There are so many ways to use canned jackfruit outside of dousing it in barbecue sauce. Here’s a round-up of vegan jackfruit recipes for sandwiches, bowls, tacos, taquitos, and dips!
The first time I heard about jackfruit, I was living in Los Angeles. Word spread fast about this fruit that had a piece-y quality reminiscent of pulled pork.
There was one restaurant in town that put it in their burritos. I drove over there special to try it out.
Then jackfruit exploded.
Now you can find cans of it on the shelves of natural grocery stores & Trader Joe’s all over the country, in addition to Asian markets.
It’s not unusual in the summer months to see TJ’s displays with burger buns, jars of barbecue sauce, and cans of jackfruit on end caps.
But as popular as the barbecue method is for jackfruit, there are so many more options out there.
Today I’m rounding up 7 vegan jackfruit recipes to use the cans in your pantry.
French dip sandwich
This vegan French dip sandwich doesn’t hold back on flavor. You’ve got wine infused jackfruit, sautéed onions, and horseradish mayo on toasted ciabatta. Then dunk it into a full-bodied au jus before every bite. Incredible!
This toasted reuben jackfruit sandwich is filled with corned jackfruit, crunchy sauerkraut, and a tangy Thousand Island dressing. It has all of that tangy flavor you want in a reuben, but in a totally plant-based form.
Reuben nourish bowl
For a gluten free option, make a jackfruit reuben nourish bowl. It’s also a terrific way of repurposing leftovers from a reuben sandwich. The base of this bowl is breakfast potatoes, baby spinach, and cabbage.
This hearty, heavy-duty vegan Philly cheesesteak is packed with savory jackfruit and cashew cheese. It’s finished with sautéed onions & bell peppers. This filling sandwich requires two hands!
Jackfruit carnitas tacos
Red wine adds so much flavor to these jackfruit carnitas tacos. Flavorings also include cumin, ancho chili powder, and coriander. Then finish them off with lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole.
If you have leftovers from the carnitas tacos, roll them into crispy vegan taquitos! They can be made in either the air fryer or the oven. They’re great for dipping into guacamole, salsa, or cashew queso.
Jacked up vegan crab dip
Get dipping with this vegan crab dip. It’s seasoned with Old Bay seasoning, Dijon mustard, paprika, and lemon juice. Add crackers for dipping!