Venison Taco Rice
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Serving Size: 3-4 servings
Time to make: Prep: 10 mins, cook: 15 mins
Also works with: Any Ground Meat
Some of you may be a little confused by the title of this dish. You may be thinking, “Justin left out a word or two from his description of a venison burrito bowl.” Fret not my friends. This dish, although Tex-Mex in origin, is a prime example of an Okinawan staple. The beef version of this dish is claimed to first appear on the streets of Kin, Okinawa in the 1980s. Since then, the dish had gained huge popularity. It has grown so much that Taco Bell offers it as a meal in some districts of Tokyo. One of the first establishments to serve this dish is located just outside of the gate of the Camp Hansen, a U.S. Marine Base in Okinawa.
This delicious meal has comforted the soul of many Marines who returned to camp after a late night out on the town. Its creator wanted a meal that could be prepared quickly, was inexpensive, and could fill up a hungry Marine. Now the dish represents so much more than food for American servicemen, its commonly found throughout Japan. The wild game version does not differ much from the original recipe. I substituted the beef for venison and created my own taco seasoning. Its delicious, simple, and will likely end up on your week night menu.
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1 lbs ground wild game (20% fat added)
1 garlic clove, minced
½ medium yellow onion, diced
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp taco seasoning (see below for my recipe)
¼ cup salsa
2 tbsp game stock (sub beef stock)
2 cups prepared white rice
2 cups sliced lettuce
Quartered cherry tomatoes
Shredded cheddar cheese
Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground black pepper
How to make it
- Bring a large skillet to temperature over medium high heat
- Add the oil, garlic, onions, and ground meat to the pan and stir.
- Stir in the salsa, stock, and salsa. Allow the meat to cook and the stock to reduce by half.
- Add the rice to your plates and top with the cooked meat. Top the meat with the lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
- You can sauce the dish up a bit with soy sauce and/or chili sauce.