Taco rice (タコライス takoraisu?) is a Japanese dish and a popular example of Okinawan cuisine. It consists of taco-flavored ground beef served on a bed of rice. It also frequently comes with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, topped off with salsa. It is a very common meal in Okinawa, and is often served as a school lunch.
Taco rice is a popular dish among U.S.military personnel stationed in Okinawa as lunch or late night food. KFC put it on their menu throughout Japan in 1996, and Yoshinoya (nationwide gyudon restaurant) serves it in the chain's restaurants in Okinawa prefecture since 2004. It is one of the most well-known dishes of the Okinawan cuisine outside of Okinawa.
Occasionally it is served with rice in a tortilla roll.
The ingredients of taco meat, rice, and cheese are combined, dipped in batter, and deep fried into a "taco rice ball", served with salsa or tomato ketchup.
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