If you’ve been a vegan for at least the past 5 minutes then you know what jackfruit is. Maybe you’ve had it before or maybe you’re looking to try it. I don’t know.
I had jackfruit for the first time when I lived in Germany. The hubs and I went out for our first anniversary meal as vegans to a really nice restaurant called Grüner Michel and they served this amazing Brazilian spiced jackfruit and I fell in love with it on the spot. And then, of course, we left Germany.
Recently I was at my local Lidl and found a can of jackfruit and I thought to myself, it’s been a long time since that disastrous attempt in which I bought the wrong, sweet version so it was time to try it again.
I decided to start simple with a nacho bowl. It turned out delicious and flavorful, and I’m thinking I’ll try it again as some kind of shredded barbecue sandwiches.
What You’ll Need:
*Mixing bowls or ramekins
*Corn, cut off the cob or canned
*Black beans, drained
*Red bell peppers
*Cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano & smoky paprika
*Drain and rinse jackfruit in cold water. If you have the time, let it soak for a few minutes to get rid of that brine-y flavor.
*Chop lettuce and rinse it in salad spinner. Spin until dry.
*Rinse & chop cucumbers, place in bowl.
*Shred/separate the jackfruit and season it with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano and smoky paprika. Set aside.
*Chop ingredients for fresh salsa or use store bought. If you make it yourself, rough chop ingredients and add to food processor. Pulse a few times and then run until blended.
*Sauté onions and bell peppers over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add corn and garlic, cook another 3 to 5 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
*Add black beans and jackfruit, plus more seasoning. I like to add a tablespoon of tomato paste for extra flavor and add water or broth to create a thick sauce.
*Put together your nachos!
*Top with salsa and/or guac
Tell me below what’s your favorite way to stack it, lettuce on top or bottom? Nacho chips on the side or part of the plate?
Looking for the perfect salsa recipe? Check out my fresh vegan salsa recipe here.