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Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

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  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan jackfruit tacos are a quick, easy, and healthy dinner recipe! Juicy jackfruit carnitas are used as a meat replacement for these meatless tacos. Serve them with tortillas and all of your favorite toppings. You will impress the whole family with this Mexican-inspired dish!




  • 2 cans jackfruit, drained and rinsed (in brine, not syrup)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  • 8 taco size corn or flour tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • Lettuce
  • Sour cream


  1. Prepare jackfruit: Drain and rinse the jackfruit in a mesh strainer. Add the jackfruit to a bowl. Cut off the pointy tips of each piece or leave them intact. The pointy tips have a firm and chewier texture than the rest of the jackfruit (most people remove them). Use clean hands or a fork to shred the jackfruit. Do not shred it too much, as it will continue to break apart while cooking. A rough shred is all that’s needed (see photos).
  2. Cook veggies: Warm a frying pan or skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil and diced onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Add minced garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  3. Cook jackfruit: Add shredded jackfruit to the pan. Cook, stirring together, for 2-3 minutes. Add vegetable broth, maple syrup, soy sauce, and lime juice. Mix together, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Warm tortillas: Warm the tortillas in a frying pan, heating each side for 15-30 seconds. This makes them more pliable. You can also warm tortillas in the microwave with a damp paper towel covering them.
  5. Assemble tacos: Top the warm tortillas with shredded jackfruit and your favorite toppings, like lettuce, pico de gallo, avocado, and sour cream. Enjoy!


  • Use canned jackfruit in brine, NOT canned jackfruit in syrup.
  • I recommend using street taco tortillas, which are roughly 11 oz in size.
  • Nutrition facts include the tortillas with jackfruit, since the toppings vary.


  • Serving Size: 1 taco
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g