Whoever first thought of turning a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich into a taco was a certified genius. But even the work of a genius can be improved upon, and the result here is these entirely plant-based and gluten-free jackfruit banh mi tacos. He-llo! Tender jackfruit is coated in a sweet and sour teriyaki sauce, all topped with crunchy, tangy pickled veggies, creamy Sriracha mayo, and enrobed in a soft corn tortilla. Now that's one epic Vietnamese taco.

Jackfruit Banh Mi Tacos [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

Pickled Vegetables:
  • 1 daikon radish cut into matchsticks or 4 red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/8 cup sugar or 5-6 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/2 tablespoon pink salt
Sriracha Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons tamari
Teriyaki Jackfruit:
  • 1 20-ounce can of jackfruit in brine, drained
  • 3/4 cups teriyaki sauce, vegan
Garnishes:
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped, optional
  • 6-8 gluten-free corn tortillas
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Preparation

To Make the Pickled Vegetables:
  1. Put the vinegars, water, sugar and salt in a bowl and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the radishes and carrots.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to a month.
To Make the Sauce:
  1. Combine the Sriracha, mayo, and tamari in a bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Drain the jackfruit and rinse with water and using paper towels. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the fruit. Shred and cut into small pieces.
  3. Marinate in the teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. You have the option to lightly sauté the jackfruit in a pan with a little oil or water to soften it up. Over medium heat for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally should do the trick.
To Assemble the Tacos:
  1. Warm a tortilla over a gas burner, under the broiler, or wrapped in a damp paper towel and put in the microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Spread on some Sriracha sauce, add some jackfruit, then pickled vegetables, and add other remaining toppings to your liking.
  3. Add some more sauce if desired and enjoy!
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