These vegan Jackfruit Al Pastor Tacos are every bit as flavorful as the traditional pork version, and they can be on the table in less than thirty minutes!
Having spent a good chunk of my college career waiting tables and slinging drinks at a Mexican restaurant, it’s an understatement to say that I have an affinity for Mexican food. No, I straight up have an obsession.
I always thought that one day, I would get tired of my daily shift meal and Mexican food would be forever ruined. After all, you can only eat the same things for so long before they stop being good, right? …. Wrong. Maybe it’s just me, but I could literally eat Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still want more. Tacos. Huevos. Alambres. Tacos. Pozole. Enchiladas. Did I mention tacos?
While I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like, I definitely don’t take issue with playing favorites, because in my book nothing can beat a tangy, spicy, pineapple-y Al Pastor taco.
This year I’ve been making a sincere effort to eat less meat, and, if I do say so myself, I’ve been doing quite well! If we’re being completely honest, I’m not even a huge fan of cooking meat, so finding swaps for animal protein has been a welcome challenge. Less clean-up, less risk of getting food poisoning (I’m paranoid about cross-contamination when I cook – I have to sanitize EVERYTHING… twice).
Tacos are definitely my downfall when it comes to plant-based eating. I’m sorry, but a tortilla full of veggies might be GOOD, but it’s just not the same as my beloved al pastor tacos. So you can imagine my excitement when I started seeing jackfruit pop up, hailed by all corners of the internet as the perfect vegan pork substitute. I obviously had to try it.
These vegan Jackfruit Al Pastor Tacos do not disappoint. I was seriously shocked at how much the jackfruit resembled shredded meat. On its own, it has a slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste, but simmered in a spicy, smoky sauce, it absorbs alllll of that flavor.
And visually? It’s impossible to tell the difference. Seriously you guys, jackfruit is magic.
Jackfruit Al Pastor Tacos
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Spicy, tangy and smoky, these Vegan Jackfruit Al Pastor Tacos will impress even the meat eaters in a crowd.
- 2 15 oz cans jackfruit in water or brine (NOT syrup), rinsed and drained
- 1 cup canned pineapple, divided
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice from can
- 8 oz can tomato juice
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 small onion
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (plus 1-2 tbsp sauce from can)
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- cilantro, radishes and onion for garnish
- In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of canned pineapple, the pineapple juice, tomato juice, vinegar, onion, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Blend until smooth and set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat, and then add the jackfruit. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, breaking up the jackfruit as it cooks.
- Once it begins to soften and resemble shredded meat, add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and the remaining 1/2 cup of canned pineapple. Stir to combine.
- Add the blended mixture to the pan, and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Serve in warm tortillas, garnished with cilantro, radishes and onion.