Vegan Jackfruit & Potato Taquitos Recipe

If you're curious about using jackfruit as a meat substitute, try this vegan taquito recipe. It's bursting with flavor and nutrition, thanks to the mashed sweet potato and seasoned unripe jackfruit. You can even make it gluten-free by using corn tortillas. Plus, since these taquitos are baked instead of fried, they're light yet filling. Here's how to make your new favorite plant-based recipe.

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Things You'll Need

  • 12 6-inch corn or flour tortillas

  • 14 ounces canned unripe jackfruit, drained

  • 1 medium sweet or Russet potato

  • 1/4 cup yellor or white onion, diced

  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water or broth

  • Olive oil

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Tip

Make sure your jackfruit is unripe and in brine. It may be labeled as young, raw or green jackfruit. Ripe canned jackfruit, which is packaged in a sweet syrup, won't work for this recipe.

Step 1

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the cubed potatoes and reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced with a fork.

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Step 2

Transfer the boiled potatoes to a bowl. Mash with a large fork or potato masher. Set aside.

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Step 3

Chop the jackfruit into small pieces.

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You'll be able to pull apart and shred some parts of the jackfruit. For the tougher bits, slice them into thin pieces.

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Step 4

In a large skillet, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook the onions for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

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Step 5

Add the jackfruit, taco seasoning and tomato paste. Mix to combine, then add the broth or water.

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Tip

To make sure the jackfruit is properly coated, use a spatula to spread the tomato paste.

Step 6

Simmer until the liquid is mostly evaporated and the jackfruit is lightly toasted, about 5 to 7 minutes.

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Step 7

Preheat the oven to 375°F. To prepare each taquito, place a tortilla in an ungreased pan over low heat. Warm each side for about 10 seconds.

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Tip

If you're pressed for time, layer the tortillas with damp paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds.

Step 8

On each tortilla, spread a spoonful of mashed potato across the center. Top with jackfruit.

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Step 9

Fold up the bottom half of the tortilla.

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Tuck the bottom edge around and under the filling, then tightly roll up. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.

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Step 10

Place the taquitos in a greased baking dish. Brush with olive oil.

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Step 11

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with guacamole, salsa, cilantro or a splash of lime juice.

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