I heard about jackfruit a few months ago, I think VegNews did a big article about the hottest new vegan meat substitute or something, and then my cousin suggested trying it. I couldn’t find it anywhere until finally this week! And now I can try Pulled Pork! I mean…vegan pulled jackfruit pork! Make sure you buy the jackfruit in brine (not syrup).
The texture really is very meaty. Unseasoned, the jackfruit has a definite canned taste. I think it’s kind of like tofu, though, soaking up the flavors of whatever you add to it. And this was so good, I didn’t even bother making a side dish – I just ate, like, 6 tacos instead.
By the way, this is gluten free since we’re using corn tortillas 😀
I bet some of you vegans can guess where I got the inspiration for a mesquite lime flavor. Primal Strips vegan jerky! The mesquite lime is my favorite, and this was a pretty close match to that flavor profile.
What’s your favorite way to eat tacos? Let me know in the comments!
Mesquite Lime Vegan Pulled Jackfruit “Pork” Tacos
1 can jackfruit in brine, drained
1/2 C finely chopped onion
2 – 4 cloves garlic, chopped (or to taste)
mesquite liquid smoke*
(* to taste)
2 small limes, juice of
2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste
bell pepper, cut into strips
green onion, chopped
6 corn tortillas
Drain jackfruit in colander and rinse thoroughly. Squeeze out excess liquid.
In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil over medium-low heat. You want a decent amount of oil, about twice what you’d normally use for sauteing the veggies. Stir occasionally to keep garlic from browning.
Meanwhile, shred the jackfruit by pulling it apart by hand. I used all of it, the thick base of the fruit and the weird seedy part. And the weird seeds. It all went in.
Add the jackfruit to to the pan, then season to taste. Douse the whole thing with mesquite liquid smoke. Don’t be stingy. Add maple syrup – you want it to be mildly sweet, with a noticeable (yet light) maple flavor.
Stir it up and let it cook for at least 10 minutes, turning it every so often to get most of it browned. Add lime juice during last few minutes.
Meanwhile saute bell pepper and green onions until onions are tender and peppers are bright green. You may wish to sprinkle with a little extra salt (I do love salt!). Pile jackfruit and veggies on warmed corn tortillas, and enjoy!
For One Pan Tacos: I like to cook the jackfruit in a big pan so I can push it aside and saute the veggies in the same pan. When the veggies are done I push those over, too, and heat my corn tortillas.
Have you tried pulled jackfruit? What do you think???