Sounds strange right? It really is a Japanese dish that is influenced by what thought was Mexican food. While in Japan, I had this a few times and loved it after such a long time without any Mexican food. I love spicy Mexican and Spanish food – yum!!! My stomach is seriously like an iron kettle when it comes to spicy food. (Unfortunately Genki Husband isn’t the same way, that just means more for me then which I’m not complaining.) So yeah, this is a recipe that I played upon after having it in Japan. This isn’t the exact same recipe but rather as I was running yesterday I remembered this dish but then wanted to add a little bit more of a flare to it since I wanted more spice.
Taco Rice in Japan is more of a dish that is a first layer of rice, topped with ground beef and finally a little bibb lettuce and chopped tomatoes. There is usually almost no spice as Spanish spices are a bit more expensive and hard to find in Japan. Here’s a sample I found on my favorite Japanese cooking blog (sorry, it’s only in Japanese). This is a recipe but one without too many restrictions.
1 can refried beans (make sure it’s vegan) or make homemade
Salsa (Homemade or store bought)
Mixed Greens (or other lettuce of course)
Vegan Meatless Crumbles
1 block tofu
2 tsp smoked salt or other Cajun style seasoning of your choice
Shredded vegetables of your choice (I used red cabbage and carrots)
1. Make the rice and prepare everything in a smorgasbord style.
2. Prepare the vegan meatless crumbles according to this link.
3. Dice the tofu and put in a boil with 2 tsp smoked salt or other Cajun style seasoning of choice. Then place all of the pieces on an oil sprayed sheet of aluminum foil for your toaster oven or oven. Set the oven of your choice at 350F for about 30 minutes. Or if you are in a hurry, set the toaster oven on toast or broil and it will be ready in about 10 minutes or less. It should look slightly browned and crispy.
4. Layer your plates with all the delicious ingredients to your preference.
*My Assembly: I wanted more salad so I took a huge plate of organic greens, topped with Japanese premium rice, refried beans, meatless crumble and veg. Then I add more spice with Sriracha – yum!!!
**Genki Hubby Assembly: He had a large plate of Japanese premium rice, topped with lots of meatless crumble, refried beans and a little lettuce and veg.