Vegan Mexican Jackfruit Bowls
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These Vegan Mexican Jackfruit Bowls are incredibly delicious, easy to make, and come together in less than 45 minutes! Make this show-stopper bowl for your next party.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Nut Free
Serves: 2 large bowls
  • 1 20-ounce cans jackfruit* in water or brine
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce (ensure certified gf for gluten free eaters)
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
For serving
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup cooked black beans (if canned, drained and rinsed)
  • 4 large lettuce cups
  • 1 Tbsp. cilantro (optional)
  1. Rinse, drain, and dry jackfruit from can. Cut off and toss the hard “cores” or centers of each piece. Set remaining portions in a small bowl. Gently tear the jackfruit in the bowl apart in order to “shred” them into desired sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and fragrant.
  3. Dump in the jackfruit, salt, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, coconut sugar, soy sauce, and lime juice.
  4. Turn heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste mixture and adjust spices if desired.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Prepare cabbage bowls by placing layering two large cabbage cups on plates. Layer in the rice, and beans. Divide the jackfruit mixture between the two cups and sprinkle with cilantro if desired.
  7. Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep refrigerated in airtight container for up to 3 days.
*What is jackfruit?— you may ask. Simply put, jackfruit is a tropical fruit, high in fiber, with a “meaty” texture when ripped apart. You can read more about it (and see a picture of how huge the fruit is!) on this article. Lucky for you, jackfruit can be purchased at most grocery stores in a can, so no worries about cutting up huge pieces of fruit all afternoon.

Nutrition Information is a rough estimate of 1 of 2 bowls
Recipe by The Local Sprout at