and made at home. It's like an Okinawan-style Tex-Mex dish, featuring a bed of steamed rice topped with taco mince, tomatoes, shredded cheese and lettuce.






Skill level

Average: 3.4 (35 votes)


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 400 g can three-bean mix
  • 700 ml tomato passata
  • 50 g chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

To serve

  • 6 cups warm cooked rice
  • 4 cups shredded tasty cheese
  • finely diced red onion
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • fresh pico de gallo or pre-made mild salsa
  • Tabasco, or other hot sauce

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and add the oil and onion. Fry the onion for about 10 minutes or until softened and just starting to brown. Add the cumin, paprika, oregano and cinnamon and stir well. Add the beef and cook, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until lightly browned.
  2. Add the three-bean mix, passata, chipotle, sugar, salt, soy sauce 125 ml (½ cup) water and mix well. Bring to a simmer, cover, then reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally for about 90 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  3. To assemble the taco rice, place the rice on a large plate or in a bowl and top with the meat sauce. Cover with cheese, red onion, cherry tomatoes and shredded lettuce. Serve with the salsa and Tabasco.

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