Jackfruit tacos

Jackfruit tacos

Vegan Goodness
Jessica Prescott

This is one of those things that you won’t believe until you try it. Once cooked, the texture of the jackfruit is so meat-like, I have had friends worriedly ask, ‘is that vegetarian?’ when serving it at barbecues. You can buy jackfruit at any good Asian supermarket, but it’s important you get the baby jackfruit in brine, not the type in syrup.


Quantity Ingredient
olive oil
1 medium red or white onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
565g tin jackfruit in brine

For the tacos

Quantity Ingredient
8 taco shells
Chunky mexi-corn salsa
1 large ripe avocado, mashed
Ode to cashews
1/2 pomegranate, seeds removed
1 lime, quartered, to serve
1 large green chilli, sliced


  1. Heat a little oil over a medium heat in the bottom of a saucepan and add the finely chopped onion. Stir until transparent.
  2. Add the cinnamon and cumin and stir until fragrant, then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, liquid smoke (if using), paprika, sugar, garlic and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Drain the jackfruit and add this to the sauce once it’s simmering. Allow to simmer while you prep the salsa and other toppings, stirring occasionally.
  4. After half an hour the jackfruit should be very tender and you will be able to separate it out with your wooden spoon, tongs or a fork. Do this and stir together once more so that all of the jackfruit pieces are evenly coated in sauce.
  5. Build the tacos: jackfruit, salsa, avocado, cashew cream, pomegranate, lime juice and slices of chilli.


  • If you don’t have all of the ingredients to make this from scratch, it is also delicious if you cook the jackfruit in a store-bought barbecue sauce. Serve it with my Coleslaw for a match made in heaven.

    If you can’t find jackfruit in brine, this same method can be used with seitan, tempeh, tofu or mushrooms.
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