Jackfruit Mexican Lettuce Wraps

Jackfruit Lettuce Wrap #myvegetarianfamily

Jackfruit Mexican Lettuce Wraps

I know I promised when I launched this blog that there would be no peculiar ingredients involved.  Now I bring you jackfruit.  You might be thinking that jackfruit is peculiar.  It’s not as peculiar as you might think. Jackfruit Mexican Lettuce Wraps are an alternative to the boring routine Mexican that is already in your weeknight dinner rotation. Change is good!

Jackfruit Facts:

  • grown on a tree in Southeast Asia, Brazil, & Africa
  • contains no saturated fat or cholesterol
  • high in fiber and potassium
  • has a stringy consistency
  • ripe jackfruit is eaten raw like a fruit or dessert
  • young jackfruit is not as sweet with a stringy texture and is used in curries, vegetarian pulled pork recipes, and flavored with Mexican spices

How to buy Jackfruit:

  • whole fruit (not always available and difficult to cut)
  • canned
  • in a pouch pre-seasoned or unseasoned (The Jackfruit Co.) – I found mine at Whole Foods in Orlando
  • if you buy the unseasoned or canned, rinse it before using it

If You’ve Never Seen a Young Whole Jackfruit: (Photographed by me at a local Asian Market):

Young Whole Jackfruit #myvegetarianfamily

Vegan + Gluten Free + Low-Carb + Easy to cook

Jackfruit will take on the flavors of whatever you are cooking. You can substitute jackfruit in lots of curries, Mexican dishes, and I have even heard a few friends sneak jackfruit into a pulled pork recipe and trick their meat eating family!

Seasoned or Unseasoned?

You can make Mexican Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps two ways.  Buy a pouch of pre-spiced Mexican jackfruit and heat it in a pan following directions in recipe below, spoon into lettuce leaves and top with avocado salsa. You can also buy jackfruit not seasoned and follow the recipe below if you want a DIY method.  I use the spiced package for quick weeknight meal or weekend lunch – super easy and tasty! Enjoy!

Like Mexican? Try my recipe for Mexican Quinoa with Corn Salsa!

Jackfruit Mexican Lettuce Wraps #myvegetarianfamily

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Jackfruit Mexican Lettuce Wraps
Vegan, Gluten free, Easy, Low Carb, Healthy! Customize with your favorite toppings for an easy dinner or lunch!
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 can or pouch Young Jackfruit
  • 2 tsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 can or pouch Young Jackfruit
  • 2 tsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
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Instructions
  1. Drain the water from can or pouch of jackfruit
  2. Heat oil in medium size skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Once oil is hot add jackfruit and sauté for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, add all dry spices. Continue to stir and break up the jackfruit with spatula into small shreds while cooking. Sauté an additional 5 -7 minutes or until jackfruit edges are browning. Remove from heat.
  4. Spoon jackfruit into lettuce leaves, top with salsa, avocado, cilantro, hot sauce or additional red chili pepper powder. Eat or serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If using a jackfruit pouch that is pre-seasoned, heat jackfruit with the same method but omit dry spices.

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