One of the my favorite things to make is tacos because they are so customizable. Whenever my family wanted tacos, it was easy to accommodate everyone because we could each pick and chose what we wanted to put on our tortillas. Not to mention, Latin American foods are super simple to make and use beautiful, fresh ingredients with lots of flavor and spices. I developed this recipe to give all of you plant-based eaters inspiration for a great meat substitute base that works well in tacos and other dishes. The jackfruit can easily be passed over to other recipes like salads and burritos if your looking for a zesty and spicy faux-meat.
For those of you who don’t know yet, jackfruit is a really great way to replace meat in any meals. It doesn’t have a very strong taste, and looks just like pulled chicken making it a great meat substitute option. Some stores sell jackfruit already seasoned and cooked so all you have to do is reheat it, but wheres the fun in that. You can season and garnish the jackfruit however you want to accompany the kind of recipe you are making. You can probably find canned jackfruit in any of your local natural grocery stores. I usually stock up because in know its a staple in my own personal plant-based diet.
I also used a chile flakes to season my jackfruit along with paprika and garlic powder. You may want to go out and buy yourself a chile mix if you want to have the same flavor as my jackfruit or you can also substitute the chile flakes for chile powder. I find it to be a really great staple spice and highly recommend that all new cooks add this to their spice pantry. I sprinkle chile flakes on everything!
I used a food processor to chop up my vegetables to make it smoother and easier to prepare. I suggest chopping your veggies up into bigger chunks before putting them in the food processor. Although, if you do not have a food processor, well, you will need to chop everything up by hand. Make sure to chop the ingredients up very finely so that your salsa and guacamole are smooth and consistent.
As you may see, I used jalapeños in both the salsa and guacamole as I really do believe that a little spice brings out a whole lot of flavor. I used half of a quite large jalapeño for each mixture, and it turned out to be just the right amount of spice for me. You may want to omit the pepper if you really can not handle spicy flavors, or you may want to even add more if you really appreciate that in your meals.
Make these tacos your own… enjoy!
- 1 nectarine or peach
- 1 tomato
- 4 garlic cloves
- ½ red onion
- 1 jalepeño
- salt to taste
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 avocado
- ½ lime
- ½ tbs coconut oil
- 1 can jackfruit
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp chile mix
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ½ can corn
- ½ can black beans
- 1 cup of chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 bag of corn tortillas
- In a food Processor, add the nectarine, tomato, jalepeño, garlic, onion, and cilantro and mix into desired salsa texture
- Empty and rinse the processor and set aside your salsa
- In the food processor, add onion, garlic, cilantro, and jalepeño and chop up finely
- To make the guacamole, mash one avocado in a bowl and mix in the previously made mixture with ½ tbs of lime juice, salt to taste
- In a medium sized pan, melt ½tbs of coconut oil
- Cook jack fruit for 5 minutes, or until they begin to become tender
- Begin to reheat the beans and corn in a medium sized sauce pan
- Add garlic powder, chiles, and paprika and begin to pull apart the filaments of the jackfruit with a fork, then cook for 10 more minutes stirring often
- Once the jackfruit is finished, chop your lettuce up into very skinny slices
- Reheat your tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds and then layer your ingredients on to build your own tacos (reference my images for inspiration!)