1 can. Smush the tomatoes up will with your little hands.
Whatever herbs and spices you have on hand
Sake or wine
Ketchup, Japanese style Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper
a little bit of each
As much as you like, chop finely
As much as you like, chop finely and put in a bowl of water
Lemon juice and parsley (optional)
a little of each
Salt and pepper
a little of each
Vegetables of your choice
As much as you like. Roughly julienne.
Pizza cheese or cheese
As much as you like
Warm plain cooked rice
Let's make the meat sauce.
Stir fry the ground beef without oil. Drain off any rendered fat. Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper, add the onion, bamboo shoot and a little sake, and stir fry.
Add whatever herbs and spices you have on hand, and as much as you like.
You can add red chili powder, oregano, paprika, nutmeg, black pepper, but the chili powder is a must.
Add a can of crushed tomatoes (juice and all) and one bay leaf.
Flavor with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Adjust the quantity to your preference as you taste.
Even if you don't measure the ingredients, just taste as it cooks. When there's no liquid left in the pan, it's done.
Prepare the salsa. Combine the salsa ingredients, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and it's done. Add Tabasco to taste.
Serve rice in a bowl, top with lots of vegetables, salsa, a generous portion of the meat sauce, cheese, and parsley.
Finished!! Add more Tabasco to taste.
Story Behind this Recipe
Add some bamboo shoots for their crunchy texture, and drain off the fat that comes out of the meat to make this dish healthy.
If you don't want to bother making the meat sauce, just use canned meat sauce and add some herbs, spices and a can of tomato and cook it down. As for the seasoning, as long as you taste as you adjust, it will turn out pretty well even if you don't measure properly - that's the good thing about taco rice.