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Spicy Jackfruit Tacos – Connoisseurus Veg

Grab a couple cans of jackfruit and whip up a batch of these vegan jackfruit tacos! They’re loaded with flavor and super easy to make!

Overhead View of Jackfruit Tacos on a Plate

We’re big on taco night in my house! I always keep a stash of spices and tortillas on hand so I can whip up a batch of vegan tacos on a whim. What might go into those tacos varies from day to day, but these jackfruit tacos are in heavy rotation lately.

So when you stock up on taco ingredients, make sure you include some jackfruit! Not only does it have the perfect texture for replicating shredded beef or pork, but it also cooks up super quick and easy.

What You’ll Need

Close Up of Jackfruit Tacos on a Plate with Water Glass and Skillet in the BackgroundSk
  • Oil. The recipe calls for olive oil, but any high heat oil will do — such as canola, peanut or corn oil.
  • Onion.
  • Jackfruit. Use canned jackfruit and make sure it’s labelled as young and green. This means it’s unripe and not yet sweet. Ripe jackfruit wouldn’t make for very good tacos! You can find canned jackfruit at Asian markets, Trader Joe’s, and occasionally at regular supermarkets.
  • Garlic.
  • Spices. We’re using cumin, ancho chile powder, paprika, and oregano.
  • Tomato sauce.
  • Vegetable broth. I like Better Than Bouillon in seasoned vegetable flavor.
  • Brown sugar. Use organic to keep the recipe vegan.
  • Adobo sauce. This is the sauce that canned chipotle peppers are packed in, which you can find in the international foods section of most supermarkets. You’ll end up with some leftover sauce and peppers, which you can freeze for later or use in another recipe like chipotle tofu sandwiches, sweet potato chili, or chipotle mac & cheese.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Tortillas. I like using corn tortillas for this recipe, but flour tortillas or premade taco shells will also work.
  • Fresh cilantro. Leave this out if you’re a cilantro hater.
  • Toppings of choice. Pick your favorites! Try cashew cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, or vegan queso.

How to Make Jackfruit Tacos

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down it you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Prep your jackfruit. Drain the liquid from the can, give it a rinse, then roughly chop it.
  • You can optionally remove the seeds and core from the jackfruit, which have a slightly different texture that some people just aren’t into. Personally, I leave the seeds in there and only remove pieces of core that are really hard. It’s totally a matter of personal preference though!
  • The seeds are little round or oval shaped pieces in the mixture. Core can be found at the ends of long or triangular-shaped pieces and are generally firmer and less stringy than the rest of the jackfruit.
Graphic Showing Chopped Jackfruit on a Cutting Board with Labels and Arrows Pointing To Seeds and Core
  • Heat up some oil in a skillet, then add diced onion. Sweat the onion for about 5 minutes, until it begins to soften up.
  • Add your jackfruit. Sauté the jackfruit with the onion for a few minutes. You just want the pieces to soften up and brown slightly. Use a spoon or spatula to break up the pieces while they cook.
  • Now add your garlic and spices. Stir everything around to get a nice even coating on the jackfruit. Cook the spices and jackfruit together for just about a minute, until the mixture becomes very fragrant.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, broth, brown sugar, and adobo sauce. Let the mixture simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. This should be enough time for the jackfruit to soften up and the sauce to thicken.
Collage Showing 4 Stages of Cooking Jackfruit Taco Filling
  • Take your skillet off of the stove and season your jackfruit taco filling with salt & pepper. Feel free to adjust any other seasonings to suit your taste at this point!
Skillet of Jackfruit Taco Filling with a Wooden Spoon
  • Stuff your jackfruit filling into tortillas or taco shells along with your favorite taco toppings. Dig in!
Three Jackfruit Tacos on a Plate with Skillet, Water Glass, and Bunch of Cilantro in the Background

Leftovers & Storage

Store any leftover jackfruit taco filling in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are jackfruit tacos gluten-free?

They are if you use gluten free tortillas or taco shells. Most corn based tortillas and shells are!

Where can I buy jackfruit?

Most Asian supermarkets carry canned jackfruit, as does Trader Joes. If you don’t have either of those places nearby, try online.

My taco filling came out super sweet! What happened?

You probably used ripe jackfruit. Make sure you buy jackfruit that’s labelled as young and/or green — this means it’s unripe.

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Three Jackfruit Tacos on a Plate

Spicy Jackfruit Tacos

Grab a couple cans of jackfruit and whip up a batch of these vegan jackfruit tacos! They’re loaded with flavor and super easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
    (or high-heat oil of choice)
  • 1
    medium onion
    diced
  • 2
    (20 ounce or 567 gram) cans
    young green jackfruit in brine,
    drained, rinsed, and roughly chopped
  • 3
    garlic cloves,
    minced
  • 1
    tablespoon
    ground cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    ancho chile powder
  • 1
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1
    cup
    tomato sauce
  • ½
    cup
    vegetable broth
  • 2
    tablespoons
    organic brown sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    adobo sauce
    (from a can of chipotle peppers)
  • Salt and pepper,
    to taste
  • 8
    corn tortillas (warmed in a skillet) or taco shells
  • Toppings of choice

Instructions

  1. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then add the onion. Sweat the onion for about 5 minutes, until it becomes soft and translucent, stirring frequently.

  3. Add the jackfruit and raise the heat to medium-high. Satué the jackfruit with the onion until it begins to dry up and lightly brown in spots, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the garlic, cumin, ancho chile powder, paprika, and oregano. Stir to coat the jackfruit in spices, and cook the mixture for about a minute, until it becomes very fragrant, stirring constantly.

  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, broth, brown sugar, and adobo sauce.

  6. Bring the sauce to a simmer and lower the heat. Allow the jackfruit to simmer in the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes, until very tender. While the jackfruit simmers you can use a fork to pull the pieces apart, or break them up with a spoon.

  7. Remove the skillet from heat and season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Stuff the jackfruit mixture into the tortillas or taco shells. Top with toppings of choice and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Spicy Jackfruit Tacos

Amount Per Serving (1 taco)

Calories 118
Calories from Fat 26

% Daily Value*

Fat 2.9g4%

Saturated Fat 0.4g2%

Sodium 255mg11%

Potassium 216mg6%

Carbohydrates 21.1g7%

Fiber 6.2g25%

Sugar 4.4g5%

Protein 3g6%

Calcium 42mg4%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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