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Low-Calorie Vegetarian Jackfruit Tacos

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Low-Calorie jackfruit tacos make a great meatless meal. The consistency is similar to shredded chicken or pork and are perfect for tacos.

Jackfruit tacos

You can buy jackfruit fresh and cook with it that way, but I found a canned version at my local Trader Joe’s store.

Working with canned jackfruit is easier than fresh because it’s already been brining and therefore softer and easier to work with. When you take the jackfruit out of the can it looks like chunks of meat.

I put it into a bowl and then used two forks to shred it apart. It really looks like a bowl of shredded chicken at that point. If you are looking for a meatless meal option these low-calorie jackfruit tacos are a nice alternative.

Jackfruit tacos

What is jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a bulbous fruit that comes from a jackfruit tree. These are mainly grown in Southeast Asia, but enjoyed all over the world. Jackfruit has a thick, green rind surrounding the fleshy inside. Luckily, it’s also available prepped-in a can. 

Is jackfruit healthy?

Jackfruit is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6 and fiber. Though jackfruit is a good swap for certain meat-based recipes, it doesn’t have a particularly high protein content.

Jackfruit tacos

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Made with canned jackfruit
  • Great meatless meal option
  • Great family friendly meal
Jackfruit tacos

Ingredients 

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Canned jackfruit
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Paprika 
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Lime
  • White corn tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Fat free sour cream
  • Reduced fat shredded cheese
Jackfruit tacos

How to make this recipe

1 – Drain the can of brined jackfruit, put it in a bowl, and shred it with two forks to get consistency of shredded meat.

2 – Heat a skillet over medium-heat with 1/4 cup of water.

3 – Add the shredded jackfruit and cover it with a lid. Let it steam for about 10 minutes or until water evaporates. Be sure to watch the jackfruit so it doesn’t burn. Remove the jackfruit from the skillet.

4 – Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for a minute.

5 – Add jackfruit, paprika, chili powder and cumin to skillet with jackfruit. Stir until well blended.

6 – Add juice of one lime, then remove from heat.

7 – Warm up corn tortillas either on stovetop or in microwave. Divide jackfruit mixture between the corn tortillas, then top with sour cream, cheese, and salsa. Serve warm. 

shredded jackfruit

How do I season jackfruit?

If you’re looking for more ways to season jackfruit, it can be seasoned similar to the way meat is seasoned. Garlic, onion, crushed red peppers, cayenne and bbq sauce are some ways to season jackfruit.

How do I store cooked jackfruit?

Place jackfruit in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week. 

Can I freeze cooked jackfruit?

Yes, place cooked jackfruit in a freezer safe bag, or container. Stored properly, jackfruit can last up to 2 months.

Calories per serving (2 tacos): 291

Yield: 4 Servings

Low-Calorie Vegetarian Jackfruit Tacos

Jackfruit tacos

Jackfruit tacos make a great meatless meal. The consistency is similar to shredded chicken or pork and are perfect for tacos.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 oz can green jackfruit (in brine)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • 8 tbsp salsa, divided
  • 8 tbsp fat free sour cream, divided
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Drain can of brined jackfruit. Put in bowl and shred with two forks to get consistency of shredded meat.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat with 1/4 cup of water. Add shredded jackfruit, cover with lid. Let steam for about 10 minutes or until water evaporates. Watch so it doesn’t burn. Remove jackfruit.
  3. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for a minute. Add jackfruit, paprika, chili powder and cumin to skillet with jackfruit. Stir until well blended. Add juice of one lime then remove from heat.
  4. Warm up corn tortillas either on stovetop or in microwave. Divide jackfruit mixture between 8 corn tortillas. Top with sour cream, salsa, and shredded cheese. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 579mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Denay DeGuzman

Monday 9th of March 2020

My niece cooked these jackfruit tacos for the family, and they were delicious! Thank you for sharing a delicious recipe that's perfect for Taco Tuesday!

simplylowcal

Monday 9th of March 2020

That's great to hear, Denay. :)

Priya Lakshminarayan

Monday 9th of March 2020

I have been on the fence about jack fruit but your recipe has got me convinced. :) Will try this soon.

simplylowcal

Monday 9th of March 2020

Thanks, Priya. I hope you enjoy. :)

Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy

Monday 9th of March 2020

These tacos look delicious and I'm always looking for new ways to use Jackfruit. What a keeper!

simplylowcal

Monday 9th of March 2020

Thank you! :)

Haley D Williams

Monday 9th of March 2020

What a great way to change up taco night! I have to try this!

simplylowcal

Monday 9th of March 2020

I hope you enjoy them, Haley. :)

Anna

Monday 9th of March 2020

I've got a tin of jackfruit in my kitchen cupboard and it's been there for a while, purely because I had no idea how to use it. I now know exactly what I'm going to make with it! Can't wait to try this recipe!

simplylowcal

Monday 9th of March 2020

That's great, Anna. I hope you enjoy. :)

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