BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

POSTED ON 4.16.2020

One bite of these jackfruit tacos will have you craving them every week. They’re smoky, flavorful and so easy to make with just one pan.

Pulled BBQ jackfruit is a meatless wonder to make all of your Taco Tuesday dreams come true. BBQ Jackfruit Tacos only take 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.

What is jackfruit meat?

Green jackfruit is a popular vegetarian meat replacement because it shreds like meat and has a very similar texture. It’s grown in tropical climates 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?!

A ripe jackfruit contains sweet yellow fruit that is reminiscent of fruit gum with tropical and 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.

What do jackfruit tacos taste like?

Think of green jackfruit sort of as you would any unripe fruit, such as bananas. Because it is the immature version of the fruit, it doesn’t taste very sweet – it can be tangy even. The unripe jackfruit doesn’t taste sweet or tropical, it doesn’t really have a strong taste at all, making it the perfect thing to use in a number of ethnic recipes.

My husband, Ryan, couldn’t believe he wasn’t eating meat when we had these 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.

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 the canned jackfruit, but it can also be found at health food stores and Asian markets as well.

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

How do you 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 those parts are completely edible. I prefer to remove the hard seed pods before shredding and adding sauce.

  1. Canned jackfruit needs to be drained, rinsed well, drained again.
  2. Cut the harder edges off the fruit
  3. Warm the jackfruit in oven for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
  4. Remove from oven. Using two forks, shred the warm jackfruit like you would meat.

A quick 10 minutes in a hot oven does the trick when making BBQ Jackfruit Tacos, but it can be warmed up according to personal preference.

BBQ Jackfruit Tacos are one of the easiest one-pan dinners around. You can use your favorite BBQ sauce – homemade or store-bought. Or you can use another sauce of your choice. (Teriyaki jackfruit tacos are so good!)

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.)

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BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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. 


  • 2 (20 ounce) cans green jackfruit, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, your favorite kind
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup red cabbage, very thinly sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet or roasting pan with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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. But note that freezing may affect the texture of the jackfruit.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Carolyn says:

    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?

  2. Carolyn says:

    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?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      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!

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