Jackfruit and Spinach Tacos

Jackfruit has a meat-like texture, so even meat-lovers might enjoy these vegetarian tacos. Serve them for a meat-free meal with sides like refried beans and Mexican rice.

Jackfruit and Spinach Tacos
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Total Time:
25 mins
8 tacos


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cup coarsely chopped jackfruit* or one 14-oz. can young jackfruit in water or brine, drained and coarsely chopped

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 5 ounce container baby spinach

  • 1 canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, drained, and finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 8 6 inch corn tortillas, warmed

  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

  • Purchased Pico de gallo


  1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high. Add the jackfruit and onion; cook 4 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Remove skillet from heat. Add spinach, chipotle pepper, and cumin. Toss with tongs just until spinach is wilted and ingredients are combined.

  2. Fill the tortillas with the vegetable mixture and top with cheese (if using), and pico de gallo.


To remove fruit from a fresh jackfruit, coat a large knife blade with oil and line a cutting board with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Using gloved hands, cut jackfruit crosswise into 2-inch slices; cut slices in half. Run a paring knife along core to separate it from the fruit pods. Pull out pods and remove the white fibers and tips. Cut pods in half lengthwise; remove the seeds and their rubbery skins. Coarsely chop 2 cups of the jackfruit pieces. Reserve remaining jackfruit for another use.Nutrition analysis for fresh jackfruit: 229 calories, 4 g protein, 37 g carbohydrate, 8 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 18 g total sugar, 52% Vitamin A, 33% Vitamin C, 150 mg sodium, 7% calcium, 11% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
8g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 40mg 1%
Folate, total 70.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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