Recipe

Smoked Jackfruit Tacos

These sweet and smokey jackfruit tacos are a delicious fusion of Mexican and Vietnamese flavours, using spicy chipotle, a subtle hint of five-spice, and a sweet & savoury Tamari Maple Sauce that will knock your socks off, they're a fresh and flavourful lunch or light dinner. Jackfruit is the perfect meat substitute for vegan or vegetarian tacos, with its ability to absorb all those yummy flavours and uncanny similarity to pulled meat, you'll enjoy these tacos even if you're not a meat-eater.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 400 g can young jackfruit, drained and rinsed, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 6 small soft corn tortillas
  • 75 g (1 cup) finely shredded red cabbage 
  • 1 carrot, julienned 

Tamari–Maple Sauce

To Serve

  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons crispy fried shallots 
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Lime wedges

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the jackfruit, paprika and red onion and sauté for 1 minute. Add the chipotle sauce, tomato paste, five-spice powder and 3 tablespoons of water and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the jackfruit is soft and cooked through. Break up the jackfruit using the back of a fork so that it appears ‘shredded’.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all the tamari–maple sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Fry the tortillas in a dry frying pan over high heat for 15 seconds on each side, then transfer to serving plates. To assemble the tacos, divide the cabbage, carrot and jackfruit mixture among the tortillas. Top with a few coriander leaves, crispy fried shallots and a good pinch of chili powder. Drizzle over the tamari–maple sauce and serve with lime wedges on the side.

With thanks to the team at Food Matters for this delicious recipe.

Miranda Gray

Article by Miranda Gray

Miranda has had a background in the health and wellness industry for over eight years, and is a co-founder of Aussie Health Products.

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