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Finished tacos with sour cream, tomatoes and cilantro on top.

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


  • 2 14-oz cans young green jackfruit (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ small yellow onion diced
  • ½ tbsp. tomato paste
  • 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 cup water

For Serving

  • corn or flour tortillas
  • taco fixings (i.e. salsa, guacamole, lettuce, tomato)


  • 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. The seeds and core are edible as well so you can leave those in or take them out if you prefer.
  • 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 your shredded jackfruit and stir until well incorporated together. 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.
  • Allow the jackfruit to simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to absorb and come together.
  • 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.
  • Serve on a warm tortilla with your favorite taco fixings.
  • Enjoy!


  • Make sure to rinse your jackfruit as this will help to remove any brine flavor. 
  • If you use the food processor to shred your jackfruit make sure to slowly use the pulse function. The process will happen pretty quickly and you will want to avoid overprocessing. 


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