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Pulled BBQ jackfruit is a meatless wonder to make all of your Taco Tuesday dreams come true. This BBQ jackfruit tacos recipe only takes about a half hour to prepare – perfect for getting dinner on the table in a hurry. 

Chances are you’ve probably heard the word jackfruit before but haven’t quite known what it was or why it was worth trying. Today, I wanna teach you the art of cooking with jackfruit.

BBQ jackfruit tacos recipe
Table of Contents
  1. Is Jackfruit really fruit (or meat)?
  2. What Do Jackfruit Tacos Taste Like?
  3. How to Make Jackfruit Tacos
  4. How to Shred Jackfruit
  5. 5 More Plant-Based Taco Recipes
  6. BBQ Jackfruit Tacos Recipe

Is Jackfruit really fruit (or meat)?

Green jackfruit is a popular vegetarian meat replacement because it shreds like meat and has a very similar texture. It’s grown in the tropical climates of southern India, Southeast Asia and is ginormous once it’s full grown and ripened (check out the picture below to see what I mean by ginormous!).

Doesn’t it look like a spiky dragon egg?!

fresh jackfruit is super huge + nutrient dense.

A ripe jackfruit contains sweet yellow fruit that is reminiscent of fruit gum with tropical + floral notes. While the ripe jackfruit is certainly popular and delicious to eat, it’s the young, unripened, green jackfruit that has become especially trendy over the last few years. The green jackfruit is perfect for jackfruit tacos, since we don’t want the super sweet side of this fruit.

A powerfully nutritious fruit

This unique fruit also packs a powerful protein punch; over 3 grams of protein per serving! It’s also brimming with vitamins + minerals, as well as lots of antioxidants. So the jackfruit food trend isn’t just for its unique look + texture; people are starting to realize the health benefits of it too.

canned jackfruit for tacos.

What Do Jackfruit Tacos Taste Like?

Think of green jackfruit sort of as you would any unripe fruit, such as bananas. Because it’s the immature version of the fruit, it doesn’t taste very sweet – it can be tangy even. This unsweet taste makes it the perfect thing to use in a number of recipes.

My husband, Ryan, couldn’t believe he wasn’t eating meat when we tried this jackfruit tacos recipe for dinner. BBQ jackfruit is so similar in taste AND texture to a pulled chicken BBQ— you’ll be hard pressed to realize the difference.

jackfruit tacos recipe.

How to Make Jackfruit Tacos

For this recipe, we’re using canned green jackfruit. That’s the easiest to find. Trader Joe’s is a great place to buy canned jackfruit, but it can also be found at health food stores and Asian markets as well.

To keep this jackfruit tacos meal simple, I also used store bought BBQ sauce. My family’s fav is probably Trader Joe’s Organic Kansas City Style BBQ, though you can use whatever kind you like!

Pro tip: store bought sauces are known for their additives, corn syrup, and food dyes. Read your labels when buying, to make sure you’re getting one that uses real ingredients.

Before using the jackfruit, take a few steps to ensure success when preparing it. The first step is shredding it.

BBQ jackfruit

How to Shred Jackfruit

Warm jackfruit shreds easily with two forks, just like meat. There are parts of the fruit that are a little more tough and fibrous, but even still completely edible. I prefer to remove the hard seed pods before shredding and adding sauce. Here’s how I shred my jackfruit for tacos:

bbq sauce on jackfruit in roasting dish.
  1. After draining + rinsing, place jackfruit pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet
  2. Warm in oven at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes
  3. Remove from oven and shred jackfruit pieces with 2 forks, just like you do with chicken or pork
  4. If there are tougher seed pods, you can remove these (they are edible, yet tough)

To keep these 100% plant-based, we’re using corn tortillas and topping our BBQ jackfruit taco “meat” with thinly sliced red cabbage and white onion for plenty of crunch, creamy diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. You can top these with any of your favorite taco toppings. (A drizzle of cashew cream is really good too!)

(Recipe note – to bypass the oven, the drained and rinsed jackfruit and BBQ sauce can go straight into a slow cooker and shredded before serving.)

jackfruit tacos on plates with purple cabbage in a bowl.

5 More Plant-Based Taco Recipes

Tacos are such an easy + nutrient dense meal for the entire family. Here are a few of my fav taco recipes:

I hope you give this jackfruit tacos recipe a try first. Then you’ll see what I’m talking about!!! I also wanna know what your favorite taco toppings are, as well as if there are any other foods you’d like to see me turn into the Tuesday tacos of your dreams. 😉

Don’t forget to give this a rating + review once you’ve made it!

4.95 from 19 votes

BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

Pulled BBQ jackfruit is a meatless wonder to make all of your Taco Tuesday dreams come true. Jackfruit Tacos only take about a half hour to prepare – perfect for getting dinner on the table in a hurry. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired, Plant-Based
Serves: 4 2 tacos each


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  • 2 cans green jackfruit drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce your favorite kind
  • 8 corn tortillas warmed

Taco Toppings

  • 1 cup red cabbage very thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes quartered or halved
  • ¼ cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
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  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet or roasting pan with parchment paper.
  • Drain and rinse the canned jackfruit. Allow any excess water to drain off the jackfruit or pat dry with a few paper towels. Place on the lined sheet or pan in an even layer. Roast for 10-12 minutes, or until warmed through and jackfruit looks a little dry on top.
  • Remove from oven and use two forks to shred the jackfruit. If desired, remove any of the hard, tough seed pods. Pour 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce over the shredded jackfruit and toss to coat. If needed, add a little more sauce. Roast for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and darkened. Remove from oven and stir in remaining BBQ sauce, if desired. (This is personal preference.)
  • To assemble tacos, place about 1/4 cup of the BBQ jackfruit into each of the warmed tortillas and top with desired toppings. Serve immediately. 


  •  BBQ jackfruit can be made several days in advance and warmed up before serving.
  • It will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge and can also be frozen.
  • Freezing may affect the texture of the jackfruit.
  • Top with avocado crema or cashew cream.


Calories: 465kcal, Carbohydrates: 95g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 786mg, Potassium: 772mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 653IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 154mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Jackfruit seemed intimidating… Thanks for making in approachable. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never cooked with jackfruit before, this was a great and easy way to give it a go!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve tried a few recipes for jackfruit and this is BY FAR the best one. I also like meat, and this one didn’t make me miss it. Thank you for a tasty plant-based option. I’m trying to eat more plants and a little less meat, and these tacos are gonna help me though!

  4. 5 stars
    Instead of corn tortillas, we actually ate these like nachos. I’m still weirded out at how much the texture is like pulled pork! These were SO good.

    1. How fun to rawk them as nachos! Maybe another treat to keep in mind for football season. Thanks Erin!

    In the comments before the recipe it states to warm the jackfruit at 350 degrees, but in the recipe it states to heat oven to 425 degrees. Which temperature is the one that should be used?
    In the comments before the recipe it is noted that the oven can be bypassed and put the rinsed and drained jackfruit and the BBQ Sauce straight into a slow cooker. For how long? And at which setting, LOW or HIGH?

  6. Questions:
    In the comments before the recipe it is stated that the jackfruit should be heated at 350 degrees F, but in the recipe it is stated to heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Which one is correct?
    In the comments before the recipe it is stated that the oven could be bypassed and the drained & rinsed jackfruit and the BBQ sauce can go straight into a crockpot. For how long and set the temperature on LOW or HIGH?

    1. Thanks for catching that typo, Carolyn! It should be 425 degrees to heat the jackfruit. As for the crockpot, you slow cook the jackfruit and BBQ on low for 4-6 hours. Enjoy!

  7. Oh my goodness!!!! That is the best deliciously k ever have in my life!! I ate 4 bbq jackfruit tacos it’s soo deliciously and so light. I’m shocked cuz it’s look like chicken and pork I’m not fan eating meats. Tomorrow I’ll buy some more jackfruit! Thank you so much for sharing! It’s the best dishes!!!!

  8. I have had JACKFRUIT one time only as my grandson (who is a vegetarian and I support him in every way) had a party and invited me. I actually made a dessert for it, Pineapple/Cherry with pecan topping. I will usually make a veggie soup. I finally went in the kitchen to make a plate. I had to ask him what certain things were (because of being a diabetic) and he had this crockpot with BBQ Jackfruit in it. Because he said it was a fruit, I had some. I didn’t eat a lot because the BBQ sauce has sugar in it and I had never had Jackfruit before so I didn’t know how many carbs it contained.
    I was thankful that I only had a little because using it as a meat w/BBQ sauce it has a ton of carbs in it and pretty much everything else that people brought were high in carbs. I thought it tasted great but one cup of Jackfruit with no BBQ sauce was more than half of the carbs I am allowed for dinner and it didn’t have much protein or fiber. But I can eat it sparsely and not be considered a “Food Snob”. I did like it but it is something that I cannot eat a great amount of at one time. I am trying not to be a
    “Downer” on this fruit but I would have to eat it with more protein to control the “sugar rise” it makes.

    1. That’s great that you like it, Carla! And of course, we all have to do what’s best for our bodies when it comes to our individual diets. 🙂