Turkey Banh Mi Nachos

Looking for a great starter the next time you have company over, look no further. My friends’ wife Claudia (@thebeautifulbeastkitchen) whipped these up at one of our recent get-togethers and it was a smash. It takes the traditional concept of nachos, and completely flips it on it’s head. This version has much more bold, complex flavors. I took a stab at making it, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by my attempt. I’ve included the recipe, and I urge you to try it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. 


2 red onions (thinly sliced)

1 cup shredded carrots

½ cup apple cider vinegar

Kosher salt

Granulated sugar

1 lb. ground turkey

4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

1 knob of ginger (finely chopped)

Sesame oil

Fish sauce

Oyster sauce

Soy sauce

Chinese five spice

Sriracha mayo

1 lemon

1 bag tortilla chips

1 bag Mexican cheese mix (sharp cheddar & Monterey Jack)

Cotija cheese

Cilantro (coarsely chopped)

2 sprigs of mint (thinly chopped)

¼ cup green onion (thinly sliced)

1 jalapeno pepper (thinly sliced, seeds removed)

The How To…

Pickled Onion & Carrot Mixture

Add onions, carrots, apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp of salt, and ¼ cup of sugar to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let simmer until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is cooked down, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Ground Turkey Mixture

Add ground turkey, garlic, and ginger to a medium sauté pan with a drizzle of sesame oil. As the meat begins to cook add a dash of each; fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and Chinese five spice. Adjust seasonings to suit your taste. Once cooked, removed from heat and set aside.

Sriracha Mayo

Mix ½ cup of mayo, 3 tbsp of Sriracha, and a little bit of lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 350. Spread the tortilla chips evenly over a baking pan, and sprinkle  Mexican cheese and meat mixture. Bake for 5 minutes and up the oven to broil for another 3 minutes give or take, until cheese melts and starts to brown slightly.  

Remove chips from the oven and top with cilantro, mint, green onion, jalapeño, Sriracha mayo, and cotija cheese. Serve it up!