These healthy vegan Jackfruit Tacos are the best! Made with crispy jackfruit “carnitas”, refried beans, pickled red onions, Mexican slaw and Avocado Sauce! Video. 

parchment-lined sheet pan with six jackfruit tacos topped with cabbage slaw, salsa, and pickled onions.

Baked on a sheet pan, these healthy Jackfruit Tacos couldn’t be any easier! Full of flavor, loaded up with healthy veggies, and perfect for busy nights, they have great reviews because they are so tasty! Plus they are vegan and gluten-free!

Once you have the jackfruit prepped (yes, you can absolutely do this ahead), fire up the oven to 400F and begin assembling! Sheet-pan tacos are fast and easy.

Why You’ll Love This

  1. Vegan & healthy. Healthy tacos, loaded with veggies and plant-based protein! Gluten-free.
  2. Quick & easy. Only 20 minutes of prep time that can be done in advance!
  3. Best flavor & texture! Crispy, seasoned jackfruit and creamy refried beans are loaded with colorful toppings.

Jackfruit Taco Ingredients

How to make jackfruit tacos

Make sure the Crispy Jackfruit Carnitas are already prepped! You’ll need a can of jackfruit. They come together easily and can be made in advance!

wood spoon stirring crispy jackfruit carnitas in cast iron skillet with green onions and cilantro.

Preheat the oven to 400F.

six tortillas on baking sheet with refried beans spread over top and three tacos with shredded cheese.

Step 1: Assemble the tacos. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out tortillas. Spoon refried beans over top and sprinkle with cheese (or vegan cheese, optional). Divide jackfruit carnitas among the tortillas.

six tortillas on baking sheet topped with refried beans and jackfruit carnitas.

Step 2: Bake. Place the pan in the oven and bake until heated through and the edges of the tortillas are crispy, 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: Garnish. Top with cabbage slaw (or shredded lettuce), avocado, pickled onions, salsa, and hot sauce, or desired toppings. Serve with vegan-adaptable Chipotle Mayo or optional sour cream.

wood serving board with three jackfruit tacos topped with cabbage slaw, salsa, avocado, pickled onions, and cilantro, served with lime wedges.

Jackfruit Taco Topping Ideas

There you have it! The perfect taco. Depth, creaminess, acid, and a little spice all piled up on crispy goodness.

Jackfruit Taco Variations

  1. Jackfruit carnitas: Make a large batch and use in enchiladas, breakfast burritos, quesadillas, nachos, or burrito bowls.
  2. Make it a bowl: Make rice and black beans the base, then top with jackfruit and desired toppings!
  3. Sub the jackfruit: If you’re in a pinch, you can always swap the jackfruit for something store-bought like vegan chorizo, tofu sofritas, or for something else you already have made, like fajita veggies (peppers, onions) or roasted cauliflower.

FAQ

What does Mexican jackfruit taste like?

Young green jackfruit is naturally a bit tangy, but is seasoned with chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, Mexican oregano, and other Mexican spices that give it so much robust flavor! Its texture can resemble pulled pork, which is why it makes such a great plant-based taco “meat,” like bbq jackfruit.

What are the jackfruit carnitas made out of?

Canned jackfruit (in brine or water, not syrup) is cooked with red onion, garlic, jalapeño, and a little soy sauce or tamari for umami depth. And it is seasoned in spices and salt to enrich its flavor.

Is jackfruit healthy?

Yes! Not only is it a whole plant food, but it is cholesterol-free and rich in fiber, minerals, and vitamins, like vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and folic acid.

corn tortilla topped with refried beans, jackfruit carnitas, cabbage slaw, salsa, pickled onions and cilantro.

Please let me know how you like these Jackfruit Tacos in the comments below!! I’m excited to hear what you think.

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Have a happy weekend!

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Jackfruit tacos with slaw

Jackfruit Tacos Recipe

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: vegan, vegan dinner
  • Method: sheet pan
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Crispy Jackfruit Tacos made on a sheet pan with pickled red onions, cilantro cabbage slaw. A fast, easy, VEGAN weeknight dinner!


Ingredients

Scale
  1. 1 recipe for Crispy Jackfruit Carnitas (25 minutes) or use store-bought, Mexican-seasoned jackfruit
  2. 8 x six-inch taco shells ( corn or flour)
  3. 1 can vegan refried beans ( pinto or black beans)
  4. Shredded cabbage or lettuce ( or Make the Mexican Slaw -10 mins)
  5. 1 avocado (or sub chipotle mayo – it is vegan adaptable!) or sour cream
  6. Your favorite Taco Sauce: Chipotle mayo (vegan-adaptable) Vegan Cilantro Crema, Poblano Pumpkin Seed Sauce, Hot sauce, or Salsa,
  7. optional- pickled onions (amazing here!)
  8. cilantro

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F

On a parchment-lined sheet pan, lay out the tortillas.  Spread with a few tablespoons of refried beans. Top some with cheese if you like or keep this vegan.

Divide the jackfruit carnitas among the tortillas and place them in the oven. Bake until heated through and the edges of the tortillas are crispy about 12-15 minutes.

Top with cabbage slaw ( or shredded lettuce) and avocado, pickled onions and salsa or hot sauce. Serve with optional sour cream or vegan-adaptable chipotle Mayo.

Fold up into tacos and eat immediately!


Notes

This recipe is very easy once the components are prepped. I recommend making them ahead!

Once the crispy jackfruit carnitas is made (this takes 25 mins)  the tacos can be assembled, baked and on the table in 25 minutes!

While they are baking you can whip up the Mexican slaw, or chipotle mayo or Poblano Pumpkin Seed Sauce.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 taco with beans, pickled onions, avocado, tortilla
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 134.8 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.6 g
  • Fiber: 4.6 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Comments

  1. This recipe is soooo good!! I prepped the jackfruit carnitas beforehand, then just had to assemble after the Barbie movie. I accidentally let the tacos go too long in the oven, so they were more like tostadas – not complaining, they were really good! I served it with avocado, tomatoes from the garden, cilantro, and Valentina sauce. So good! Thank you for another great one!!






    1. Im so glad you liked them! And glad you were able to salvage…tostadas sound good to me!

  2. I must admit I was skeptical about trying jackfruit but this recipe made me change my mind. It was absolutely delicious and my husband loved it too! I will be making this again for sure! Thanks for introducing me to a vegetarian option I haven’t tried before.






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