If you are a Mexican food lover like me, you’ll adore these Jackfruit Tostadas. I think most people get caught up in the same old routine with Mexican food. Sure, burritos and tacos are great, but there is so much more to Mexican cuisine!
A tostada is basically an open-faced taco on a crunchy shell. Tostadas are traditionally topped with beans, meat, and veggies, but they can oh-so-easily be made vegan! Of course, you can simply swap in vegan ground meat from companies like Gardein and Beyond Meat, but today we’re doing something extra-special.
We’re using jackfruit as a plant-based take on a “pulled pork” tostada.
I know what you’re thinking. “Fruit…in my tostadas? Eww, no thank you!” But wait. Give this recipe a chance and I promise it’ll win you over.
Jackfruit is a pretty insane fruit. First of all, it’s HUGE. We’re talkin’ the size of a small child. A giant chipotle burrito x10. It’s actually the single biggest tree fruit on planet earth.
The jackfruit you’ll find in stores might weigh around 10-20 pounds (still huge). But some jackfruit can grow to be upwards up 3 feet in length and weigh in at 100 pounds. Insanity!
They’re green and spiny oversized dinosaur egg lookin’ things. When they’re ripe, you can dig right in and eat them raw as you would with any other fruit, and enjoy the unique fleshy mango-esque texture and sweet flavor.
But…when they’re picked well before they’re ripe they can be cut up and packaged in brine to be used in savory dishes. You can find this jackfruit in brine in many mainstream supermarkets.
As you may have already discovered, unripe canned jackfruit is a fantastic substitute for pulled pork. Unripe jackfruit is mostly flavorless on its own, and it absorbs flavor beautifully, so you can spice and season it any way you like. That’s what we’re doing today!
In this recipe, the jackfruit is seasoned with barbecue sauce and pairs perfectly with refried beans and the Mexican-style toppings.
You’ll first prepare the refried beans if you’re making them from scratch. But if you want to save time you can buy canned refried beans. Then prepare the jackfruit. Gather your toppings and then toast up your taco shells right before you’re ready to serve them. Assemble these bad boys and have yourself a fiesta!
Get creative with the toppings. There are so many options! You can top these with chopped tomatoes, avocado (always!), corn, shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, red onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and more! You can even grab some vegan shredded cheese and vegan sour cream (like this one from the brand Tofutti).
These jackfruit tostadas are an amazing recipe to serve for a casual dinner gathering with your family, friends or a potluck. You can make big batches of the refried beans and barbecue jackfruit “pulled pork” and then lay out all of the toppings and serve it buffet style.
This recipe makes 6 tostadas, which will serve 3 people. Feel free to double or multiply the recipe if you want to serve more people!
So…are you with us? Switch up your usual Taco Tuesday or Mexican night and make these vegan jackfruit tostadas!
Hungry for more vegan Mexican recipes? Check out our recipes for Vegan Tamales, Mexican red rice, Vegan Mollete, and cozy Mexican hot chocolate, or pick up a copy of this awesome Vegan Mexican Cookbook by Eddie Garza. Hungry for more jackfruit recipes? Try this scrumptious jackfruit tuna salad.
Jackfruit tostada photos by Kathy Chrzaszcz for World of Vegan. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article edited by Amanda Meth.
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Jackfruit was always one fruit I was not a fan of but since going vegan I’ve been trying to get my taste buds used to it. This recipe looks amazing and I like anything with a Mexican twist 🙂
YESSSSS! I’ll always have a special place in my heart for anything jackfruit-based. This recipe is no different!! So incredibly good!!
Once you’ve tried BBQ jackfruit, there’s no way you’ll go back to the animal based version. The texture is so spot on, it’s scary! I love the combination of the shredded jackfruit with the homemade refried beans – it’s just perfect. My family and I love these tacos!
I was really reluctant to try jackfruit as a vegan meat alternative but I have to say I regret not having tried it years ago! The texture is spot on and (like tofu!) can absorb any delicious flavor your add to it. These are an amazing way to venture into the jackfruit world!
Love these!! Jackfruit is magical. It’s as simple as that 🙂 I am just sad that it took me so long to learn how to use it. It intimidated me for a long time, but it shouldn’t have! It’s really simple.
Jackfruit is one of my favorite foods and it’s also one food that I am pretty inexperienced with so I love how this recipe breaks down the steps to getting that delicious “pulled pork” style. So great for summer and helping to warm you up in the winter!