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Easy Jackfruit Tacos

Spiced jackfruit tacos are so easy to whip up on a busy night ~ and, heavily spiced with coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, ginger and chili powder, they make for a tasty, spicealicious, vegan meal!

Easy and Delicious Jackfruit Tacos with canned jackfruit

Here in Georgia, I cannot seem to find ripe, fresh Jackfruit until the summer months. So, when I have a hankering for some jackfruit, I pick up a couple of cans of canned jackfruit.
I’ve picked up canned jackfruit at Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and a few Walmart stores as well. However, if you cannot find it at any of these, there’s good ol’ Amazon!

Using Fresh Jackfruit To Make Jackfruit Tacos
Using Fresh Jackfruit To Make Jackfruit Tacos

To me, canned jackfruit is not ripe or juicy or sweet. It doesn’t have a distinctly delicious, nostril tingling aroma.

In fact, it is kind of bland in taste and smell. However, there are advantages to it being bland. Like tofu, it is phenomenal at absorbing flavors it is exposed to.

I usually rinse out canned jackfruit well and pat it dry as much as possible, before dousing it in spices – like I did when I make these Easy Jackfruit Tacos.

Using Canned Jackfruit To Make Vegan Jackfruit Tacos For Dinner
Using Canned Jackfruit To Make Jackfruit Tacos

Now, I’ve made these Jackfruit Tacos with ripe, fresh jackfruit as well as canned jackfruit. And, while most times I prefer fresh jackfruit, this is one time when I enjoyed eating the tacos made with canned jackfruit more than I did eating those with fresh jackfruit.

Easy and Tasty Jackfruit Tacos For Dinner

While the fresh Jackfruit Tacos had a tasty sweet-spicy flavor thingy going on ~ the texture just threw me off a bit. After having sautéed that fresh jackfruit for 40 minutes, I’m thinking that maybe I didn’t cook it long enough… maybe the stove temperature wasn’t high enough… I don’t know…

What I do know is that in this case, canned jackfruit absorbed the spices I doused it with, beautifully. And, it cooked up into a delicious taco stuffing in less than 20 minutes.

The texture of the cooked canned jackfruit for these tacos reminded me of pulled pork. However, it didn’t taste like pork – at least to me. It is a fruit, after all, and, it made for some delicious and easy Jackfruit Tacos – and a welcome vegan meal in our usually chicken, pork and fish studded weekly meal rotation.

Check out the recipe below, give it a try,
and please do let me know what you think…

Delicious, spice-filled, Jackfruit Tacos Make for a welcome vegan meal.
Easy Jackfruit Tacos

Easy Jackfruit Tacos

Yield: 8 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These jackfruit tacos are so easy to whip up on a busy night ~ and, heavily spiced with coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, ginger and chili powder, they make for a tasty, filling, and spicealicious, vegan meal!


  • 2 tbsp your preferred oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 can young jackfruit
  • 3 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Cilantro
  • To assemble the tacos:
  • Jalapeno, cilantro, guacamole, shredded lettuce.


  1. Drain the jackfruit and, using a colander, rinse it well. Then pat it dry as much as you can - then, place it in a bowl.
  2. Into the bowl with the jackfruit, add in the coriander, cumin, chili, smoked paprika and mix well so the jackfruit is coated with the spices and set aside.
  3. Chop up the onions and garlic and set aside.
  4. Peel the ginger root and grate it up (I grate up a batch and save to use during the week).
  5. Add the oil to a frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Add in the chopped onion and saute about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Add in the garlic and saute a minute or so.
  8. Then add in the spiced jackfruit and saute about 7-10 minutes, stirring often during this time.
  9. When done, season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with chopped cilantro.
  10. Assemble tacos with jalapeno, cilantro, guacamole, shredded lettuce and copious amounts of spiced jackfruit.


**Nutrition data is only for the spiced jackfruit taco filling - it does not include the tacos, guacamole, and other toppings.**

Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 65Total Fat 3.7gSaturated Fat 0.5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 4.1gFiber 2.3gSugar 0.7g

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