Jackfruit Tacos

Jackfruit Tacos

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can green jackfruit (packed in brine, drained, rinsed and center cut out), shredded

Corn tortillas, as many as you want



cup purple cabbage, shredded

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    In a large frying pan over a medium flame, heat olive oil.

  • 2

    Add jackfruit and cook for about 6 minutes.

  • 3

    In a small bowl combine honey, vinegar, and water. Pour the mixture into the pan with the jackfruit.

  • 4

    Let the jackfruit cook for an additional 10 minutes.

  • 5

    Warm tortillas and fill them up with the jackfruit mixture.

  • 6

    Garnish with carrot shreds, cilantro, purple cabbage and a squirt of lime.

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  • You could also add salsa to the tacos.

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More About This Recipe

  • Jackfruit... What an interesting fruit it is. Native to India, the jackfruit tree fruit is popular in tropical regions around the world. As celebrated as it is, mainly in Asia, it is still not commonly known here in the United States. This mysterious fruit isn’t impossible to find, though. You could look for it in Asian and specialty stores.The jackfruit is huge and prickly on the outside; but when you crack it open, the inside is filled with bulbs or something like pods, which are fleshy. It can be eaten as is or it can be cut up and cooked. Its texture is very similar to chicken, which makes it a perfect vegetarian replacement. In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as “vegetable meat” because it tastes like chicken, only sweeter.On Tuesdays I like to prepare vegetarian meals for my family. Since my 4 year old boy is sometimes a little picky eater, I’m going to try these “chicken” tacos more often. They’re so delicious, he doesn’t taste the difference!

Vegan Jackfruit Tacos Recipe

Green jackfruit may be the best recipe for a meat substitute a vegan’s ever known. It’s the core ingredient in everything from jackfruit pulled pork recipes to jackfruit enchiladas. And for a good reason. The green fruit of the Malaysian jack tree, most often canned, looks, feels, and, well, kind of tastes like really good pork.

Is Jackfruit a Healthy Meatless Option?

Aside from being so versatile, Doran says these vegan jackfruit recipes are also super healthy. “Like other fruits and vegetables, jackfruit is nutrient-rich. It consists of carbohydrate, protein, and a small amount of fat, as well as vitamins C, A, B6, and B2, and other micronutrients,” she says. “And of course, phytochemicals—compounds found only in plants that are beneficial to health.”

While jackfruit contains less protein than animal meat (which Doran says is totally fine, as Americans consume “almost two times the amount of protein” needed each day), you still get plenty of fiber. Something we do need more of in our diets.

“Jackfruit is interesting because its texture is meaty and stringy like pulled or shredded pork and chicken, so it resembles meat but doesn’t have meat’s cholesterol, heightened environmental impact, and animal welfare issues.”

—Sue Doran, MS, RDN

“Jackfruit is a good source of fiber, which is important because 95 percent of Americans don’t consume enough fiber. Animal meat contains zero fiber, so that’s an advantage jackfruit has when substituted for pork or chicken-based barbecue dishes in a Meatless Monday dish,” Doran says. “The benefits associated with a diet plentiful in fiber include a healthy digestive tract, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, improved control of blood sugar, and a satisfying feeling of fullness that aids appetite control.”

Ready to try these vegan jackfruit recipes for yourself? Here’s a roundup of options you’ll love.

Jackfruit Street Tacos Recipe

Jackfruit is such an amazing fruit that shreds like pork. The first time I heard of Jackfruit being used as a meat, I thought it was CRAZY. But then I tried it. O.M.G. It&rsquos amazing. I recently had some Jackfruit Street Tacos at a vegan restaurant in San Antonio, Senior Veggie, and they were AMAZING. I knew I would have to try to make my own Jackfruit Street Taco Recipe at home.

Being that I have 2 young kids, I can&rsquot make my recipes too spicy, or really at all, or they won&rsquot eat it. So this recipe is not spicy at all, but feel free to add your own kick to it!

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My first experience with Jackfruit used as meat was actually with Upton&rsquos Naturals Jackfruit from Whole Foods. It&rsquos Jackfruit already seasoned and you just heat in a skillet! It&rsquos really good, comes in a few different flavors, but spicy &ndash my favorite is the Chili Lime. So my kids weren&rsquot happy about how spicy it was.

Use Canned Jackfruit!

I hesitated on making my own recipe because I didn&rsquot know that canned Jackfruit was a thing. I had seen those huge Jackfruits in the produce department at HEB and there was no way I was cracking that big expensive thing open and experimenting. Ain&rsquot nobody got time for that!

So when I discovered there was such a thing as canned Jackfruit, I knew I had to find it! I had heard that Trader Joe&rsquos had it, but I happened to be closer to a Central Market and decided to see if they had it. Success! I loaded up. You can also find cans of Jackfruit on Amazon &ndash there are many different brands.

Now make sure you select Jackfruit that is just packed in water without seasonings or sauce. It may have a little sodium or brine water, but the ones I found were low on the sodium side so that was good. You can also rinse the Jackfruit, which I did, to remove a lot of the sodium as well.

Jackfruit shreds like pork or chicken for awesome vegan street tacos

The great thing about Jackfruit is that it shreds like pork or chicken and it has a mild, sweet flavor that absorbs seasonings. Jackfruit can be used in any recipe where you might have shredded pork or chicken. I&rsquoll be making a Jackfruit Tortilla Soup soon instead of using chicken!

After you rinse and drain the Jackfruit, place on a cutting board. You can alternate between shredding the softer parts with your fingers and chopping the tough parts. It&rsquos all good so don&rsquot discard anything! Even the round pod seeds are edible.

Cooking Jackfruit is Easy

Cooking jackfruit is easy &ndash just 5-7 minutes until warm in a skillet over medium and your good.

I always like to saute my onion & garlic first to give it more flavor. Then I add the shredded jackfruit, spices, tomato paste, and water. Then cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until heated through. You can add more water if necessary or cook longer if it is too runny. Easier and faster than cooking beef or chicken tacos and no cholesterol or saturated fat!

Jackfruit is very nutritious

Jackfruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. It can also help diabetics control blood sugar levels.

It has high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium, & Manganese as well as Carotenoids & Flavanones that help to lower inflammation. Check out this article about more benefits of Jackfruit.

How to Make the Mango Guacamole

Whenever I get to break out my molcajete for guacamole I know I am in for an authentic Mexican night.

By using this traditional method I get perfectly smooth guac every time and even if my avocados are a little under-ripe, they mash up wonderfully!

Chipotle BBQ Jackfruit Tacos Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Red Onion
  • Jackfruit, in Brine, preferably Trader Joe's Green Jackfruit in Brine
  • An Array of Spices, including Cumin, Paprika, Oregano
  • Canned Chipotle Adobo Liquid
  • Light Beer
  • Vegetable (to keep it Vegan) or Chicken Broth
  • Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Mango Guac (recipe below)
  • Corn Tortillas

How to Make Chipotle BBQ Jackfruit Taco Recipe

  1. For the jackfruit taco 'meat', in a cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5-10 minutes, or until translucent.
  2. Add jackfruit, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, and chipotle adobo liquid. Stir and cook 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add beer, broth and cook another 10-15 minutes, or until most of the liquid has cooked off. Stir in BBQ sauce and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  4. For the mango guac, in a molcajete, mash avocados until chunky and creamy. Add red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, salt, and cilantro. Top with mango chunks.
  5. Heat corn tortillas over an open flame. I love using my RSVP Stoneware tortilla warmer to keep all my tortillas nice and toasty. Top with two spoonfuls of chipotle BBQ jackfruit taco filling and a dollop of mango guacamole. Serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side!

How to Store These Jackfruit Tacos

It's best to store all the components of this healthy taco recipe separately.

The jackfruit taco filling will keep for up to 5 days stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Make the guac, squeeze a bunch of lime on top, cover with plastic wrap directly touching the surface, and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Store the corn tortillas wrapped in plastic wrap on your kitchen counter.

When ready to eat the jackfruit tacos, simply warm the corn tortillas, heat up your filling, and dollop with the guacamole. It's a quick and easy meat-free lunch or dinner to enjoy throughout the week!