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Easy Jackfruit Tacos Vegan – Vegan Richa


These Jackfruit Tacos are smoky and savory, and vegan taco perfection. It needs just 1 Bowl! The jackfruit is coated in a flavorful marinade, then baked in the oven until perfectly meaty! Then topped with my cheese sauce and salsa for a delicious lunch or snack.

two vegan jackfruit tacos topped with vegan queso and cilantro

These Jackfruit Tacos are vegan taco perfection!  Jackfruit is perfect for recreating that chewy satisfying shredded meat texture. Coated in a flavorful marinade along with taco  meat spices, then baked in the oven until perfectly meaty it makes for the best vegan taco meat! Everyone will enjoy these, trust me.

Jackfruit can be a hit or miss for many. One reason is that people often get the sweet ripe Jackfruit and that obviously does not work in savory dishes. Get the young green jackfruit can in water or brine. Second reason is the aftertaste of brine in the jackfruit. For that we squeeze out all the brine and then use the jackfruit. I love the jackfruit texture when it’s baked. Baking also bakes out any remaining briny flavor. So try these jackfruit tacos with your favorite spice blends and let me know in the comments how it turned out!

three vegan Jackfruit tacos topped with veggies and cheese sauce

As for the rest of the toppings, you can keep things super simple and just add shredded lettuce and some salsa, or take these to the next level with a generous drizzle of vegan queso or my potato carrot cheese sauce, or vegan mozzarella cream . 

three jackfruit tacos topped with vegetables and cheese sauce

These tacos are the perfect meal to serve for a casual dinner party amongst friends.  You can also make the taco meat part of your vegan meal prep routine.

Just double the recipe and use the taco meat as a topping for bowls, and salads, or as a filling for sandwiches, burritos, and wraps.

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Easy Jackfruit Tacos

These Jackfruit Tacos are sweet, savory and smoky vegan taco perfection. Everyday ingredients, 1 Bowl! Shredded jackfruit and peppers are tossed with spices and sauce and baked and that’s it! Nutfree Soyfree Glutenfree

Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time30 minutes

Total Time45 minutes

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: easy tacos, jackfruit tacos

Servings: 4

Calories: 69kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

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Ingredients

For the jackfruit taco filling:

  • 1 20oz can (560 g) Jackfruit drained
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp ketchup or tomato paste
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder blend Or use taco spice or Cajun spice or other spice blends of choice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • zest of a lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt use less or more depending if your chili powder is already salted

Topping:

  • 2 tbsp more hemp seeds
  • 1 cup (260 g) Salsa of choice
  • Cheese – use my vegan cheese sauce vegan mozzarella sauce, or my 10-minute vegan queso) linked in steps
  • lettuce, black pepper
  • tortillas as needed

Instructions

  • Wash and drain the jackfruit really well and place it in a paper towel.

  • Place the paper towel in a kitchen towel.

  • Fold the kitchen towel all over the jackfruit then squeeze really well until you remove all the excess, brine, and moisture from the jackfruit. This would have shredded the jackfruit significantly.

  • You can shred the remaining jackfruit with your hand or you can use a fork or just chop it up with a knife. Add this to a bowl, add the onion, bell pepper.

  • Option 1. Add the ketchup and oil first and toss really well then add the rest of the dry ingredients and toss well to coat.Option 2: mix the ketchup oil and the spices to make a marinade and mix that into the jackfruit bowl.
  • Spread the jackfruit mixture evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes then mix it all around and spread the inner jackfruit towards the outer part of the baking sheet and continue to bake for another 5 to 15 minutes depending on how crispy you want the filling to be.

  • Then remove the filling from the oven. Prep your tortillas by heating them in the microwave or the stovetop.

  • Then add lettuce, some of the jackfruit filling, cheese sauce, hemp seeds, salsa, and black pepper. and serve . Use my  vegan cheese sauce, or vegan mozzarella sauce or my 10 min vegan queso or vegan sour cream of choice

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Notes

  • Add more Protein: Add a layer of refried beans to the tacos or add some spiced beans to the tacos. Or double the marinade, use half with crumbled up 7 oz tofu. Bake that as well until somewhat crisp and add a mix of jackfruit and tofu for filling,
  • You do not need to discard the seeds or the tip stems. They are all edible unless they are very  hard and you cannot press them. Remove those but the softer seeds are still edible so shred them up.
  • If you don’t have jackfruit, you can also make this with soy curls; Rehydrate 5-6 oz soy curls: put them in broth for 10 to 15 minutes. Then drain the soy curls and shred them with a fork or knife. Then add to a bowl and proceed as instructed. The soy curls will get cooked a bit faster than jackfruit in the oven so keep an eye on them.
    You want them to get somewhat crispy but not overly chew
  • Calories don’t include tortillas or toppings 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Easy Jackfruit Tacos

Amount Per Serving

Calories 69
Calories from Fat 27

% Daily Value*

Fat 3g5%

Saturated Fat 0.3g2%

Sodium 630mg27%

Potassium 346mg10%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 2236IU45%

Vitamin C 22mg27%

Calcium 44mg4%

Iron 2mg11%

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

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ingredients for vegan jackfruit tacos on a marble countertop

Ingredients:

  • for this recipe we need canned unsweetened Jackfruit (young green jackfruit, not ripe), drained
  • veggies: I like a typical fajitas blend – so sliced red onion and red bell pepper
  • spices: chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, garlic powder and lime zest
  •  ketchup or tomato paste and oil are added to get a bbq-sauce-like marinade
  • for the toppings, I like a mix of hemp seeds, Salsa, lettuce and vegan queso  – you can use my vegan cheese sauce, or vegan mozzarella sauce,
  • use your favorite tortilla brand, glutenfree if needed

Tips:

  • You do not need to discard the seeds or the tip stems. They are all edible unless they are very  hard and you cannot press them. Remove the hard ones, but the softer seeds are still edible so shred them up.
  • If you don’t have jackfruit, you can also make this with soy curls; Rehydrate 5-6 oz soy curls: put them in broth for 10 to 15 minutes. Then drain the soy curls and shred them with a fork or knife. Then add to a bowl and proceed as instructed.
  • The soy curls will get cooked a bit faster than jackfruit in the oven so keep an eye on them. You want them to get somewhat crispy but not overly chewy.

How to make Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

jackfruit on a piece of paper towel

Wash and drain the jackfruit really well and place it in a paper towel. Place the paper towel in a kitchen towel.

jackfruit on a sheet of paper towels

Fold the kitchen towel all over the jackfruit then squeeze really well until you remove all the excess, brine, and moisture from the jackfruit. This would have shredded the jackfruit significantly.

shredded jackfruit in a small glass bowl

You can shred the remaining jackfruit with your hand or you can use a fork or just chop it up with a knife.

spice paste being mixed in a small bowl

Add this to a bowl, add the onion, bell pepper.shredded jackfruit, bell pepper and onion in white bowl

shredded jackfruit in a white bowl with spices, bell pepper and onions

Option 1 Add the ketchup and oil first and toss really well then add the rest of the dry ingredients and toss well to coat.
option 2 premix the spices and ketchup and add that to the bowl and toss well.)

shredded jackfruit and veggies tossed with marinade ingredients

Spread the jackfruit mixture evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

seasoned jackfruit and veggies on a baking sheet

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes then mix it all around and spread the inner jackfruit towards the outer part of the baking sheet and continue to bake for another 5 to 15 minutes depending on how crispy you want the filling to be. Then remove the filling from the oven.

baked marinated jackfruit on a baking sheet
baked jackfruit taco meat in a white bowl next to two small bowls with chopped lettuce and salsa

Prep your tortillas by heating them in the microwave or the stovetop.

three tacos being assembled with lettuce and jackfruit

Then add lettuce, some of jackfruit filling, cheese sauce, hemp seeds, salsa, and black pepper and serve .

three jackfruit tacos with chopped lettuce and baked marinated vegan taco meat
three fully assembled vegan jackfruit tacos on a wooden board
three vegan jackfruit tacos topped with queso and cilantro

Frequently asked questions

How do I store these tacos

Store the jackfruit filling separately in the fridge for upto 3 days. Reheat in a skillet or microwave and use it in tacos, wraps and bowls

What can I use instead of jackfruit?

Use seitan or shredded tofu or shredded soycurls. For seitan and tofu, follow the recipe as is. For soycurls: Rehydrate 5-6 oz soy curls: put them in broth for 10 to 15 minutes. Then drain the soy curls and shred them with a fork or knife. Then add to a bowl and proceed as the recipe. The soy curls will get cooked a bit faster than jackfruit in the oven so keep an eye on them. You want them to get somewhat crispy but not chewy.

How can I add more protein to these tacos?

Add a layer of refried beans to the tacos or add some beans to the filling

Are these jackfruit tacos allergy friendly?

These are Soyfree and nutfree if you use toppings that are Soyfree and nutfree. Use Glutenfree tortillas for gluten-free.



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