Banh Mi Sandwiches with pork are great, but have you had them with beef?! This recipe for Beef Banh Mi Sandwiches is made with beef chuck roast and can be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Topped with quick pickled veggies and Sriracha mayo and served on a bun.
I love a good banh mi sandwich. I have a couple of recipes on here like my Instant Pot Banh Mi Sliders and my Slow Cooker Banh Mi Sandwiches, but both of those are made with pork. After I bought a chuck roast awhile back, I wanted to do something unique with it, and Banh Mi's sounded good. So - Beef Banh Mi Sandwiches were born! I've made these in both the Instant Pot and the Slow Cooker, and the meat turns out amazing either way.
So if you're craving a banh mi sandwich, but not feeling like pork, then these Beef Banh Mi Sandwiches are perfect!
Beef Chuck Roast - I use a 4 lb beef chuck roast in this recipe. If you use a piece that is larger, I would recommend cutting it in half.
Soy Sauce - soy sauce is a liquid condiment of Chinese origin that adds a saltiness to this beef Banh Mi recipe.
Fish Sauce - I'll admit, the first time I bought fish sauce, I was skeptical. However, it adds such great (not fishy!) flavor to dishes like this!
Brown Sugar - brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness.
Fresh Garlic Cloves and Fresh Ginger - these fresh herbs are delicious and traditional Banh Mi ingredients.
Cucumbers and Carrots - the veggies in the pickled carrots and pickled cucumbers.
White Vinegar - white vinegar is used in the quick pickled vegetables.
Mayonnaise - mayonnaise is used in the sriracha mayonnaise that you spread on the sandwiches.
Cilantro - adding fresh cilantro to the Banh Mi sandwiches adds freshness to the dish along with the classic cilantro flavor! If you're not a fan of cilantro, just leave it off.
Prepare the beef. Add the beef to the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. Add the rest of the beef Banh Mi ingredients including the chicken broth, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Note: if you have the time, you can sear the beef on each side to create a nice caramelized crust. To do this, heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a dutch oven or in the Instant Pot using the saute function. Cook over medium-high heat in the dutch oven for 4-5 minutes on each side, until each side is golden brown.
Instant Pot Instructions - In the Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 75 minutes to cook on high pressure, but allow some time for the pressure to build and also for about 10-15 minutes for the pressure to naturally release.
Slow Cooker Instructions - Put the lid on the crockpot and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 on high.
Prep the pickled vegetables. While the beef is cooking, you can prep the rest of the components. First make the quick pickled veggies. Prepare the cucumber, red onion, and carrots accordingly. Combine carrots, cucumbers, and red onion in a mason jar or glass container. Next, combine the water, vinegar, and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the liquid over the chopped veggies in a mason jar or glass container and let sit for 30 minutes. Refrigerate until you're ready to use them.
Make the Sriacha Mayo. Combine ½ cup mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small or medium bowl, and stir to combine. Refrigerate until you're ready serve.
Shred the Beef. Once the beef is done, remove it from the Instant Pot/slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return the meat to the liquid so it really gets incorporated into all of that flavor.
Serve. Split the hoagie buns (or any crusty roll or French rolls would do!) in half, spread a good amount of the Sriracha mayo on the bun, and top with the shredded beef, pickled veggies, and fresh cilantro. YUM! Enjoy your Vietnamese sandwich!
Make Ahead. You can prepare the marinade ahead of time to make morning assembly very simply. Simply mix together the marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl and then store in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook the beef.
You can also prepare the pickled vegetables and sriracha mayonnaise in advance. Pickled vegetables will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. They are also delicious on tacos or rice bowls!
Make Beef Banh Mi Bowls. We love using the leftovers Banh Mi beef, pickled veggies, and sriracha mayonnaise for rice bowls the next day! Simply cook up some white rice or brown rice and top individual servings with some of the beef Banh Mi, pickled vegetables, and sauce.
Different Cuts of Beef. If you have a different cut of beef that you would like to use, you could use the basis of this recipe as a starting point. For example, if you have flank steak, sirloin steaks, or skirt steaks, you can use the marinade for these cuts of beef and grill them instead. Use the grilled beef on these beef Banh Mi sandwiches along with the pickled vegetables and sriracha mayonnaise.
These Beef Banh Mi Sandwiches were so insanely delicious. All of the different parts, from the beef to the pickled veggies and Sriracha mayo, worked together so well and it was SO full of flavor.
Loved this recipe. Did sandwiches for dinner and rice bowl with the leftovers for lunches! Delicious!