Even meat-eaters will love this, it's that good. Trust me I know why you might be skeptical, especially if you've never tried jackfruit before. To be honest, it took me a while to warm up to the idea that sweet jackfruit, a massive, spiky, green fruit from India, could even be used in savory dishes, let alone considered a replacement for animal protein.
But this recipe completely changed my mind! I adapted this from BOSH TV years ago and just decided to post it here! They have amazing vegan recipes and have always inspired me to try new things in the kitchen. Definitely go check them out if you haven't!
Jackfruit "Pulled Pork" Tostadas
2 cans of Jackfruit
1 large red pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tsp salt + a pinch of black pepper
1 tablespoon corn starch + 1 tablespoon water
1 cup of vegetable broth
2 tablespoons General Tso Stir Fry Sauce
Tostadas of choice
Refried black or pinto beans
Make sure to rinse and drain the cans of jackfruit. Shred them apart like pulled chicken and place them in a bowl.
Add the coconut oil to a pan and use medium heat to saute the jackfruit. 6-8 minutes.
As that's cooking, dice the red pepper and get it ready on the side, along with your seasonings.
Add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Make sure to stir the jackfruit intermittently to mix in all of those spices.
As the mixture becomes more fragrant, add the diced pepper and saute for about 5 minutes more.
Next, add the corn starch mixture along with the vegetable stock, maple syrup, and General Tso's sauce. Stir.
It will take about 5 minutes to cook down and thicken in the pan.
Preheat your oven to 200ºF
Add the jackfruit to a lined baking sheet (I used a silicone mat) and bake for 15 minutes until it looks nice and golden and crisp on the edges.
While that's baking, prepare your ingredients to make the tostadas.
Dice the tomatoes and chop the cabbage. Set aside.
Once the Jackfruit is done baking, take each tostada and add a layer of refried beans, then shredded cheese, and finally the jackfruit. Finish off with a squeeze of lime and all the additional toppings you desire!
This recipe is customizable, fun to make, and really great for a big family dinner night! If you wanted to make it a full-on fajita night, this recipe tastes amazing with sauteed peppers and onions and some rice on the side.
I would love to see your recreations! Tag me on Instagram @nicolebolar.blog if you give this one a try!
Stay safe and healthy!