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'Barbacoa' tacos

It's always a good night for tacos and margaritas!

Try out these tacos, using jackfruit. These are loaded with tender 'barbacoa' and topped with a cream sauce, bright purple cabbage, carrots, scallions and lime juice on top.

You may not have heard of jackfruit- but it's absolutely incredible as a meat substitute. For this recipe, I used canned jackfruit in brine. This has to be cooked and has no taste, so it easily picks up the flavours of your sauces. It turns into a pulled pork-like texture once it's cooked.

With these tacos, you'll feel energized instead of sluggish. That's the beauty of plant-based eating! The texture is so much like meat, you'll be mind blown.

Jackfruit is a whole food (it's a fruit!) that contains a good amount of fiber (2.5 g/ cup), is low in fat, and also packs in some potassium and vitamin C. It's a great meat substitute texture-wise, but isn't high in protein, so you can add in some protein-rich addition to your tacos, like lentils, for example.

You'll need:

1 can jackfruit in brine

Tortillas/Hard shell tacos/Lettuce wraps


1 clove mashed garlic

2 heaping tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

1 tbsp maple syrup

salt, pepper

1 tsp chipotle powder

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

2-3 tbsp water

1 tsp white wine vinegar


Vegan mayo (I use Vegennaise)

Sliced purple cabbage

Shredded carrot

Chopped scallions

Sliced red onion

Lime wedges


  1. Add all sauce ingredients into a bowl, mix and set aside.

  2. Drain and rinse the jackfruit and cook on medium heat (cover the pan). I added about 1/4 cup of water to the pan too. Cook until tender, about 15-20 mins. Add more water as needed to keep everything steamy and to make sure the pan doesn't dry out.

  3. Once almost tender, mash the jackfruit with your spatula ,and add in the sauce- mix well!

  4. Prep all of your toppings! You can swap or omit things as desired.

  5. Assemble tacos: spread vegan mayo on a tortilla/lettuce wrap, top with the 'meat' and then add the toppings. Finish with a squeeze of lime!

Hope you love these as much as I do! Keep following along on my Instagram page @aspoonfulofscience for more recipe ideas, information and tips!

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