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15 really good jackfruit recipes that will impress vegans AND meat eaters

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"I can't believe it's not pulled pork."

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Jackfruit is a large green fruit native to Southeast Asia and has become a pretty popular meat alternative in recent years because it looks just like pulled pork or chicken when cooked!

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Jackfruit is a little sweet, but it easily takes on the flavor of anything you cook it with, even smoky vegan barbecue sauce. It's also a good source of protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

If you can't find it at your supermarket around the corner, go to an Asian supermarket, where you should always find a cheap can. And here are the perfect recipes for it:

1. Jackfruit tacos

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The next time you have an appetite for tacos - in about 15 minutes - try this vegan carnitas variant. They have the exact same texture as the classic Mexican dish and tons of flavor. Recipe here.

2. Vegan chicken and jackfruit dip

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Do you have friends coming to your party who are vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians or everything in between? This chicken jackfruit dip is so damn good it'll make everyone happy. Recipe here.

3. Vegan pulled pork pizza with mango salsa

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We really should spend less time arguing about pineapple on pizza and more time extolling the wonders of jackfruit and mango on pizza. This combination will blow your mind. Recipe here.

4. Vegan nachos with barbecue jackfruit

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Fact: There is no person on earth who does not like nachos. One more fact: your friends won't be able to keep their hands off this vegan version, which is full of jalapeños, avocado, salsa, vegan nacho cheese and barbecue jackfruit. Recipe here.

5. Vegan Pozole from the Instant Pot

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Whether you're obsessed with your instant pot or have a committed relationship with your Dutch oven, you need it for this vegan pozole, a sumptuous reinvention of Mexican pork-based soup. Recipe here.

6. Vegan sandwiches with jackfruit and pulled pork

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It's almost scary how much jackfruit looks like pulled pork when you cook it. Even more scary is how amazing it tastes on some farmhouse bread with vegan barbecue sauce. Recipe here.

7. Vegan jackfruit pot pie

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The next time someone says vegan food doesn't fill you up, hit them in the face with this cake. It's filled with a home-style mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas, jackfruit, garlic and rosemary. Recipe here.

8. Vegan barbecue "ribs"

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Who says ribs are only for meat eaters? This vegan version with jackfruit has all the rich, smoky taste you could want. Recipe here.

9. Grilled jackfruit filled with sweet potatoes for the slow cooker

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Serve this hearty dish the next time your friends come over for dinner, and I bet they won't even realize it's not pulled pork - or that a slow cooker did most of the work. Recipe here.

10. Pulled jackfruit chilli

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There's nothing like a large, piping hot pot of chili. Especially if you can serve it to both vegans and meat eaters. Recipe here.

11. Baked jackfruit and mushroom spring rolls

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Get ready to bite into a wonderful mix of fresh vegetables and fragrant spices - with the crispness typical of spring rolls. These will quickly become your new favorite snack. Recipe here.

12. Vegan jackfruit and mushroom gyros with tzatziki

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Fried jackfruit and mushrooms, crispy potatoes and tzatziki, all rolled into a warm naan. Do I have to say more about this? Recipe here.

13. Grill Jackfruit Sweet Potato Macaroni

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These vegan sweet potato macaroni are sweet, savory and hot at the same time. Believe me, your taste buds will thank you. Recipe here.

14. Vegan jackfruit “crab” cakes

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These golden brown cakes are the real deal - they're slightly crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy and meaty on the inside. Recipe here.

15. Maple and cinnamon delicacy pumpkin salad with vegan jackfruit bacon

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Tastes delicious and looks soooo good at the same time. You can find the recipe here.

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