In grocery stores, more people are finding a great meat substitute in shredded jackfruit. Mimicking the texture of meat, they’re a vegan’s dream food and a go-to ingredient for anyone that wants to eat more healthfully. Hailing from tropical regions in Southeast Asia, this strange fruit is in the right place at the right time, making it the ultimate way to turn your favorite recipes into healthier options without sacrificing flavor. Check out my favorite vegan jackfruit recipes for meal prep inspiration!

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Grid of nine jackfruit recipes with a title over them.

What is jackfruit?

Jackfruit comes from tropical trees in Southeast Asia and has a meaty texture inside. Depending on whether it is young jackfruit or not, you will either have a sweet or savory flavor. But that doesn’t really matter when using it in recipes, for you can easily turn it right into your favorite vegan meals.

An actual jackfruit is quite heavy, but luckily, most grocery stores have it already prepared. You can find a can of jackfruit or packages of it cut into portions that are ready to cook or eat.

Where can I buy jackfruit?

Head to your grocery store (hello, Trader Joe!), health food stores, or you can try an Asian grocery store. Jackfruit is that versatile ingredient you need to whip up delicious recipes. And now, it’s so much easier to find available in stores.

The List: 40 Vegan Jackfruit Recipes

The great thing about jackfruit is that it can be used in so many ways. You’ll find sweet flavor plus savory jackfruit recipes that will have you cooking up all kinds of vegan recipes with this versatile fruit. 

Vegan Mexican Jackfruit Recipes

Whether you use store-bought corn tortillas or homemade tortillas, shredded jackfruit fits right in with Mexican recipes. A squeeze of lime juice, a touch of red onion, and vegan cheese all help accentuate the incredible pulled pork texture of this unique fruit. Even if you just added taco seasoning, no one would realize it’s not meat!

1. BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

Using less than ten ingredients, you can make these easy jackfruit tacos.

Four jackfruit tacos on a turquoise background.

2. Vegan Tinga Tostada 

Vegan tinga tacos made with jackfruit. Packed with spices and herbs, this tinned jackfruit recipe will not let you down.

Jackfruit tostada with lettuce, guacamole, and diced tomato on top.

3. Jackfruit Tacos 

These tacos are an easy and delicious Mexican-inspired dinner using canned jackfruit and spicy chipotle sauce.

Flour tortillas filled with jackfruit "meat", veggies, and cilantro.

4. Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Tacos 

Flavor-packed vegan jerk tacos that are ready in just 40 minutes.

Jackfruit mango tacos on a marble surface with blue accents.

5. Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas 

Tender and flavorful vegan jackfruit carnitas require just a handful of simple, inexpensive pantry ingredients and 25 minutes to prepare—perfect for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and more!

Flat tortilla with seasoned jackfruit, diced tomatoes, and onions.

6. Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Tostadas

Change things up with these delicious and easy “pulled pork” tostadas using jackfruit.

Jackfruit tostada with lettuce, guacamole, and diced tomato on top.

7. Vegan Enchiladas With Smoky Jackfruit

Use smoky jackfruit to make these simple and easy vegan enchiladas.

Tray covered in smokey enchiladas covered in vegan cheese, diced tomatoes, and cilantro

8. Crispy Baked Jackfruit Taquitos

Savory and smokey jackfruit taquitos that are baked, not fried. The perfect crispy snack that’s vegan and gluten-free!

Wooden platter covered in crispy taquitos with a bowl of guacamole.

9. Jackfruit Enchiladas

These vegan jackfruit enchiladas are the perfect plant-based dinner to remind you of all the classic flavors you know and love. 

Plate with two enchiladas on it with sliced avocado on top.

10. BBQ Jackfruit Burrito Bowl 

This simple recipe is bold in flavor and incredible in taste. It’s a great healthy option for any meatless weeknight dinner.

Large bowl filled with bbq jackfruit, refried beans, avocado, rice, and veggies.

Vegan Jackfruit Burgers

Pile jackfruit up with your favorite toppings to create vegan burgers that no one can resist. The flavors are bold and brilliant and will change everyone’s mind about going meatless. 

11. Easy Pulled Jackfruit Burger

If you’re looking for the perfect meat substitute, try these jackfruit burgers instead of pulled pork!

Overflowing pulled jackfruit burgers with vegan slaw on top.

12. Jackfruit Burger Patty 

Make this delicious curry-flavored burger perfect for an easy red meat swap.

Perfect jackfruit burger patty topped with lettuce, condiments, and a bun.

13. BBQ Jackfruit Sliders

Make your own vegan slider at home for backyard BBQs and an easy vegan appetizer.

Tall stacked vegan jackfruit slider on a wood table.

14. Buffalo Pulled Jackfruit Burger 

This Buffalo Pulled Jackfruit Burger recipe is incredibly simple, healthy, and delicious! Perfect for vegan-friendly summer cookouts or a healthy weeknight dinner.

Buffalo pulled jackfruit with fresh red cabbage, cucumber and tomato sliced on a bun.

15. Korean BBQ Jackfruit Sliders

These flavor-packed vegan sliders are made with smokey “pulled pork” jackfruit chili. Yum!

White oval food basket lined with brown paper and filled with three sliders.

16. BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork 

Check out this delicious jackfruit burger recipe perfect for your next summer cookout!

BBQ jackfruit pulled pork smothered in sauce on a bun with fries.

Vegan Jackfruit Sandwiches

The meaty texture of jackfruit is a smash hit in sandwiches and wraps. Make a satisfying lunch or casual dinner with more ease and without sacrificing flavor!

17. Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich

This warm, juicy vegan jackfruit sandwich will satisfy your cravings for BBQ pulled pork and comfort food in one go. Try this easy and delicious vegan sandwich packed with nutrients and fiber!

Jackfruit sandwich with fresh cilantro on top on a wooden board.

18. Buffalo Jackfruit Vegan Grilled Cheese 

A perfect mix of cheesy and spicy, you won’t believe this grilled cheese is vegan!

Vegan grilled cheese with jackfruit and greens.

19. Jackfruit Kebab Sandwich

Make your own homemade vegan shawarma in just 30 minutes. Marinated jackfruit, fresh veggies, and vegan yogurt sauce FTW!

Two jackfruit shawarmas on an oval plate.

20. Jackfruit “Chicken” Salad Sandwich

This is your classic chicken salad sandwich made vegan. Including red grapes, celery, and walnuts!

Jackfruit chicken salad sandwich on a white plate with sliced red grapes falling out.

21. Vegan Jackfruit & Mushroom Gyros With Tzatziki

Warm wrap filled with jackfruit, mushrooms, veggies, and homemade vegan tzatziki.

Two gyros resting on top of each other wrapped in white paper.

22. Jackfruit Tuna Salad Sandwich

Make your own copycat tuna salad with this easy recipe using jackfruit.

Wood board with an open face tuna salad sandwich on it.

Vegan Jackfruit Soups

Shredded jackfruit can easily be added to soups too. These vegan recipes are simple and satisfying. You can even use jackfruit to replace meat in other soup recipes too. 

23. Jackfruit Noodle Soup 

This vegan “chicken” noodle soup will make you feel so much better! If you’re sick or feel nostalgic, this soup is for you!

White bowl with two handles filled with jackfruit noodle soup.

24. 1-Pot Vegan Tortilla Soup

Dive into a savory bowl of vegan tortilla soup made with jackfruit, grilled corn, and various vegetables. Top with corn tortilla strips for an added crunch to this delicious vegan tortilla soup recipe.

Two wooden bowls filled with tortilla soup topped with tortilla chips, avocado, and cilantro.

25. Jackfruit Chicken Noodle Soup 

Get ready to fall in love with this Jackfruit “Chicken” Noodle Soup. It is so comforting and delicious!

Large white bowl filled with brothy bow tie vegan chicken noodle soup.

26. Vegan White Bean Chili 

This hearty, smoky chili is packed with protein and flavor for cozy vibes and good eats.

Bowl of warming jackfruit white bean soup topped with vegan sour cream and sliced jalapeños.

27. Vegan Smokey Jackfruit Stew

Meaty, hearty, smokey jackfruit stew that is ready in 40 minutes. (With only 15 minutes of prep!)

Large pot of sunshine yellow jackfruit stew.

28. Vegan Hot & Sour Soup

This hot and sour soup is a vegan take on a classic. Made with jackfruit, tofu, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and more!

Two bowls of hot and sour soup on a wooden tray.

More Vegan Jackfruit Recipes

With these vegan jackfruit recipes, you can feed the family or delight everyone at your next gathering. 

29. Vegan Jackfruit Pernil 

A new take on a Puerto-Rican classic, this cooks over several hours for a flavorful marinated jackfruit with maximum flavor.

Large white plate filled with jackfruit pernil.
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30. Jackfruit Curry

This creamy Jackfruit Curry with sweet potatoes is easy to make and tastes amazing. It’s perfect for a tasty weeknight dinner.

Bowl of rice, bread, and vibrant orange curry.

31. Vegan Jackfruit Tagine

This quick and easy recipe is packed full of flavor, perfect for a London-inspired vegan dish.

Large red dutch oven filled with jackfruit chickpea Tagine.

32. Vegan Pot Roast

If you love beef stew, you will like this jackfruit stew, a vegan twist on a classic stew.

Oval baking dish filled with jackfruit, herbs, and veggies.

33. Pulled Jackfruit Bowls

Use this simple and easy-to-follow recipe to make your own poke-style bowls at home with jackfruit.

Large green bowl filled with rice, jackfruit, and shredded veggies.

34. Jackfruit Buffalo Dip 

This creamy, spicy jackfruit buffalo dip is the perfect vegan appetizer for any event! 

Bright orange-red jackfruit buffalo dip surrounded by cut veggies.

35. Jackfruit Fried Chicken

With this crispy fried chicken recipe, use jackfruit to make your copycat fried chicken that tastes so close to the real thing.

Bowl of jackfruit fried "chicken" on a bed of greens.

36. Jackfruit Mole Pizza

This creative pizza recipe is smothered in mole sauce and paired with mushrooms for a delicious and flavorful vegan pizza.

Large veggie pizza topped with jackfruit, radishes, avocado, and mole sauce.

37. Chili Lime Roasted Veggies Jackfruit Salad 

This roasted veggies jackfruit salad with jalapeño cream sauce is an excellent plant-based option packed with an array of colorful vegetables.

Large bowl of jackfruit roasted veggie salad with a cloth napkin.

38. Deep Fried Jackfruit 

Encased in a tasty batter and fried until crispy, this deep-fried jackfruit rivals any fried chicken.

Deep fried jackfruit in a wooden bowl with a man picking up a piece dipped in sauce.

39. Jackfruit Lettuce Cups 

This quick and easy vegan recipe is done in just 15 minutes and makes the perfect party appetizers, game day snacks, or a simple yet filling weeknight dinner.

Lettuce cups topped in seasoned jackfruit, and chopped veggies.

40. Jackfruit Curry

This delicious Jackfruit Curry is made with warming Indian spices, jackfruit, sweet potatoes, and coconut milk. It’s both vegan and Paleo and nutrient-dense but incredibly creamy!

Large green bowl of jackfruit curry with rice and lemon wedges.

Jackfruit Recipe Storage Tips

If you do get a whole jackfruit, unripe jackfruit can ripen up on your counter. Then you can use the following storage tips to help make it last. For store-bought and cooked jackfruit, these methods for your fridge and freezer still apply.

Fridge

Whether you’ve used it and cooked it in your vegan recipe, or you’ve opened your container and haven’t used it all, you will want to keep it in the fridge. Any jackfruit you haven’t used should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or stowed in an airtight container. It will last between 5 and 7 days. The same goes for your cooked recipes, though I’d aim to finish them off sooner rather than later for the best flavors.

Freezer

You can also freeze jackfruit to prolong its life before you cook with it. Make sure it’s cut into smaller pieces first, as those will be easier to work with. It will last for up to 2 months in here. If your meal with jackfruit is cooked, simply keep it in an airtight container and try to use it within 2 to 3 months max.

FAQ

Is jackfruit good for vegans?

Jackfruit is good for just about everyone. It has a high protein content and loads of nutrients, making it an excellent choice. If you are allergic to birch pollen or latex, you should avoid eating jackfruit. And since it contains a high potassium content, it can be harmful to you if you suffer from kidney disease or acute kidney failure. 

Why do vegans eat jackfruit?

Vegans eat jackfruit because it’s hearty and meaty without actually eating meat. This helps make your recipes feel more substantial and filling. Plus, it tastes great!

What can I use canned jackfruit for?

You can use cans of jackfruit to make just about anything. Try making a BBQ jackfruit sandwich, creamy curry, vegan carnitas, or a vegan French dip sandwich. Check my post for all the amazing vegan recipes you can whip up with canned jackfruit!

How do you make vegan meat from jackfruit?

Simply cook the jackfruit pods into your recipes. If you’re just starting out with jackfruit, I recommend finding it already prepared in cans or packages. This makes it a lot easier and gives you a feel for how to work with this fruit. 

Does raw jackfruit taste like chicken?

Jackfruit is often likened to pulled pork, both in texture and flavor. It’s easy to use in sweet recipes and savory ones too. 

Final Words

You don’t need to be vegan to give jackfruit a try. If you’re looking for a way to lighten up your meals, add more nutrition, or simply try something new, these 40 vegan jackfruit recipes will help you make meatless meals more easily!

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