Jackfruit BBQ Taco

Have you ever seen a jackfruit?


Looks aren't everything!


I had passed by them in the farmer’s market, not knowing what that prickly thing was.  Never thought twice about it.  Until I saw this recipe by Jessica @ Clean Green Simple: Carolina Pulled “Pork” BBQ Sandwich.


BBQ?  Jackfruit?  Curiosity killed the blogger.

Exhibit A: the funny-looking fruit in the back left corner of the $35 farmer’s market pic I posted Monday:

Jackfruit.  Not just any jackfruit – that is just 1/4 of a jackfruit (they pre-slice them).  They can grow to be 8o lbs and 3 ft long!  My quartered piece was just 99 cents.  So cheap – I would have been losing money if I didn’t buy it!

The Low-Down

It was delicious raw – a little chewy, tropically-sweet, reminiscent of a mango in flavor.  It’s also in season right now!

Jackfruit is also super-nutritious:

  • Energy replenish-er and revitalizes the body instantly (I can vouch for this – I perked up and went to the gym after dinner!)
  • Good source of Vitamin-A, B, C cancer-preventing antioxidant flavonoids (like β-carotene and lutein)
  • Mineral-rich (potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron)
  • Full of fiber
  • Improves iron absorption
  • Normalizes blood sugar levels and supports healthy thyroid gland


Using about 1.5 C of fresh jackfruit (you can also find it canned), I followed Jessica’s dry rub recipe (red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground mustard, black pepper, and garlic powder) except I subbed shallot for the regular onion and I omitted the salt and onion powder (the spices were more than enough flavor!).


Tossed in the dry rub


The wet sauce I ad-libbed a bit based on what I had on-hand.

Coated in wet sauce and ready to bake


So.  Good. It took a long time to make since I had to peel/seed the jackfruit and I got the spice rub in my eye, but it was TOTALLY worth it.


Doesn't it look like the taco is levitating?!


I had also just seen Evan @ The Wannabe Chef post a socca taco shell, so I decided to turn Jessica’s sandwich into a taco!  These were super easy to make and I liked them much better than “regular” hard taco shells.


Coolest thing I've ever made

Served with a salad of roasted tomatillo, cilantro, watercress, and lime juice.

Oh, and did I mention you can eat jackfruit seeds?  Yup.  I can’t find the stats, but they are rumored to be a good source of protein.  I toasted those up in a skillet and tossed them on my salad too!


My BBQ-Taco ended up being vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Combine that with a 99 cent jackfruit, it felt $$$ free.


Favorite dish so far this year

Jackfruit BBQ Taco

  • 1.5 C jackfruit (~1/2 of a jackfruit)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Socca, bread, or taco shell… whatever you want to put it in

For the dry rub:

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch garlic powder

For the wet sauce:

  • 4 T fire-roasted tomato chunks
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 C water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sauté shallot with a splash of oil over medium heat until translucent.  Add garlic and sauté ~1-2 mins longer, until fragrant.  

Mix together dry rub spices and toss with jackfruit pieces until coated.  Add to a medium-sized pan and cook over medium-high heat for ~5 mins to toast spices.  

Stir together wet sauce ingredients and add to pan, along with shallot and garlic.  Simmer jackfruit in sauce for 20-30 mins until softened.

Using a fork, shred the jackfruit pieces into small stringy bits.  Spread mixture evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 mins until slightly dried out and toughened.

Scoop in to taco shells (or bread) and garnish with lime and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Serves 2-4.


Happy WIAW!!!

It’s certainly not everything I ate, but everything else paled in comparison.

Have you ever had jackfruit?  What is the coolest thing you’ve ever made?



  1. says

    Never had jackfruit, Laura – but but the wway you are descrbing it- I think I am going to have to give it a try. I’ve never seen it in a store, but I will keep a look out for it at farmer’s markets!

  2. says

    I have always wanted to try it but didn’t want to buy one of those huge 80 pounders. Good to know the farmer’s market has them cut, I’ll definitely pick up a wedge next time. Those tacos look killer!

  3. says

    Wow. Can I say delicious? I just posted about dragonfruit a couple days ago and you’re posting about another exotic fruit- must be summer!! Jackfruit looks like fun. I remember seeing one in the chinese food market but it was HUGE and I had no idea how I’d finish it alone. Seriously though, those tacos look so good!

  4. says

    I pass by jackfruit all the time at the farmer’s market! There are so many things that I never think to try, but clearly I’m missing out! You’re so creative and I will check these out on my next trip!

  5. says

    I’ve been wanting to try Jackfruit for a long time, but can’t seem to find it anywhere. I’ll definitely check out the farmer’s markets for it.

    • Laura says

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. Apparently it’s used in a lot of sticky rice desserts too.

  6. Connie Fletcher says

    I would love to know what part of the world has jackfruit in the farmer’s market….it surely ain’t Vermont!! There is, however, a wonderful Asian market where I can buy the green jackfruit in brine as well as the ripe jackfruit in syrup…the best of both worlds!!!!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!!

    • Laura says

      We are blessed with the most incredible market in ATL. They have anything you could imagine!

      Do let me know if you try it! I need to do it again when they come back in season.


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