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Do you want to learn how to cook jackfruit and also use it for jackfruit tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, tamales and more? In addition, we'll be using canned jackfruit so it is easy, vegan, gluten-free, soy free, healthy and versatile!
You might think jackfruit is an intimidating ingredient to cook with but it's actually very easy. Now that it is also getting more popular, you can find it at your local grocery store.
Before we jump into the recipe, let's learn more about it so you can get some tips and learn how you can cook it. When you start using it, you will find yourself adding it to so many dishes just like my vegan BBQ pizza, jackfruit stew, vegan buffalo chicken dip, BBQ sandwiches and vegan chicken noodle soup!
What is Jackfruit and How to Cook It
It is a very large and prickly fruit that grows on a tropical tree so most common in Asian cuisines. It is also increasingly being used as a vegan and vegetarian substitute for meat.
When pulled, it has a texture very similar to chicken or pulled pork so it's great for curries, salads, and noodles. I personally love using it for Mexican inspired dishes because it's very customizable!
What Does It Taste Like
Ripe jackfruit has a tropical fruit sweetness like mangos but I don't eat it ripe. When still green, jackfruit has a more neutral flavor and also it absorbs the flavor of other foods it's cooked with.
When you buy canned young green jackfruit, you just need to rinse it and drain it so you can use it for your recipe! It's a great soy-free alternative because it absorbs flavors like tofu but doesn't contain any soy.
Where to Buy Canned Jackfruit
It used to be hard to find canned ones in stores but now it is more popular, I started seeing it at my local grocery store. I just found some at Whole Foods but I know Trader Joe's also have them as well.
You can also buy it online and my favorite brand is this one. I think it is so much better than the Trader Joe's one but you can shop around.
How to Prepare and Cook Jackfruit
After draining and rinsing the canned jackfruit, you can chop it into small pieces but my favorite is to pull it apart for that "pulled" texture.
That way, you can also use it for tacos, burritos or any other Mexican inspired dishes. I don't discard the seeds but you can if you like.
You don't have to be very precise when you are preparing it because it will cook either way. But here is mine looked like after I prepared it.
How to Cook Jackfruit
There are many ways to cook it but I will show you my favorite way to cook it for most of the recipes.
I used a can of young green jackfruit, onion, garlic, chipotle in adobo sauce, lime juice, serrano or jalapeno pepper (optional) and a dash of maple syrup (optional) but you can totally customize the flavors.
How to Cook Jackfruit
- First, we'll cook the onions until they are soft. And then we'll add the chopped/pulled jackfruit and the rest of the ingredients and cook it for 10 to 15 minutes.
- If you notice that it is sticking to the bottom of the pot, you can add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to keep it moist.
- Last, we'll uncover the pot and turn the heat up to medium, cook for another 2 minutes until you have the desired texture and then remove from the heat.
How to Use Cooked Jackfruit
Now that you learned how to cook it, there are so many ways to use this delicious and easy meat alternative but here are some ideas:
- Vegan Enchiladas or vegan taquitos
- Burritos, tacos, and burrito bowls
- Vegan Chili Fries
- Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Buddha Bowls
Variations for seasoning
There are many seasonings you can try and customize for this recipe so here are some suggestions:
- Smoked paprika
- Chili Powder
- Chipotle Powder
- Taco seasoning
How to Store Cooked Jackfruit
So, you can store it up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator or up to 1 month in the freezer. You can also reheat in a skillet for a few minutes, adding a splash of water if it is dry.
This recipe comes together so quickly and it is very versatile. It is also :
- Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and plant-based
- Meal-prep friendly
- Great meat alternative
- Smoky and spicy
- Easy and healthy to make
More spicy recipes using chipotle in adobo sauce
- EASY HOT SAUCE RECIPE
- REFRIED BLACK BEANS RECIPE (VEGAN & OIL-FREE!)
- EASY VEGAN CHILI RECIPE (HEALTHY)
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Do you want to learn how to cook jackfruit and also use it for jackfruit tacos, burritos, burrito bowls and more? It is easy, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, healthy and versatile!
- 1 can young green jackfruit in water or brine.
- ½ yellow onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- ½ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce plus 1 tsp of the adobo sauce (sub for favorite seasoning)
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp avocado oil (or other oil of choice)
- optional: ½ serrano or jalapeno pepper
- optional: a dash of maple syrup
- Prepeare the jackfruit according to the post above ("pulled" texture)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- When hot, add the diced onions and sauté for about 5 minutes until the onions have softened and translucent.
- Add the chopped/pulled jackfruit, minced garlic, lime juice, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce plus a little bit of the sauce (or any other seasoning of choice), water, maple syrup, and salt to the pot. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes stirring frequently.
- If you notice the jackfruit is sticking to the bottom of the pot, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to keep it moist.
- Uncover the pot and turn the heat up to medium, cook for another 2 minutes until you have the desired texture. Remove from the heat. Enjoy!
Make sure the can jackfruit you buy is NOT in syrup, it should be in water or brine.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 108
- Sugar: 14.1g
- Sodium: 584.4mg
- Fat: 3.9g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 18.3g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 1.3g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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