Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

up close image of jackfruit tacos with jalapeno

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This Jackfruit Tacos recipe is an amazing plant based taco recipe for anyone to enjoy. Young jackfruit takes on all of the taco seasoning spices for a flavorful meat substitute, and it’s ready in about 30 minutes! Vegan, paleo and gluten free friendly.


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Jackfruit Taco Meat

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14 ounce) canned young jackfruit, in water or brine (see notes)
  • 2 Tbsp Taco Seasoning (see notes)
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce, or 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water or broth
  • juice of 1 lime (about 3 Tbsp)

Taco Toppings

  • favorite taco shells
  • shredded purple cabbage
  • shredded romaine
  • diced red bell pepper
  • sliced avocado
  • sliced jalapeño pepper


1. Saute aromatics: In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, onion and garlic to pan. Cook until fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 minutes.

2. Prepare jackfruit: Strain, rinse and pat dry the canned jackfruit. Remove the cores and begin shredding the soft centers (you can keep the pod-like centers if they’re small or discard large ones). Once all shredded, pat dry again.

canned jackfruit shredded on cutting board

3. Cook jackfruit: Add shredded jackfruit into skillet, sprinkle on taco seasoning, adobo sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to coat and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

jackfruit in skillet with spices

4. Add liquids: Then add in water and juice of 1 lime. Stir and simmer for 20 minutes. Now your jackfruit taco meat is ready for tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, salads and more. 

seasoned jackfruit in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon

6. Serve jackfruit as you would for tacos, using your favorite shells and adding your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

cast iron skillet with jackfruit taco meat and taco toppings on plates


JACKFRUIT – Make sure to get young jackfruit, in water or brine – not syrup. You can find here.

TACO SEASONING – Make this easy homemade taco seasoning if you don’t have any on hand. Or I suggest this combination of spices: 1 Tbsp Chili Powder, ½ Tbsp Paprika, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder.

STORAGE – Store leftover jackfruit taco meat in an airtight container in the fridge, use within 4-5 days.

FREEZER – Jackfruit taco meat can also be frozen, up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge and then reheat on stovetop over medium heat.