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bbq jackfruit tacos topped with red onion, cabbage, cilantro, jalapeño, hemp hearts and nutritional yeast
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In light of my journey to make macro balanced vegan food, I stumbled across these awesome tortillas by La Tortilla Factory and had no choice but to make BBQ jackfruit tacos. ???? I can’t speak highly enough of these tortillas. They taste super fresh, have only 4 net carbs and a couple grams of protein to boot.

In addition to BBQ jackfruit tacos, I’ve been buying La Tortilla Factory’s medium-sized low carb tortillas and making breakfast burritos out of high protein tofu, Field Roast Sausage, fajita veggies, and jalapeño. They’re delicious and I am sure I’ll be sharing that recipe with you all soon!

Summer is upon us and that means all things BBQ! Out here in Tempe where I live, it’s way too hot to grill. With temperatures climbing upwards of 115 degrees, I think I’ll just cook inside so the heat doesn’t cook my actual insides ????. Thankfully BBQ jackfruit is made with a simple stovetop skillet. 

To the seasoned vegan, jackfruit is not the newest mock meat on the block. With its stringy-like pulled pork texture, it satisfies a certain feeling in your mouth that you just can’t get from other vegan meat products. To all new vegans, don’t be afraid of jackfruit! Once you get the hang of cooking it, it’s so easy to manipulate into whatever you want it to be.

If you’re buying jackfruit for the first time, you need to make sure you’re buying the right kind. For this specific recipe and any other savory jackfruit meal, you’ll want to buy cans of young jackfruit in either water or brine. I generally end up with jackfruit in brine because I run into it more often than the one with water, but they’re both great and you can’t go wrong with either. 

What Does BBQ Jackfruit Taste Like?

Since jackfruit is mild in flavor, you’ll find that BBQ jackfruit tastes like whatever BBQ sauce you end up using to make it. With that I’ll leave you with some advice. Some BBQ sauces can be very sweet, so what might be your favorite sauce for dipping a fry might not be the best sauce to make BBQ jackfruit with.

stacked jackfruit tacos with lime wedges and nutritional yeast and hemp hearts

I have a handful of sauces I rotate between but I’d pick a smokey spicy flavor like Stubb’s or this one from Sweet Baby Ray’s. I also really enjoy Carolina BBQ sauce but my boyfriend doesn’t like it as much as the other two so I use it sparingly. I definitely recommend it for a recipe like this though. 

What Goes With BBQ Jackfruit?

Oh man so many things can go with BBQ jackfruit. Not only is it awesome in tacos ????, they make great sliders ????, toppers for salads ????, or an accompaniment to mac and cheese ????. 

The possibilities here are endless. What about BBQ jackfruit quesadillas? And of course you can’t forget about BBQ jackfruit pizza. The real question here is would you add pineapple ???? to a BBQ jackfruit pizza? I’m gonna go with yes – so long as the BBQ sauce is smoky and spicy rather than sweet. Ohhh or maybe peaches ???? instead of pineapple. Wouldn’t that be delicious? 

I mean is there anything that doesn’t go well with BBQ sauce? Maybe use that as a gauge for determining whether or not BBQ jackfruit would be a good fit. All this talk is making me hungry. Maybe I should make some BBQ jackfruit fries ????.

This is a Macro Balanced Recipe

Would you believe it if I told you my recipe for BBQ jackfruit tacos has 26% protein, 27% fat and 47% carbs? Well, believe it! This recipe is balanced in macros – meaning it puts you on track to hit 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carb macro goals.

6 jackfruit tacos stacked at an angle with lime wedges

I’ve read so many articles over the years about the proper macros to hit. While whole food plant based diets argue you only need 5% – 15% protein, I know that I feel best when I’m hitting 20% – 25% consistently. After doing research, I discovered no one is writing about balanced macros in the vegan world, and so here we are!

First there’s the carbs. These are made up of the low carb tortillas, young jackfruit, and BBQ sauce. You’ll have to watch the sugar content in your BBQ sauce for this recipe. Plus a little goes a long way with getting flavor into the jackfruit.

Next up – protein! Surprisingly, the bulk of the protein for BBQ jackfruit tacos also comes from the low carb tortillas and jackfruit. Hemp hearts and nutritional yeast make up the rest.

For the fat, again the tortillas play a big role here as well as hemp hearts. If you’re not looking to have this side completely balanced, you can add a slice of avocado to each of your tacos too. 

Please don’t take my word for how many macros you’re supposed to get on a daily basis. If you have specific questions about your own dietary needs in regards to macros, you should consult a nutritionist. I just hope to be a resource to those who are looking for vegan balanced macros meals ⚖️. If you’re looking for other macro balanced recipes of mine, be sure to check out my recipe for sweet pea spread.

How to Make BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

ingredient spread of low carb tortillas, red onion, lime wedges, hemp hearts and nutritional yeast, red cabbage, bbq sauce, jackfruit and cilantro.

The most time consuming part of making BBQ jackfruit tacos is the BBQ jackfruit part. Patience is key with cooking jackfruit. Even with a cast iron skillet, it will take roughly 20 – 25 minutes for jackfruit to break apart into shreds. I always encourage it with a fork. 

Aside from patience, cooking the jackfruit is super simple. First, you’ll drain the cans and add the jackfruit pieces to a skillet with water. Then simmer the water and wait for the pieces to break apart. When the jackfruit appears shredded, add the bbq sauce of your choice and incorporate.

bbq jackfruit in a skillet

Then, using a clean saucepan or skillet heat each tortilla, add some bbq jackfruit, then top with red onion, purple cabbage, cilantro, nutritional yeast and hemp hearts. Serve immediately with lime wedges and jalapeño slices! Easy enough right? Tacos are just the best. ????

Recipe Jam

In this segment, I suggest a song for you to listen to while you make BBQ Jackfruit Tacos! You can even stream it right here in your browser. Today’s Recipe Jam is Some Kind of Game by Against All Logic. 

If you try this recipe, I want to hear about it! Feel free to post your creations to Instagram or Facebook and tag Hell Yes It’s Vegan or #hellyesitsvegan. I look forward to seeing your creations!

vertical stack of tacos with lime wedges, hemp hearts, and nutritional yeast
vertical stack of tacos with lime wedges, hemp hearts, and nutritional yeast
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The Best BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

The best bbq jackfruit tacos – colorful, tasty, and simple! Only seven ingredients, macro balanced, and 30 minutes from stovetop to face.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, bbq jackfruit, bbq jackfruit tacos, jackfruit chicken noodle soup, jackfruit tacos, tacos
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Claire

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large skillet add drained jackfruit and water. Bring to boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes, forking the jackfruit every 5 minutes to break apart. Add more water if needed.
  • While the jackfruit is simmering, shred the cabbage, slice the onion, limes and cilantro. Slice some jalapeños (optional) and set aside.
  • Mix hemp hearts and nutritional yeast and set aside
  • After the jackfruit is broken apart and the water is evaporated (it's ok if there is a little left!), add the bbq sauce and stir until incorporated.
  • Using a clean sauce pan or skillet, heat each of the tortillas for a few seconds on each side.
  • Assemble the tacos! Start with a tortilla, layer with portion of bbq jackfruit, top with red onion, cabbage, cilantro, jalapeños if you wish, and sprinkle with nutritional yeast and hemp heart blend. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Notes

Nutrition Information is an estimate. 
Just a heads up – this page contains some affiliate links which means I make a little bit of money if you click on select links and make a purchase. I only recommend products that I use on the reg!
Nutrition Facts
The Best BBQ Jackfruit Tacos
Amount Per Serving (179 g)
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.15g1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.15g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 806mg35%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 133IU3%
Vitamin C 1.75mg2%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.25mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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