4.20.2021

Jackfruit Tacos BBQ Style

Don’t knock these jackfruit tacos ’til you try them. Seriously loaded with flavor + great texture = a delicious, plant based meal.

jackfruit tacos

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.

canned jackfruit for tacos

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.

jackfruit tacos recipe

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.

BBQ jackfruit

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.

quick and easy meatless dinner recipe

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

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:

  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
jackfruit tacos

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. 
4.95 from 19 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired / Plant-Based
Servings: 4 2 tacos each
Calories: 465kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Equipment

  • stove

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • 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. 

Notes

  •  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.

Nutrition

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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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. 😉

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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 realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Kat says:

    Jackfruit seemed intimidating… Thanks for making in approachable. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Amanda says:

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

  3. Kim says:

    I was skeptical on this one but HOLY SMOKES… it’s SO good! 5 stars!!

  4. Kristen says:

    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!

  5. Erin says:

    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.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

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

  6. Carolyn says:

    QUESTIONS:
    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?

  7. Carolyn says:

    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?

    • 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!

  8. Chilly says:

    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!!!!

  9. CARLA says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      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. 🙂

  10. Cande says:

    I’m very hesitant to try new fruits and veggies. But if it could taste like meat why not give it a try!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You never know until you try it, Cande! Def give it a try. 😉

  11. Denessa Elaine White says:

    This looks so amazing. I really want to eat more jackfruit. I have been vegan for 2 months and I also don’t like processed food, so meat substitutes like this are perfect! I became vegan because I wanted to incorporate more non meat foods into my cooking. The only way to do it was to go all in. I have been loving it so much!

    • Janice says:

      Thank you for reinventing recipes! I definitely need to try this one!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, give it a try and come back to let us know how you like it! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s great, Denessa! I think you’re going to love this recipe. 🙂

  12. Virginia mahn says:

    I have been using jackfruit for about a year. It’s a great substitute for meat!

  13. ALEXIS says:

    I was so excited to see this recipe this morning. I can not wait to try it!!!! I am tasting it with my eyes. Lol!!!!!

  14. Benedict Anthony Sy says:

    This is good but i have a better plan. I put this as an omelette. Stir fry onions, garlic. Add the jackfruit then put in the eggs.
    Also but the fresh one that is ripe is good, eat the fresh yellow meat take out the seed inside. Also you can cook the seeds in boiling water for about thirty mins. Let it cool then shell the seed eat the inside. Taste like peanuts. Take care for those who has gout. You can not eat more than ten pieces. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      An omelette would be delicious. Great suggestions, thanks!

  15. Brandy L Mays says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this post! I’ve always wanted to try jackfruit but was a bit put off and too afraid to try. Your post assured me of the benefits and that yummy recipe definitely changed my mind. Now I’ve just gotta get my hands on some to try it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Brandy! You def need to try these. 🙂

  16. Nat says:

    I fell in love with jackfruit last year. It is amazing and with bbq sauce tastes just like meat. It’s crazy!

    Try to fool your family and friends with this. Make sure the pieces are shredded finely though.

  17. Theresa Rosenzweig says:

    I had actually tried a prepackaged shredded jackfruit that I had no idea what a jack fruit was, but all I knew that it was shredded meat of some sort and I loved it. It was made with bbq sauce. The store I got it from went out of business so i am on the hunt for this canned jack fruit. Thanks to you i now know there’s a chance of me getting it again

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      If you live near a Trader Joe’s, they have canned jackfruit. But you could also try your local health or asian market. 🙂

  18. Belinda barnes says:

    I can’t wait to try these! I’ve always been a bit afraid to try jackfruit but these look very doable and delicious!

  19. Nicole says:

    I’m kind of intrigued! They started selling the whole fruit in Publix and I’m always curious to know how you eat it. I’d give these a try now that I know you can get it in a can! Less intimidating than that dinosaur egg!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So true! Even though that dinosaur egg looks so interesting, I’m going for the canned version every time!

  20. Julia says:

    This is a totally new concept, could be really good!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Jackfruit is a popular replacement for meat, especially shredded chicken or pork. Def give these a try!

  21. Mary Wiegand says:

    I am not an adventurous cook or eater but I became vegetarian 4 years ago on Earth Day. Jackfruit is so ugly I never wanted to buy it, and never even thought it might come canned. I want to try this recipe because it looks simple and different, and if I like it I can make it again for my birthday which is on Cinco de Mayo! Conveniently, there is a Trader Joe’s within walking distance of my apt. so I would also adhere to stay at home rules in WA. Pick Me!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s awesome, Mary! Sounds like you have no reason not to try this delicious recipe! 🙂

  22. Trish Leichty says:

    YES! My daughters and I just learned all about the Jackfruit because of your blog post and we are definitely going to try this recipe. Just printed it out and added canned Jackfruit to our Trader Joe’s shopping list. Thank you so much!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s awesome, Trish! Jackfruit is really good and so versatile! After you make them, come back and let us know how you liked the tacos! 🙂

  23. Carol says:

    Glad I have Trader Joe’s nearby. Will look for this next time. I am open to try new things at least once. I never had fennel before. Loved it …. now I can’t find it. But times are far from normal. I have tried to incorporate more plants into my diet and I am very happy to say the recipes are easy or I should say they are workable for me. so for once I am succeeding. This is all from the kid that was bribed or told my grandfather grew them to get me to eat veggies.

  24. Tim Grance says:

    very intriguing. at first, i thought from the picture the lady was holding a durian which has unique taste much beloved in parts of SE asia despite its noxious smell and rotten egg taste. so in contrast jackfruit is wonderful. very creative use of the fruit. keep up the good work, great healthy food is love. Best regards

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thanks, Tim! And you’re right, healthy food is a great way to show love to ourselves + our families!

  25. LisaE says:

    I was at a friends house this last year for dinner. Their Indonesian aunt made curried ‘chicken’ using jackfruit. It was amazing! I have a can of Trader Joe’s jackfruit in my pantry right now just waiting for a good recipe. Will try your barbecue. Also I have reached out to my friend for his aunt curry recipe. Will share when I get it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, please share it! And let us know what you think of these tacos! 🙂

  26. RF says:

    Not at all interested in something like this. Maybe I’m more of a purist. I don’t eat meat, so I dont want to eat something that masquerades meat. Yuck! I thought the same thing when they started coming out with vegetarian sausages, chicken, meat, etc. Give me beans and veggies any day!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Everyone has their own tastes, of course! But the HUGE difference between these and vegetarian meat substitutes is that those other things are often made with a long list of ingredients, some unpronounceable, and these are made with one, whole food… which does appeal to some food purists. So maybe it’s the BBQ flavor you’re not into. 😉

  27. Barbara says:

    I’ve heard about jack fruit as substitute for meat but never knew how to prepare it since it looked so different. Thanks for excellent recipe and photos

  28. Kristen Marr says:

    I would LOVE to try this to fool my hubby who thinks meat should be in every meal-Ug
    Plus they just look delicious! Perfect for kids too!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, Kristen! A great meal to make the whole family happy. And I’m betting your husband will not be able to tell the diff. 🙂

  29. Dana says:

    Love that you are sharing this fun idea!! It makes it so much less intimidating to find that in a can! I can’t wait to head to Trader Joe’s in a couple of weeks. Yum . Would love that motivation to get there! Bless you and your family ☺️
    You are a rawkstar!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      *You* are such a rawkstar, Dana! These are so good, def give them a try and let us know what you think!

  30. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for this article and recipe! I have been curious about using jackfruit as a meat substitute. Please keep the jackfruit recipes coming! Thank you for being a trusted resource for good health and plant-based eating!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Lisa! So glad you’re here for all our delicious and healthy recipes! 🙂

  31. Dave rzewnicki says:

    Can’t wait to get to TJ’s to try this! Thank you! Stay healthy!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Try them and come back to let us know how you liked them, Dave! And you stay healthy, also! 😀

  32. Jennifer A says:

    I think this blog post will be a life changer! My only experience with Jackfruit has been in a vegan grilled cheese sandwich that was prepared for me at a festival I attended. It was delicious, but I never pursued trying it on my own beyond that day. I had no clue what jackfruit actually looked like until I saw these pictures. WOW! Knowing that I can buy it in a can is less intimidating, and I will definitely be trying this taco recipe once I can make a trip to Trader Joe’s. The ingredients are going on my shopping list, and I look forward to seeing if I can “trick” the meat lovers in my family, too! Thanks, Jen, for a new recipe and for broadening my horizons!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love your comment, Jennifer! So glad we could help reintroduce jackfruit back into your life. 🙂

  33. Ellen says:

    I’ve seen my vegan friend use this ingredient a lot, and I’ve always been intrigued. Would love to try the taco recipe on the family to see if anyone notices the difference!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Def give it a try, Ellen, and come back to let us know what you think!

  34. Quianna Summerhill says:

    Those look amazing!!! My family loves tacos. I will most definitely be trying these. Thank you!

  35. Melisa says:

    We have seen a whole Jack fruit at Sprouts and my daughter has been wanting me to buy one. It would be much easier (and affordable) to try the canned version! And having this recipe gives me a way to try it.

  36. Casey Malone says:

    Jackfruit is a recent favorite in our household! First had it at a food festival and when I stumbled upon it in TJs I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve only ever done BBQ/Jamaican jerk flavors with it, but would be curious to figure out how to make a patty that doesn’t fall apart with it. 😉 Excited to try this version of the BBQ jackfruit for tacos!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Isn’t jackfruit great?! Let us know how you like this recipe after you give it a try. 🙂

  37. Ruth says:

    I’ve always wanted to try jackfruit tacos! I’ve made taco meat with walnuts, and even a walnut lentil combination. However, this is now a must on my list. Being quarantined at home, I’ve been cleaning out leftovers from the fridge, pantry, and freezer. I have not really gone grocery shopping in in a while and will be venturing out this weekend to grocery shop and try a few new recipes because trying new plant based recipes is just plain therapeutic and makes me happy. This recipe will definitely be one of them! I love how this recipe came out now because I just saw a quote along the lines of “It’s ok to fall apart…tacos fall apart and we still love them.” So true 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, so true, Ruth! Can’t wait for you to try these, I think you’re really going to like them!

  38. Megan Logsdon says:

    Ha! You don’t know how excited I am to try this! I bought a can from Trader Joe’s probably a year ago and I’ve been to chicken to try it. I’ll definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks as always for the yummy healthy eating tips!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yay, Megan! So glad we could help out with a recipe so you can give this awesome plant a try. 🙂

  39. Denise says:

    Looks awesome! The adults in our house love all the ways we’ve used Jackfruit to take the places of meat. The tough sell was going to be my teen who is carnivore through and through. But after one bite of this, the teen is a total fan as well!

  40. Krystle Miller says:

    I’m going to make a trip to TJ’s this weekend to try this. I was an anti-cook before being quarantined and know have to create great meals at home. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Awww! I love this. I do feel like a lot of good has come from quarantine for most of us. Love that you’re embracing it with the home cookin’.

  41. Maura Howerton says:

    I am terrified of Jack fruit. I lived in India for a couple years and it is a staple over there, but I heard so many rumors about it smelling bad. It would take getting it free to get me to try it!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      That would def repel me too! Gross. When it’s in the can, it’s in a brine which prob helps if there ever was a “smell.” I’ve never seen it ripe and fresh, so I have no clue what that’s like. I hope you get adventurous and try this recipe– it’ll change your mind!

  42. Tara Comstock-Green says:

    Mmmm… I love jackfruit. I will be giving this a try after our next grocery shopping trip!! Excited to try this as I am getting tired of meat.
    Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Hahaha— i hear ya Tara. I feel like I’m getting tiered of everything and just want new things. Feels like Groundhogs Day with COVID. I hope you’re able to find it next time you grocery shop.

  43. Lori J Lauscher (LoLa) says:

    I can’t get canned jackfruit where I live (Panama), but I can get the whole fruit, which I did–once! It was quite the experience to open it and clean it, and I even had to enlist the help of my 12 year-old neighbor. We had a blast! Lots of work, but so many delicious meals out of it and plenty to share. I hope to have access to the canned fruit someday.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Oh my gosh! I would have LOVED to watch you do this! Reminds me of the time when I tried to open a coconut for the milk + meat. I almost cut my finger off, but it was so much fun. Wish the fresh jackfruit, you can get so much fruit form it. I wonder if you did it with a friend again and freeze it until you need it?

  44. Beverly says:

    I am so excited to make these! I had no idea how to use Jack Fruit. I bet my carnivore husband will love them!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Another win for you Beverly!!! Yeah!!!! Seriously, if Ryan was tricked, I think there’s a good chance most meat lovers will love them too. My kids didn’t give them a shot yet, but I’m def gonna win them over soon. 🙂

  45. Kate Baker says:

    Oh I would love to try these! I know from experience as a SGS recipe tester and Cleanse participant that they will be awesome! A little place down my street uses jackfruit and I’ve been interested in trying it at home…didn’t know it came in a can!!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      You are awesome Kate and I always enjoy your feedback with new recipes. Trader Joes is the best price I can find, but I know there are other options out there too. And you can always buy the dragon egg if you’re extra adventurous. Hahaha!

  46. Erin says:

    Alright, you’ve sold me. I’m going to pick some up and give these a try!! We’ve been playing around with a lot of nuts for non-meat, protein options, so this will be new and hopefully delicious!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Hahaha! I love it! Glad I could bring you over to the jackfruit side. I can’t wait to see what you think. Adding a cashew cream on top would boost the protein content too, if you feel you need it.

  47. Christine Cipriano says:

    I love Jackfruit! I use it for my “crab”cakes!!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      NO way?! I haven’t heard using it for that! Seriously the options with jackfruit go on and on.

  48. Jeannette Charles says:

    I have used jackfruit in a smoothie with mango an kale. Super yummy, but I am willing to try it in a recipe, taco are a favorite food of mine, cause you can do a lot with them in different techniques. Thanks for the recipe. Tuesday is Taco Night.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      I think you’re gonna be amazing Jeannette. It’s such a great base for tacos and you can change up the sauce from BBQ to even a Taco Seasoning and it would be delish!.

  49. Christina says:

    Love Jack Fruit, and Trader Joe’s is one of the better ( and less expensive brands!) . Tacos, bar-b-que sandwiches,. I am curious to try it in”un”/“no” tuna salad instead of hearts of palm….

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Trader Joes is amazing with all their plant-based options. You’ll have to let me know how it goes with the “tuna” salad. Christina.

  50. Karin says:

    I am so curious! I live in a house of meat-lovers and I love finding ways for them to feel like they are eating meat when I know we are not. I have seen the can at Trader Joe’s but haven’t gotten any to try yet. Now I have a reason to add it to the list!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      This recipe is WORTH making and serving to your meat lovers. Hope you can find it at your Trader Joes- i know all food can be dicey to find right now Karin. Good luck!

  51. Susan Ze says:

    Jackfruit has always intrigued me both because of the name and what it looks like, but it has also always intimidated me, mainly because I had no idea what it was like at all! I would love to try this recipe if I can find the canned version. Otherwise, I would have no idea how to even access the fruit within the “dragon eggshell!:

    • Jen Hansard says:

      I was the SAME way!!! I stayed away from it for years (mainly because it looked too much like meat and I’ve never been a big meat eater). Yet I finally tried it and was in awe of how much flavor it can pick up from the sauces you use. It was amazing and I hope you give it a shot Susan. And yeah— I’ve never been brave enough to buy. the dragon egg at the store. I stick with the cans. Hahahha!

  52. Mame Johnston says:

    I actually have 2 cans of this in my pantry, but haven’t used them yet as I didn’t have a recipe that sounded like something appealing to me. I pray that I have some BBQ sauce tucked in there somewhere, too! My favorite is Bone Suckin’ Sauce, made locally by a former student’s family. Stay safe, Jen and fam!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      I hope you find your sauce! It sounds amazing and this would be such an easy meal for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. 🙂

  53. Megan says:

    I definitely want to try these tacos! I was introduced to jackfruit by my sister, who’d picked up some dried jackfruit (it’s yummy), and would love to try it out in a non-dried fruit kinda way. 🙂 And they look delicious!

  54. Brittany says:

    This sounds so good! I would love to try a homemade version since the preseasoned ones i’ve tried weren’t very good.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Yeah— I saw the bags at the store that have everything mixed in and they feel so mushy. Def go this route and add some crunch with diced onions and cabbage– it’s really good Brittany.

  55. Brittany Betts says:

    I LOVE ❤️LOVE❤️ LOVE jackfruit! Especially tacos! Originally born and raised in California tacos were one thing I missed when I moved and became plant based so jackfruit became my best friend. Lol it so versatile.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, I would love to try it soon.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      I was born and raised in LA— so tacos are part of my bloodline too! In Florida it’s rare to find a good taco place. If we can’t find good tacos, we bring them to us, right!

  56. Tracy Smith says:

    I’m excited to try this. I feel like it will give the sturdiness of meat without the cholesterol, etc.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      For sure! This could be a Meatless Monday dish all the way Tracy.

  57. Carrie Fadden says:

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a Jack fruit. But, yum fruit in your taco! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      It’s truly like a whole new world right here. And it doesn’t even taste fruity…. it’s literally just a carried for all my sauces and flavors I want in a taco. Hahaha!

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