Bahn Mi Street Tacos

Bahn Mi Street Tacos


The Tacos:

  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups pulled pork
  • about 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 roasted jalapeno, skins, stem and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile (from a can of chipotle chilis) chopped
  • about 1/3 cup (maybe a little more) water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Adobo seasoning (or chili powder)
  • optional, a little sugar or honey and/or a little barbecue sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For serving, warmed corn tortillas (2 per taco), pickled carrots, spicy pickled cucumber, cilantro, thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced radish, lime, and spicy mayonnaise, Fresno peppers, thinly sliced and lime wedges

The Spicy Mayonnaise:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • A good squeeze of lime
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic chili paste

The Pickled Cucumbers:

  • 1/2 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili paste


Start the Spicy Pickled Cucumbers and the Spicy Mayonaisse ahead.

The Tacos:

In a saucepan, add the pulled pork, ketchup, jalapeno, chipotle and a little water. Bring to a simmer. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and adobo seasoning (or chili powder) to taste. Heat through, stirring very gently if necessary, until nearly dry.Taste and adjust, adding a little honey or sugar or maybe a little barbecue sauce if desired. You’re looking for spicy, tangy, deeply flavorful concoction. Add a little salt or pepper to taste.

Note: this does have some spice, but feel free to add more of any of the spicy ingredients if desired. Keep in mind additional heat comes from the Spicy Mayonnaise, the Spicy Pickled Cucumbers, and the Fresno peppers.

To assemble, lay out two tacos, add the pulled pork, the Spicy Mayonnaise. Top with the Pickled Carrots and Spicy Pickled Cucumbers, Cilantro and red onion, sliced radishes and Fresno peppers. Serve with lime.

The Spicy Mayonnaise:

Mix together the Mayonnaise, lime, and chili garlic paste to taste. Make a little ahead and refrigerate until needed.

The Pickled Cucumbers:

Add cucumbers to a small bowl. Add in sugar, fish sauce and garlic chili paste to taste. Add a little salt if desired. Mix and set aside for about an hour.

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