Tacos have always been a favorite food of mine. In my home growing up, we made tacos on the first Sunday of every month. The fact that they were a tradition made them that much more special. And, it was fun since most everyone would help prepare them together.
I try to keep this tradition going now that I have my own home. My tacos may look a little different since they are now meat-free but they are still super fabulous and satisfying.
Beyond the tradition and yum-factor, tacos (especially these ones) are so easy to make! These come together quickly so they are perfect for any night of the week.
Jackfruit has become quite a popular meat-substitute among plant-based eaters. It does look and shred like the real thing and has a fairly neutral taste so it takes well to all sorts of seasoning and marinades. The important thing here is to buy canned young green jackfruit as this kind has not sweetened up yet. Do not use fresh mature jackfruit here unless you’re into fruity tasting tacos.
One important note on jackfruit. Texture-wise it is a great meat substitute. It is also rich in nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. It is low in calories and protein though, which means it would be wise to add beans to be sure you are full and satisfied after your meal.
- 2 cans of young green jackfruit*
- 1 packet of taco seasoning or your favorite spices for tacos
- extra seasoning such as cumin or adobo (optional)
Toppings, etc. (mix and match to fit what you and your family enjoy)
- chopped tomatoes
- chopped lettuce/greens
- lime wedges
- salsa or taco sauce
- avocado slices
- diced onions
- tortillas of choice (whole wheat, corn, crispy, etc)
- whole or mashed beans
- Drain jackfruit and give it a rinse.
- Place jackfruit into a bowl and “shred” it with a fork or your clean hands (I find it’s easiest to use my hands)
- Heat pan over medium heat, add a couple tablespoons of water to prevent sticking.
- Add jackfruit to the pan and let cook for a 3-6 minutes to dry it out a little bit. Stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Add a little more water (just enough to prevent sticking) if needed.
- Mix in taco seasonings and stir to coat. Cook for about 5 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
- Serve with toppings of choice and some beans to round out the meal.*Note: Trader Joe’s sells canned young jackfruit. Native Forest also offers an organic version that I’ve found in health food stores and online. Avoid any canned versions that are in syrup to avoid sweet tacos!
Did you grow up with any food traditions?
Or, do you have a favorite food you’d like to veganize?
Let me know! I like a challenge.