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Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Louise Cayzer


  • 1 tin green Jackfruit (NOT the sweet kind!!)
  • 1 red onion , finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 large pointy red pepper , chopped into strips
  • 1 tsp cumin (ground)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds (ground)
  • ½ small chilli (to taste)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 5 Tbs smokey BBQ sauce (I used one with Chipotle peppers)
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste (optional - I had it so added it in!)
  • Extra hot sauce if you want more heat
  • 4 Tbs water.
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • Drain the jackfruit & chop it up- it comes in trianglish pieces, with softer outer attached to a harder core. I chopped into smaller wedges,each with a little piece of the slightly harder core.
  • Sweat the onion & garlic in the oila large frying pan until translucent.
  • Add in the chilli and spices, and stir until they smell FAB.
  • Add the pepper and tomato paste and cook for a few minutes
  • Add in the jackfruit and stir to coat in all those lovely spices.
  • Now, add in all the rest of the ingredients, stir to coat everything and turn the heat down. Put a lid on the frying pan and leave for at least 10 mins.
  • By now the jackfruit will have softened, you'll be able to sort of smash it/pull it apart with two spoons and it will start looking 'pulled' and stringy.
  • Keep cooking on a low heat- add a bit more water or sauce if it looks like it needs it. This will allow all those little stringy bits to be coated in delicious smokey BBQ sauce.
  • To get a really authentic texture I then allowed the mix to slighty dry out, cooking it for another 10 mins or so until it almost caught a bit on the pan, creating even more depth of flavour.
  • Taste and add more sauce/spices/salt if you think it needs it.
  • Serve warm with Tortillas and all your favourite taco fillings alongside.


Use this as a taco filling, or make it into a slider thing. This amount is pretty much perfect for 4 hungry people.
It also reheats brilliantly, so make it the day before if you have loads of people coming over & have a taco party!