Shredded Jackfruit Tacos (Vegan & Easy)

by Monique

Shredded Jackfruit Tacos are the perfect substitute for traditional chicken tacos. Perfectly seasoned and done in less than 30 minutes, Taco Tuesday just got a major upgrade!

Plate with finished tacos served with salsa, avocado cream, lime and cilantro in the background.

Shredded Jackfruit Tacos are a winner in my house. No joke, you know a dinner is good when it’s husband and picky eater approved. Granted my picky eater wanted her tacos fried but hey I’ll take my small victory!

Perfectly seasoned jackfruit paired with warm corn tortillas topped with all your favorite fixings is a match made in taco heaven. This savory weeknight favorite is so tasty and easy to make, the entire family will love this recipe.

You would honestly never guess these tacos are made with a fruit and are the perfect meal to feed any skeptical meat eaters. Vegan, healthy and done in less than 30 minutes, I’ll take tacos every night for dinner please and thank you.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Jackfruit – Make sure to use canned young green jackfruit in water or brine.
  • Onions – I think yellow onion works best for this recipe.
  • Garlic – I always use fresh garlic and either finely mince or use my garlic press.
  • Spices – I always go for individual spices over spice packets like taco seasoning. They generally contain lots of other ingredients and sodium.
  • Tomato Paste – If you don’t use this often get the kind that comes in the tube as it lasts longer in the fridge.
  • Fixings – Feel free to mix it up and add whatever taco toppings you love. These are also great on flour tortillas as well!

Labeled ingredients for the shredded jackfruit tacos.

How To Make:

First prepare your jackfruit. Rinse and pat dry. This will help to remove any brine or salty flavor. Now shred into thin strips. The seeds and core are edible as well so you can leave those in or take them out if you prefer.

You can also add your jackfruit to a food processor and pulse for an easier shredding process. Just make sure not to over process your mixture.

Next, chop your onions and mince your garlic.

To a skillet over medium high heat add your olive oil. Once hot, add your garlic and onions and cook until fragrant and soft. About 2-3 minutes.

Garlic and onion cooking in a pan with olive oil and a spoon stirring.

Add your shredded jackfruit and stir until well incorporated together.

Shredded jackfruit mixed with cooked garlic and onion in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Next, add the rest of your ingredients. Add your chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, tomato paste and water.

Stir until the jackfruit is evenly coated in the seasonings and everything is well incorporated together.

Shredded jackfruit with all of the spices and ingredients mixed in cooking in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Allow the jackfruit to simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to absorb and come together.

Close up of the cooked shredded jackfruit.

You will want the mixture to still be slightly wet not dry. If you need to add more water while simmering feel free to do so. I would recommend doing adding very small amounts at a time.

Close up of the cooked shredded jackfruit on a wooden spoon with the pan in the background.

Serve on a warm tortilla with desired toppings. I like to serve mine with onion, tomato, cilantro, guacamole, salsa and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Enjoy!

Plate with finished tacos served with salsa, avocado cream, lime and cilantro in the background.

Tips For Success:

  • Take the time to prepare your jackfruit properly. Make sure to wash off the brine as you don’t want to start with overly salty jackfruit. Also, shred the jackfruit into thin strips. Some parts will shred easily. The core will not and you may need to use a fork. If you want to just cut this portion off you can however, it is edible.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer. It’s tempting to skip this step and just get to eating. You can, but the flavors merry together as its simmering and I think it’s a lot tastier!
  • Toppings make it your own. There are endless topping combinations with tacos. Make it your own with your favorite toppings. I love these on flour or corn tortillas and I switch up the toppings all the time.

What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a fruit grown in tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Brazil and Africa. It is actually the largest fruit tree in the world!

The fruit itself is very large and quite a chore to break down. You can find it canned at most stores now. I usually buy mine from Sprouts or Trader Joes. You can even get it on Amazon.

Jackfruit is packed with nutrients and very healthy for you. It not only is a higher source of protein than most fruits but is also rich in antioxidants.

If you have never tasted or cooked with jackfruit it may seem a bit odd at first. However, it is an excellent meat alternative. It has a mild flavor and takes on whatever seasonings or flavors you add. So don’t be intimidated and get to cooking these tasty Shredded Jackfruit Tacos!

Close up of tacos on a white plate.

Looking For A Taco Side Dish?

Give my Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice a try. It’s made with less than 10 ingredient in 20 minute. Definitely a winner side dish!

If you try this recipe make sure to let me know! Leave a comment, rate it and if you take a photo use #feeninforgreens on instagram. I love seeing photos of your recreations!

Plate with finished tacos served with salsa, avocado cream, lime and cilantro in the background.

Shredded Jackfruit Tacos

Shredded Jackfruit Tacos are the perfect substitute for traditional chicken tacos. Perfectly seasoned and done in less than 30 minutes, Taco Tuesday just got a major upgrade!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Servings 8 tacos

Ingredients
 

  • 2 14-oz cans young green jackfruit (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ small yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ cup water

For Serving

  • corn or flour tortillas
  • onion diced
  • tomato diced
  • cilantro
  • lime slices
  • guacamole
  • salsa

Instructions
 

  • Drain and rinse your jackfruit. Shred with your hands or a fork. You can also add to a food processor and pulse for an easier hands off process. Just make sure not to over process as it can turn to mush quickly.
  • Dice your onion and mince your garlic. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add your olive oil.
  • Once hot add your garlic and onion and cook until soft and fragrant for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add your jackfruit and stir to incorporate together with the onion and garlic mixture.
  • Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and stir until well incorporated.
  • Now add your tomato paste and water and stir, allow to jackfruit to simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently. You can add additional water if needed. You will want the mixture to be slightly wet not dry. At this point you are just allowing the jackfruit to absorb all the flavor.
  • Serve on a warm tortilla with desired toppings. I like to serve mine with onion, tomato, cilantro, guacamole, salsa and a squeeze of fresh lime. Spinach or lettuce is also a usual and excellent addition.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don't have guacamole or do not wish to make any from scratch avocado slices would also be great. You can find my simple guacamole recipe here if you wish to make some.
  • Make sure to rinse off your jackfruit as it is stored in a brine.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 160mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 399IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
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