Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. And what can be considered a full breakfast than having rice as your primary source of carbohydrates to get you through the day? And Tacos in Rice will not only tickle your tastebuds but your curiosity as well.
With the dawn of fusion foods, foods of different cultural origins combined to create a new and exciting dish. And that is what we are after in this article. To share with you how to make this recipe that is a little bit Oriental and a little Mexican, but a whole lot of culinary greatness and masterpiece.
And it will be our utmost joy if we can help you in your journey of discovering new and exciting dishes that you can serve for your loved ones. That is why we have listed down all the things you need to know to make the best Taco Fried Rice skillfully. So shall we begin?
What is Best Taco Fried Rice
Rice is one of those kinds of dishes that you are given the freedom to experiment with. So long as you use right and palatable ingredients, you can never go wrong with it. That’s the deal with our recipe.
Using the traditional ingredients for tacos, instead of putting them in its shells, why not incorporate them into a rice dish. This is like making the two ends of the world meet in one plate and delivering their culture’s greatness. And minus the hassle of eating from its shells, which at times crumbles while you’re eating.
It possesses an aromatic and robust flavor due to its seasoning, making it a perfect rice flavoring. The latter only absorbs the flavor of whatever ingredients are tossed into it. And who could ever go wrong with ground beef? The rich flavor and meaty taste of the beef are absorbed and cushioned by the grains of rice, surprising your tastebuds with Oriental and Mexican flavor all at the same time.
Ways to Cook
Our menu is pretty versatile and easy to do; one is not a season to prepare this fusion recipe. And because of that versatility and simplicity, there are a few ways to make and achieve this unique rice recipe.
Tex-Mex Skillet Fried Rice
Skillet is the black cast iron pan that we usually see at restaurants where they make steaks and other pan-fry recipes. This method borders a bit on the recipes but at a different level.
Make sure to have your ground beef adequately mixed in with the seasoning before scooping them all out of the pan. After that, the remaining ingredients are added and put along with the rice.
Just be mindful that the pan retains heat longer, so do not use very high temperatures. The good thing about heat retention is that the pan can distribute the heat evenly along the pan’s surface.
This quality of the pan method benefits you when making this recipe as it assures you that all the grains of rice evenly well.
Wok Tacos Fried Rice
What could be more Oriental than rice in a wok, right? Wok frying is one of the most popular methods of stir-frying. And making our menu using wok assures you that every grain of rice is well coated with the seasoning.
Heat the wok and douse it with the right amount of oil. The cooking process is the same, but this method will allow you to make the dish faster. This is due to the even heat distribution of the wok.
Making in a wok is also beneficial because it requires a little amount of oil, and the shape assures you that every grain of rice stays on the wok and not on the stove.
Other Delicious Variants of Taco
The possibilities for our menu variations are immense; you only need to have a creative mind and courage to experiment to create your new recipes variants. So to give you a headstart, we listed some variants that you can try at home.
This variant is the right fit for you for the more health-conscious folks cutting down on red meat. Chicken meat contains a lesser amount of fat and generally leaner than pork or beef.
The process is still the same; be mindful that chicken meat is a bit bland than red meats, so you might want to note that and add more seasoning.
This variant’s time is lesser than the beef recipes, as chicken meat tends to be done faster. If you are on the quest to maintain a healthier lifestyle but do not want to miss out on the flavor, this variant is highly recommended.
This recipe is a quick-service restaurant that specializes in Tex- Mex cuisine. So the recipes for this variant are inspired by the classic. Vibrant, colorful, and true to the Tex-Mex cuisine.
What sets these recipes apart is the addition of tomatoes and a hint of cheese. The process of this variant is the same; the only difference is the diced tomatoes, which gives off a refreshing and cleaner aftertaste.
The addition of tomatoes and cheese also gives a more distinctive flavor profile while maintaining that classic Tex-Mex aroma of the rice.
Kimchi Taco Bao
With the advent of K-Pop culture, the world is swept away by Korean culture, which is evident not just in music but also in the food trends. Filipinos undeniably fell in love with the Korean culture and embraced even the Koreans love for spicy food.
Visit any mall, and you will find a Korean unlimited barbecue grill, and there you will find Filipino folks gathered around a stovetop grilling marinated pieces of meat. That love for meat is what inspired this particular variant.
This variant is leaning towards the spicy scale as Koreans love anything spicy. This variation is also much meatier than the other variants that we have on the list as you will be using marinated meats, most specifically short ribs.
Follow the steps as indicated, but replace the ground beef with diced short ribs marinated in Korean barbecue marinade. Towards the end, add in the chopped kimchi. This is a sure hit for spicy food lovers.
As the name of this variant suggests, this dish came from the Islands of Okinawa in Japan.
The dish became popular amongst the American military, which was stationed on the island, and the local folks fell in love with it.
Simple, filling, and easy to prepare but never lacking in that distinct Tex-Mex flavor. This particular variant is already a complete meal on its own due to the addition of vegetables like lettuce and tomatoes. This addition is rooted in the love of the Japanese people for vegetables.
The dish’s preparation is the same as the original; the only difference is the addition of shredded lettuce and tomatoes. This variation has a more balanced taste like the vegetables that somehow neutralize the seasoning’s intense flavor and aroma.
Knowing fun facts about the foods that we eat makes eating them a bit more enjoyable. And it also adds a bit more to our appreciation of these foods. That is why we listed some fun facts about our recipes.
- Researchers say that tacos are old; they say that it was invented around 1000 to 500 BC.
- It means “light lunch.”
- In the United States, there is a holiday for tacos, which is held on October 4th.
Kitchen mishaps do happen, and it can get frustrating, especially if you’re learning new recipes. But do not fret because we listed down some troubleshooting tips to remedy that kitchen mishap.
- If the final output tastes bland, add a bit more of the seasoning then put it back in the stove for a few minutes more.
- If the seasoning is overpowering, add a few more rice cups to tone down the flavor’s intensity.
Prevention is always better than cure; that is why it is essential to anticipate what might cause you trouble when making this dish and prevent them beforehand. So we listed down some tips that you can apply to produce a better quality dish.
- When making this dish, it is great to use leftover rice. This is to prevent them from sticking to the pan.
- Always preheat the pan when cooking rice; this ensures that heat is evenly distributed across the surface.
- Use less amount of oil to prevent the rice from being lumpy and greasy.
Best Served With
This dish naturally has an intense and spicy flavor due to the seasoning, that is why it is great to have it paired with other dishes. We have here a few dishes that will complement our menu.
- Salsa – the refreshing mix of tomatoes, citrus, and herbs goes well with our rice flavor. It also cleanses the palate of any strong aftertaste.
- Chicken – Who can ever go wrong in pairing chicken with rice? The crunchy and juicy meat will make chase it down with a spoonful of our rice.
- Pineapple Juice – The pineapple juice’s acidity helps as a palate cleanser for this menu.
Experimenting in the kitchen is one way of sharpening your culinary skills and widening your culinary arsenal. That is why we are more than confident that the information we have shared with you will help you become a better home cook.
So I guess you are now more confident in trying out our Tacos in Fried Rice so that you can impress your loved ones with a unique offering. Till next time and happy cooking!
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Best Taco Fried Rice Recipe
- 4 cups Cooked rice
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1/4 tsp Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup Ground beef
- 1 tsp Taco mix seasoning melted
- 1/4 cup Parsley chopped thinly
- 1 tbsp Water
- Put ground beef in a container then season with salt. Mix well then set aside.
- Heat oil in a cooking pan. Put-in the beef and stir occasionally to avoid sticking on the pan.
- Pour the melted taco seasoning and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Then add the cooked rice and mix well for 5 minutes.
- Transfer in a serving plate and top with chopped parsley.
- Eat, share and enjoy!