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Banh Mi Pork Lettuce Cups
with pickled vegetables / pineapple smoothie

Active: 30 min Total: 1 hr

Inspired by Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches, these lettuce cups got great reviews for flavor and texture when they were first featured in 2017.
Smarts: Like most lettuce cups, these are messy to eat. If you prefer less mess, you can chop the lettuce and serve this like a salad instead.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Banh Mi Beef Lettuce Cups:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 Tbsp
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Pork chops, boneless - 1 1/2 lbs, cubed
  • Lettuce, romaine hearts - 12 leaves
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Sesame seeds, white (opt) - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce - for serving
Asian Pickled Vegetables:
  • Coleslaw mix - 6 oz (sub thinly sliced cabbage)
  • Carrots, pre-shredded - 5 oz
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
Pineapple Banana Smoothie:
  • Pineapple, frozen cubes - 12 oz
  • Bananas - 2
  • Coconut water - 1 cup (sub water or fruit juice)

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Prep

  1. Make sauce - Chop garlic. Whisk together garlic, tomato paste, aminos, honey, vinegar (portions for pork), and toasted sesame oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make pickled vegetables - Toss together coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, vinegar, and honey (portions for the vegetables). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Pork - Slice pork into 1" / 2.5 cm cubes. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Make smoothies - Blend pineapple, bananas, and coconut water in a blender until smooth. Add some additional coconut water, water, or juice a bit at a time if needed to get a smooth consistency.
  6. Lettuce - Peel off leaves for lettuce cups.

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Make

  1. Heat a wok or nonstick pan with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add pork and saute until nearly cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Pour sauce over pork and simmer until sauce thickens and pork is cooked through, ~2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sesame seeds.
  2. Divide pork into lettuce cups and top with pickled vegetables. Squeeze lime wedges over top and finish with cilantro and some hot sauce. Enjoy with smoothies on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (36)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (15)

30 reviews

These are in a regular rotation in our house, I make them with tempeh rather than tofu, we're suckers for a good taco with sriracha mayo

By: Emily
Posted: Mar 06, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We thought these needed more sauce. They were better with rice than tortillas, but that might’ve been because our tortillas weren’t very good.

By: Kyle
Posted: May 16, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

My husband doesn’t like tofu normally but loved this.

By: Becky
Posted: May 09, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made it into a salad. Was delicious!

By: Cara
Posted: May 06, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Easy, tasty, good lunch the next day. Wasn't as big a fan of the smoothie - but that's probably because I make my own all the time and know exactly what I like.

By: Jennifer
Posted: May 03, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I actually made this into rice bowls instead of tacos, and it works really well. It's very tasty.

By: Chelsea
Posted: May 03, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful