If you haven’t heard of jackfruit yet, you’re not alone. It’s a lesser known meat substitute that’s gaining lots of traction as home cooks discover its variety of uses in the kitchen. Jackfruit is a tropical fruit native to India, particularly in the southern regions. Part of the moraceae plant family, jackfruit is related to figs, mulberries, and breadfruits. Its spiky outer skin can seem intimidating, but its flesh is nothing but tender. In fact, one of the reasons it’s so popular as a vegan ingredient is because of how similar its texture is to shredded meat. Slathered with BBQ sauce and pressed between a hamburger bun, your taste buds are bound to be surprised. On its own, jackfruit’s flavor is mildly sweet and ready to pair with any of your favorite spices and sauces. It’s perfect for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, salads, sandwiches, hash, omelettes, and more. The sky really is the limit when it comes to finding ways to incorporate jackfruit into your meals.
Top Jackfruit Brands
Meet Upton’s Naturals, the go-to jackfruit brand for our members. With bold flavor combos and ready-to-eat packages, jackfruit is sure to become a quick favorite in your house, if it’s not already.
Since 2006, Upton’s Naturals has focused on offering the best meat alternatives to vegans and non-vegans alike. The ready-to-eat jackfruit comes seasoned in a range of flavors that’ll even make carnivores do a double-take. From tacos to salads, jackfruit is the plant-based protein you need in your life.
From plain to spicy, there’s a jackfruit flavor to suit every craving.
Upton’s Naturals Original Jackfruit
This 10-ounce package of jackfruit is the most versatile because it’s completely unseasoned. That means you can add any flavor combos you like. From sandwiches to salads, jackfruit will be right at home on your plate.
Upton’s Naturals BBQ Jackfruit
Jackfruit makes a solid stand-in for pulled pork, especially when paired with flavors like garlic, paprika, and molasses. Non-GMO and gluten-free, serve it alongside a Southern feast with biscuits, corn, and mashed potatoes.
Upton’s Naturals Sriracha Jackfruit
Sriracha gives this jackfruit a real kick, and the chewy texture is ultra satisfying. Just like the others, this package is cooked and ready to eat. Warm it through on the stove for a few minutes before serving.
Upton’s Naturals Chili Lime Jackfruit Carnitas
Dial up the flavor of your next taco, burrito bowl, or salad with jackfruit that’s reminiscent of carnitas in both texture and flavor. The chili-lime flavor combo makes a zesty addition to your favorite South of the Border meals.
Top Jackfruit Recipes
Not sure what to cook with jackfruit? Our blog has a few ideas.
Jackfruit Jambalaya Recipe
Jambalaya is Southern comfort food, but we put a vegan twist on this classic recipe thanks to Jenné Claiborne from the popular blog, Sweet Potato Soul. Chickpeas and jackfruit add real heartiness to this dish, while the holy trinity of onions, celery, and green bell peppers makes the flavors familiar.
Jackfruit Hawaiian Bowl Recipe
Your tastebuds will travel to Hawaii when you cook this recipe. A jackfruit hash is nestled atop a mound of fluffy basmati rice, and a scoop of sweet tropical salsa made with pineapple and mango finishes it off. If you’re looking for something a little less spicy, just omit the jalapeño.
Vegan Meal Plan
A vegan meal plan is easy to put together, especially when you have lots of delicious recipes to choose from. This post rounds up 35 easy vegan dishes you can enjoy from breakfast to dinner, including favorites like Vegan French Toast, Crispy Tofu With Spicy Ginger Dipping Sauce, Pumpkin Reishi Soup, and more.