side shot of hand holding vegan jackfruit taco with lettuce and cabbage on top

Jackfruit Tacos

Creating mouthwatering pulled BBQ jackfruit tacos at home is an easy and delicious way to take ordinary tacos to the next level of Mexican awesome!  Naturally gluten free, vegan, and plant-based, jackfruit is an amazing alternative to real and mock meat!
Course Entree, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword jackfruit tacos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 60kcal
Author Rebecca



  • 2 20 oz cans of young jackfruit in water or brine rinse and drain


  • 1 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Flavorful Barbecue Sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp chipotle pepper in adobo sauce optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Grab 2 cans of young jackfruit in water or brine.  Rinse and drain the jackfruit.  Cut up the jack fruit chunks into thin slices, starting at the firm outer edge of each piece slicing inward toward the core.
  • Sauté diced onion pieces in olive oil over low heat until clear.  While the onions are cooking, go ahead and mix up your sauce for the jackfruit in a small mixing bowl.  Once the onions are ready, add minced garlic, sliced jackfruit and flavoring sauce to the onion pan.
  • Stir everything together, and then use a potato masher to further breakdown the jackfruit.  Simmer over medium/low heat for 5-7 minutes, adding a few tablespoons of water for moisture during cooking process if needed.  
  • Add a spoonful of pulled jackfruit to warmed soft or hard tacos. Top with shredded cabbage, lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a drizzle of vegan sour cream! Or whatever else your heart desires! Yumm!


Spicy note: This recipe calls for 1 tsp minced Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce – that equals about 1 pepper. This gives the BBQ sauce wonderful flavor, and while I wouldn’t rate it as ‘spicy’ it isn’t totally mild either. Consider using half the amount if you prefer very mild food.

What to serve on pulled jackfruit tacos:

Anything that you love on tacos is the perfect topping for pulled jackfruit tacos!  Salsa, vegan cheese or cream, tomatoes, olives, shredded cabbage, lettuce, avocado dices or guacamole, you name it!  At least as much as you can fit in a taco!!
 A couple of my favorite toppings include:  Cabbage Salsa, Easy Guacamole, and Mom's best Blender Salsa.  I also love a side of Mexican Rice with this!


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg