Jackfruit with guacamole on tortilla

Vegan pulled jackfruit

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 55 mins


Serves 4 - 6

Use jackfruit to make this clever vegan 'pulled' meat substitute, perfect for stuffing into bread rolls and enjoying with all the barbecue trimmings

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal135
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre2g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chipotle Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 200g can chopped tomato
  • 2 x 400g cans young jackfruit in salted water
    Jackfruit pieces on a plate with whole fruit in background



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  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until very soft, for around 10-12 mins. Add the cinnamon, cumin and paprika to the onions and cook for a further 2-3 mins. Next add the Tabasco, vinegar and bbq sauce and mix well before adding in the tomato, the drained jackfruit and 200ml water. Leave to simmer gently, covered, for 30 mins stirring every 5-10 mins to help break down the jackfruit, then take the lid off and cook a further 10 minutes.

  2. Once cooked, use a fork to make sure all of the jackfruit is well shredded.  Check seasoning and add another tbsp of bbq sauce if necessary for extra stickiness.

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Kate Downer's picture
Kate Downer
21st Oct, 2018
Best pulled jackfruit recipe I've tried (third or fourth I've had a go at recently) - not too heavy on the tomatoes or spice, but has a nice kick. Really easy and uses mainly storecupboard ingredients. Definitely pick a barbecue sauce you like, as this is one of the dominant flavours - we used Meat Lust barbecue mop sauce (available at Sainsbury's). I order 6-packs of tinned jackfruit from Amazon.
6th Oct, 2018
Made this for a dinner party and served with ‘vegan mac and cheese’ and the ‘sweet potato tex mex salad’ (both also on the site). Enjoyed by our vegan guest and meat eaters alike, however it didn’t really resemble ‘BBQ pulled’ flavours - very very sweet and more like a tagine flavour. I strongly recommend leaving out the cinnamon altogether, far too over powering. I added lots of salt, pepper, some cider vinegar, garlic and onion powder to try and counteract the sweetness. Probably wouldn’t make again, but enjoyed trying it.
10th May, 2018
I have never seen jackfruit sold anywhere(?)
12th Jul, 2018
Hi, you can buy cans of jackfruit in Waitrose
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Matt Gamblin
11th Jul, 2018
Try your local Chinese supermarket?
30th Apr, 2018
Very easy, full of flavour. Served with a simple mac 'n' cheese and salad. Will definitely make again!
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