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This recipe for Tropical Bahn Mi Tacos make a fun and easy meal for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday! Filled with a flavorful Asian-styled pulled pork, pickled vegetables, sweet pineapples and a splash of lime juice.

Tropical Bahn Mi Tacos

Tropical Bahn Mi Tacos make a fun and easy meal and just perfect for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesday! Best of all, filled with a flavorful Asian-styled pulled pork, pickled vegetables, sweet pineapples and a splash of lime juice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pulled pork taco recipe, pulled pork tacos
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 389 kcal


For the Tacos:

  • 2 pounds pork shoulder or butt fat trimmed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce can substitute with coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red chili garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass trimmed and sliced thinly
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • fresh lime juice
  • flour tortillas

Additional Toppings:

  • pineapple chopped
  • cilantro chopped
  • Sriracha

For the Slaw:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium carrot peeled & cut into matchsticks
  • 1 medium daikon peeled & cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup shredded radicchio or red cabbage


For the Pork:

  1. In the bottom of a slow cooker, combine the water, soy sauce, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, chili paste and rice vinegar. Toss in the ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and onion.

  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper and nestle the pork in the slow cooker, coat with sauce. (You can also sear your pork prior to adding it into the slow cooker on the stove if you prefer a caramelized skin).

  3. Cook on low for *7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours, rotating once during the cooking process and coating with more sauce.

  4. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred using two forks. Dump the pork back into the slow cooker, squeeze in some lime juice and toss to combine with the remaining sauce.

For the Slaw:

  1. While the pork is cooking, make the slaw. In a large resealable bowl or a mason jar, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt and then add the carrots and daikon. Seal it all up and store in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the tacos.

To Assemble the Tacos:

  1. Fill each tortilla with some pork and a layer of slaw. Spoon reserved sauce over top and top with pineapples and fresh cilantro. Drizzle with Sriracha sauce if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If your slow cooker runs hot, check on pork earlier.

Nutrition Facts
Tropical Bahn Mi Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 1857mg77%
Potassium 909mg26%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 2670IU53%
Vitamin C 30.5mg37%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.