Low-Calorie Jackfruit Tacos – Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Jackfruit tacos make a great meatless meal. The consistency is similar to shredded chicken or pork and are perfect for tacos.
I enjoy experimenting with new foods and this jackfruit is a newer to me food. You can buy jackfruit fresh and cook with it that way, but I found a canned version at my local Trader Joe’s store. I heard working with canned jackfruit was 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.
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.
To make these tacos, start by draining a can of brined jackfruit, putting it in a bowl, and shredding it with two forks to get consistency of shredded meat. Heat a pan over medium heat with 1/4 cup of water. Then, 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. Now, add olive oil to the pan with the jackfruit, along with the chili powder and cumin. From there you can season the jackfruit with any seasoning for tacos, like garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper, etc. Stir it until well blended. Add juice of one lime, then remove from heat.
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.
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 air tight container and store in the fridge for up to a week. But when frozen, jackfruit will keep safe indefinitely.
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.
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Ingredients for Low-Calorie Jackfruit Tacos
- Canned jackfruit
- Olive oil
- Chili powder
- White corn tortillas
- Fat free sour cream
- Reduced fat shredded cheese
Calories per serving (2 tacos): 291
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Low-Calorie Jackfruit Tacos - Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
- 1 20oz can green jackfruit (In brine)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp 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
- Drain can of brined jackfruit. Put in bowl and shred with two forks to get consistency of shredded meat.
- 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.
- Add olive oil, chili powder and cumin to skillet with jackfruit. Stir until well blended. Add juice of one lime then remove from heat.
- 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.
- 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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