Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos

The BEST Vietnamese Banh Mi Street #Tacos - on ASpicyPerspective.comToday we’re sharing a taco recipe like no other. A vietnamese and latin amalgamation of glorious complexity. Our Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos are going to blow your mind!

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Ok guys. It has been brought to my attention (by my husband, Lt. Dan) that I call every recipe I share my favorite.

Ahem… Sorry about that.

I really mean it when I say each recipe I create for A Spicy Perspective IS my favorite. That is, until I make another blog-worthy recipe that I just have to share with you.

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I’m going to try not to use the word “favorite” on today’s Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos, although I’m completely obsessed with them.




Mother-bear rage if you touch my tacos.


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Here’s why…

There are two ethnic cuisines that I crave relentlessly, Vietnamese and Mexican food. If you put them together you have fusion-food at its finest!

Loads of fresh ingredients.

Striking flavors.

Satisfying comfort.

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So I’m sharing my favorite Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos with you, because I feel you need to taste them.

For your own good.

I started by dicing chicken thighs into small bites, then soaked them in a bold aromatic Vietnamese Banh Mi marinade, made with fresh lime juice, pungent fish sauce, garlic, and jalapeños.

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Once the chicken soaked up all that flavor, I seared it in a hot skillet to create a caramelized exterior.

I placed the Vietnamese Banh Mi chicken and soft flexible Old El Paso Flour Tortillas. (P.S. Old El Paso tortillas have won blind taste-test awards for flavor. Just saying.)

Old El Paso Flour Tortillas are the perfect wrapper to hold all this multicultural goodness. Then I created a simple tangy sauce for the tacos using mayo, sriracha, and sweetened rice vinegar.

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These Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos are loaded with fresh crunchy veggies that you would typically see on a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich, then drizzled with the spicy creamy taco sauce.

Sigh…. I love them, guys. Soooooo much.

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Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos need to go on your menu this week.

Once you taste them, you will know exactly how serious I am when I call something my favorite.

You might even call them your favorite!

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Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos

Yield: 20 tacos

Prep Time:20 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (6 Reviews)
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Fresh zesty Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos! This street tacos recipe offers the exotic flavors of the Vietnamese Banh Mi with latin flair and fresh veggies.


For the Vietnamese Banh Mi Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

For the Spicy Mayo

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

For the Street Tacos

  • 2 packages Old El Paso Flour Tortillas (taco size)
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 english cucumber, sliced thin
  • 2 bunches radishes, sliced thin
  • 4 jalapenos, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh mint or cilantro
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges


  1. For the Vietnamese Banh Mi Chicken: Pour the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Cut the chicken thighs into very small (1/4 inch) pieces. Place in a bowl along with jalapeno slices and minced garlic. Stir and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (3 hours is best!)
  2. For the Spicy Mayo: Place the rice vinegar and sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute to dissolve the sugar. Then mix in the mayo and sriracha. Add more sriracha for extra kick. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Prep all the veggies. Once the chicken has marinated, drain off the marinade. Then heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to the skillet. Then add half the chicken to the skillet. Sear for 4-5 minutes, stirring to caramelize on all sides. Remove and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  4. To Serve: Place a scoop of chicken in Old El Paso flour tortillas. Top with shredded carrots, cucumber slices, radishes, fresh mint leaves and jalapeno slices. Drizzle with spicy mayo and serve with fresh lime wedges.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 20 tacos, Serving Size: 1 taco

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 318 Calories
  • Total Fat: 12.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 43mg
  • Sodium: 855mg
  • Carbohydrates: 34.3g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 5.8g
  • Protein: 17.8g
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43 comments on “Vietnamese Banh Mi Street Tacos

  1. Sharonposted February 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Fantastic!  A recommendation for those who find the fish sauce pungent:  heat only the lime juice & sugar together until dissolved. I used a sealable container for marinating. Place the cut up chicken in with jalapeños & garlic, pour in the lime juice & sugar mixture then add the fish sauce last. Stir & seal then refrigerate. 

    Rating: 5
  2. Leila Kintposted November 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm Reply

    So so so good! Tried it as a vegetarian and a vegan recipe for a dinner party and the recipe worked great with tofu! Everyone loved it and went back for more.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommer Collierposted November 18, 2018 at 9:34 pm Reply

      YAY! I’m so very glad you liked them Leila. :)

  3. Jodiposted June 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm Reply

    Can we use chic breast instead of thigh! Some of us dont like dark chic meat!!  Jodi

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  6. Sheilaposted June 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

    I just want to say that this was my favorite recipe last summer and it is going to be my favorite again this summer. (I actually use chicken breasts and make hubby cook them on the grill-then dice for the tacos).
    The flavors are amazing! I really can’t get enough of this!

    Rating: 5
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  8. Miss Food Fairyposted December 14, 2016 at 5:37 pm Reply

    These tacos look delicious! I want to eat these right now – you’re photos are fantastic :) Pinned for later xx

  9. Tally erp 9posted June 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm Reply

    This sounds yummy! Will have to try it. Thanks for sharing

  10. Alisonposted April 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm Reply

    These look awesome! I don’t have a microwave, is there an alternative option?

    • Sommerposted April 14, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

      Hi Alison! Just warm it on the stovetop. :)

  11. Meganposted February 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Hi there! These look delicious, but I’m not a chicken fan. Do you think I could substitute tofu and they would still me good? Thanks 

    • Sommerposted February 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm Reply

      Hi Megan! If you pan-fry the tofu, I bet that would be good.

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  15. Loriposted June 11, 2015 at 5:14 pm Reply

    I plan on making this tomorrow…can I marinade overnight? Or will the fish sauce over power the chicken?

  16. Jenaeposted May 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm Reply

    I pinned these because they looked so beautiful and delicious. I don’t like radishes but I decided to make them anyway. The smell of the fish sauce is definitely pungent!!! Everyone who walked in my house did not like the smell but I decided I had started the process and I was going to finish. SO GLAD I DID!! They are delicious and I even had them with the radishes and loved them! Thanks for such an amazing recipe!

    Rating: 5
  17. allisonposted March 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm Reply

    I made these tonight.  The recipe looked incredible.  When you microwave fish sauce, open the windows,  not a pleasant smell.    Persevere!   My kids asked what was for dinner,   I told them,   ” Mom , can’t you leave your experimenting to once a week,  we want something reliable”   Well, in the end a 15 & 16 year old gave it an A+ .   You can vary the heat by adding less jalapeño and sriracha to taste,  also added into the veggie  mix  some bibb lettuce.  I used wholeweat tortillas and served with a side of edamame.   This recipe is a keeper.

    Rating: 5
  18. Kat Vposted March 23, 2015 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Made these over the weekend and they are going to continue to appear in the dinner rotation. The Srirarcha Mayo is beyond and overall the recipe is just so easy to make. Highly recommended!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted March 25, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

      YAY! So glad you liked them. Thanks for coming back to tell me! :)

  19. dcposted March 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply

    I’m all over these!! Next Saturday they’ll be dinner!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted March 19, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply

    Incredible flavors! My family would go crazy for these tacos!

  21. Deniseposted March 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Ohmigosh! I love Banh Mi more than life! I stumbled upon your blog from The Pioneer Woman’s suggestion…so happy I did! I will be trying this tomorrow or the next day….SO EXCITED!!!!

  22. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalkerposted March 18, 2015 at 5:36 pm Reply

    WOWWWWW. Making STAT. I’m so anticipating this fusion food party in my mouth, pinned!

  23. bridget {bake at 350}posted March 17, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

    Oh my goodness….I think these are my new favorite, too!

  24. [email protected]posted March 17, 2015 at 7:21 am Reply

    These are so going to happen this week! I want one so bad!

  25. Marissaposted March 17, 2015 at 12:37 am Reply

    For someone with allergies what’s a good substitute for fish sauce?

    • Sommerposted March 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply

      Hi Marissa! Fish sauce has a very distinct flavor that is hard to replicate, but it’s very salty and rich. What are you allergic to? If it’s just seafood, you could try using part soy sauce and part Worcestershire sauce.

      • Heatherposted April 4, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        I wanted to add a point of clarification here for others who have a fish/shellfish allergy. Fish sauce generally contains fish AND shellfish ingredients. Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so if you have a fish allergy, you definitely don’t want to substitute it (if you have a shellfish allergy only, it would be okay).
        For those allergic to fish AND shellfish, you can use soy sauce in a pinch and it’ll work, though won’t have the depth of flavor you’d get from fish sauce. A more complex option would be something like the following:

  26. Gabyposted March 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Drooling!!! These tacos look so dang good!

  27. Mariaposted March 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Street Taco’s are amazing! YUM.

  28. Heather Christoposted March 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm Reply

    love these tacos Sommer!

  29. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted March 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Gorgeous! I appreciate that you love every recipe and I’m on team #favorite! Sorry Lt. Dan :-)

  30. Paula - bell'alimentoposted March 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Sommer those tacos look amazing! Do you deliver ; )

  31. Deborahposted March 16, 2015 at 10:36 am Reply

    Haha – I totally do that, too! I think I get too excited about food. ;) I’m definitely excited about these tacos – they look AMAZING!!

  32. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted March 16, 2015 at 10:23 am Reply

    What a fabulous way to change up tacos.

  33. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted March 16, 2015 at 9:44 am Reply

    I’ll take 27 of these delicious tacos to go, please?!!

  34. Julie @ Table for Twoposted March 16, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply

    Gorgeous tacos!! I would eat these every night. The flavors are awesome!

  35. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted March 16, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply

    I could eat tacos every day and be totally happy. Can’t wait for summer weather to hit us when we can drink margaritas outside and chow down on taco after taco.

  36. Lizposted March 16, 2015 at 7:53 am Reply

    Oh, boy, I’ve been dying to make just plain old banh mi sandwiches, but you’ve convinced me that tacos are the way to go!