Jackfruit Tacos – Vegan Meat!
Jackfruit Tacos! Vegan “Meat” Filling
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Mexican food. And most of all, I’m a freak for tacos! There are so many delicious ways to fill them up, and you really can never go wrong. And, it’s simple to make tacos that suit any lifestyle. Personally, tacos are one of my go-to meatless meals because I can substitute the meat with some protein-packed beans. But, after a while, I get pretty bored with black beans and more black beans… Instead, switch up your meatless Mexican routine with some vegan JACKFRUIT tacos!
Jackfruit: Plant Based Meat Substitute
You’ve probably heard about jackfruit—it’s the latest and trendiest plant-based meat substitute. It’s not rich in protein like beans, but unripe jackfruit has an incredibly fibrous and hearty texture that is JUST like pulled pork! And that means using it to make vegan jackfruit tacos is a no brainer.
Ripe jackfruit is like other fruits, with a juicy and naturally sweet taste. But unripe jackfruit has a tougher texture, and it’s much lower in calories and sugars. Plus, the mild taste of unripe jackfruit makes it perfect in just about any savory dish, because it will take on the flavors of whichever seasonings you choose! Luckily, jackfruit is becoming easier to find because it’s so trendy nowadays.
You might find the gargantuan, spiky fruit sold in its whole form at your grocery store, but slicing and preparing that bad boy can be a bit tricky…. (A single jackfruit can weigh as much as 80-100 pounds!!) Or, look for jackfruit that’s canned in brine to make life easier. I’ve found it at Trader Joe’s and it’s so convenient! Just be sure to drain and rinse the jackfruit before cooking to get rid of any sourness from the brine.
Easier Than Cooking Protein, & Just as Tasty!
Then, I cook up my jackfruit with a bit of taco seasoning, and I like to caramelize some onions in the pan first to give my vegan jackfruit tacos that authentic Mexican feel! Honestly, before I had tried jackfruit, I was pretty skeptical about all of the hype. I mean, how can a fruit actually taste anything like meat?! But, when I finally gave it a go, my taste buds were totally fooled!
And, my favorite way to eat it has definitely been stuffed into some vegan jackfruit tacos. (Check out my vegan queso and vegan sour cream recipes, too!) Plus, this recipe has less than 100 calories and has four grams of fiber per serving! So chow down on some easy vegan jackfruit tacos, and don’t be afraid to go back for seconds (or thirds).
Tacos for Meatless Monday!
Tired of meatless tacos and burritos filled with black beans and more black beans? Give jackfruit a try! It’s actually a low-calorie, high-fiber fruit that has the look and feel of meat when unripe. And it can fool your taste buds, too! Unripe jackfruit has a mild taste, so it will take on all of the savory, spicy, delicious flavors of your taco seasoning. Cook it up with some caramelized onions for an irresistible vegan taco filling!
- 1 can jackfruit, in water or brine
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- taco seasoning, to taste
- avocado oil
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add thinly sliced onion and sauté 6-8 minutes, until softened and caramelized.
- Meanwhile, shred jackfruit. (I prefer to drain and rinse mine so it doesn’t have the brine taste!)
- Add jackfruit to the pan with taco seasoning and stir to integrate. (Add a splash of water or vegetable broth to moisten if needed!)
- Cook for another 6-8 minutes until the jackfruit is cooked through and beginning to crisp on the edges.
- Serve on tacos, in a burrito bowl, or on its own and enjoy!