Quickly taking the plant-based world by storm, jackfruit is now a common ingredient in many vegetarian and vegan dishes. Native to southeast Asia, the large spiky fruit has an easy-to-shred texture that mimics foods like shredded chicken or pork. Perfect for Tex-Mex dishes like BBQ Nachos or Jackfruit Taquitos, the low-calorie fruit is also at home in comforting dishes like Potpie or Vegan 'Chicken' Noodle Soup. Be sure to buy canned jackfruit in brine, as jackfruit that's packed in syrup will give the wrong taste and texture for these recipes. It's available for purchase in Asian markets and some health food stores.
Just the right size for appetizers or tapas, these tasty little bites will leave guests lingering around the snack table. Crispy baked tortillas are topped with a meaty jackfruit base (spiced with chipotle chiles and cumin) that is so similar to pulled pork that no one will even guess that the recipe is vegan. Add in quick pickled veggies to cut through the heat and finish with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro for a beautiful (and delicious) presentation.
Crispy, spicy, and totally plant-based, these vegan taquitos make the ultimate party finger food. Shredded jackfruit mimics the texture of cooked chicken, while being doused in a tangy chipotle-infused sauce. These easy snacks are baked, not fried, to keep the calories low still creating that irresistibly crunchy texture. Serve with homemade guacamole on the side to cool down the peppery bite.
Whether you're whipping up this recipe for a tailgate or just a movie night in with friends, everyone will enjoy these plant-based nachos. Jackfruit's meaty texture gets coated in a honey-cayenne barbecue sauce that makes every bite a sweet and spicy experience. Drizzle on creamy vegan nacho cheese, go to town with fresh toppings, and you've got an appetizer or snack recipe that will satisfy vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Nothing says comfort quite like potpie. Traditionally made with chicken, we put a plant-based spin on this cozy casserole by substituting shredded jackfruit and using vegan-friendly puff pastry. With rich flavor thanks to the sautéed onions and combination of herbs, this is a vegan main dish that will fool even the most committed meat-eaters. Serve with a side salad or steamed veggies to complete the meal.
Everyone enjoys a steaming bowl of soup to warm up their body and spirits when they're under the weather. Now vegans and vegetarians don't have to miss out on this comfort. Our plant-based spin on chicken noodle features jackfruit, which perfectly mimics shredded chicken, and a combination of herbs that will hit you with a nostalgic taste. Feel free to substitute other pasta shapes (alphabet soup, anyone?) or other seasonal veggies you have on hand.