Jackfruit Tinga Tacos

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Jackfruit Tinga Tacos

Before we dive into these Jackfruit Tinga Tacos, I would like to tell you something.

It’s taken me YEARS to finally get up the courage to try jackfruit. I have no idea why because it’s the least offensive out of all the vegan meat substitutes. I’ll even go far as to say that it actually tastes good!

Jackfruit Tinga Tacos

Here’s Some Jackfruit Info:

Jackfruit comes from jack trees—they’re related to the fig and mulberry trees—which are commonly found in southeast Asia. And while it’s related to figs and mulberries, jack fruit’s texture is similar to artichoke hearts. The best part about jackfruit is that it’s easily attainable (I bought it in the can) and shreds kinda similarly to meat (think carnitas or chicken!). It’s wild. It sort of blew my mind.

It’s also wildly affordable. One can was about two dollars and fed four people with leftovers!

Jackfruit Tinga Tacos

How to Make Jackfruit Tacos!

This recipe for Jackfruit Tinga Tacos are super easy. You start with the tinga sauce:

– spices
– tomatoes
– chipotle in adobo

After everything is toasted and cooked, it goes in the blender so it’s silky smooth.

And then the jackfruit is drained from the can, rinsed and shredded. If you have no idea how to shred jackfruit, do not worry! I’ll be posting a tutorial on my IG stories (and I’ll save it in the highlights). It couldn’t be simpler but I needed to see a visual before I knew how to do it!

Jackfruit Tinga Tacos

 

These Jackfruit Tinga Tacos Make the Best Leftovers!

This jackfruit tinga lasts a good while in the fridge, is 100% vegan and heats up like a pro.

Add it to the center of a corn or flour tortilla and top it with whatever you like. I like lots of toppings because I enjoy life! So that means diced white onion, cilantro, lots of lime juice and cotija cheese (of course this isn’t vegan, but you know…).

Jackfruit Tinga Tacos

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4 from 1 vote
Jackfruit--from the jack tree--shreds up almost like carnitas or chicken! But this is vegan. It's slowly cooked in a tinga sauce to make the best vegan Jackfruit Tinga Tacos
CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican, Mexican, Vegan
Keywordjackfruit tacos, jackfruit tinga, tinga tacos, vegan dinner, vegan mexican, vegan tacos, weeknight vegan dinner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serving Size: 8
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

Tinga:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt + 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 whole chipotles in adobo
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes or regular tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) cans jackfruit, drained

For Serving:

  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 lime, plus more for extra
  • 1/2 diced avocado
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Flour or corn tortillas , warmed
  • 1 ounce cotija cheese , (optional)

Directions

To Make the Tinga:

  • To a medium pot, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When warm, add the onion and garlic cloves, along with the salt. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. 
  • Transfer to the onion mixture to the blender, along with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, Mexican oregano, ground cumin, chipotles in adobo and can of fire-roasted tomatoes. Blend for about 30 seconds, until smooth. Pour the mixture into the pot. 
  • Meanwhile, chop up and shred the jackfruit. When you’re done, rinse it with cold water and then give it a bit of a shake to get rid of any excess water that’s on them. Transfer the jackfruit to the pot with the tinga sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Immediately return the heat to low and cover the pot; cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until all of the flavors have been married. Give it a taste and adjust the salt according to taste (I actually didn’t need any additional salt but everyone is different!). 

To Serve:

  • To a medium bowl, mix together the onion, cilantro, lime juice, avocado and a few pinches of salt. 
  • Add a spoonful of tinga to the center of a warm tortilla. Top with the onion mixture, a handful of cotija cheese (if using). Repeat until you build however many tacos you want! 

Notes

Any leftover tinga can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or you can freeze it up to 3 months. 

Looking for more vegan recipes:

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15 Comments

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    Reply Fiona Manoon April 29, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Healthy and tasty thing to eat.
    Glad to know about this dish.
    I must appreciate your creativity.
    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.
    Keep Blogging

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    Reply Emily April 30, 2019 at 11:06 am

    This looks good. I’m vegan but scared of jackfruit. I want to try these!

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    Reply Dana April 30, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Hmmmmm…… I love ripe jackfruit. Tastes like a banana-pineapple combo…. unripe jackfruit, which is what is sold for vegan substitute is taking me longer to warm to…

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    Reply Alyssa April 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    5 stars
    Never tried jackfruit but always very curious! This might be the recipe that gets me to finally try it ;). Thanks for sharing!

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    Reply Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes April 30, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    These look so good! I love any form of tacos, and this is a delicious and unique recipe 🙂

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    Reply K May 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Can’t wait to make these! Is “1 whole chipotles in adobo” supposed to be without the “s” or did you mean something else? I’m doubting you meant a whole can but wanted to find out for sure before trying the recipe…

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    Reply JANET May 13, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    5 stars
    My first time using jackfruit. This was delicious. I was looking for something different that was gluten free and vegetarian for family members. Everyone loved these tacos. It’s a keeper!

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    Reply Janet Miura May 16, 2019 at 8:46 am

    5 stars
    My first time trying Jackfruit. The entire family loved these tacos. The flavor of the sauce is absolutely delicious.
    We all came up with different ways to use the Tinga sauce using other proteins. I’d definitely make it again using the jackfruit. This is a great recipe for our vegetarian, vegan and g.f. friends.

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    Reply jackie May 17, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    “I’m not going to lie, . . .” By starting so many of your sentences this way, you’re implying that you lie a lot so you need to clarify when you don’t. I’m guessing that is not your intention.

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    Reply Breanne May 22, 2019 at 11:31 am

    4 stars
    Made these last night for taco Tuesday – first time using jackfruit! It was pretty good. It took on the flavor of the tinga sauce, which was delicious. I think next time I’d use 2 cans of jackfruit, because it seemed like there was too much sauce. These were messy! 🙂 And maybe some raw purple cabbage for crunch. But excellent recipe and I will make them again.

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