Jackfruit Tacos + Creamy Poblano Sauce –
a delicious plant-based dinner option! Flavorful jackfruit covered in a vegan poblano cashew-based sauce!
This post is sponsored by Califia Farms, but the opinions are my own.
Meatless Monday here we come!
If you have not tried jackfruit before – here is your excuse to try it! Prepared almost like pulled pork in this recipe the jackfruit is flavorful and delicious. We first saute it in some Califia Farms Plant Butter (made without canola or palm oil!) and then sprinkle it with all the pulled pork seasonings. But then we top it with some creamy cashew-based poblano sauce, made with Califia Farms Unsweetened Almondmilk, to make it even better! Top with fresh cilantro, red onion and avocado – every bite is seriously better than the next!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Meatless: I know I am always looking for fun new meatless meal to enjoy and incorporate into our meal planning throughout the week – this recipe is perfect!
- That Poblano Sauce: The cashew-based poblano sauce is just amazing. So rich and creamy – not spicy – but there is just that nice hint of pepper running through it. So good!
- Quick: This really comes together quickly – between the quick blending of the sauce and the quick saute of the jackfruit … you will have dinner ready in no time at all!
What You Will Need
Creamy Poblano Sauce
- raw cashews
- Califia Unsweetened Almondmilk
- kosher salt
- poblano pepper
- lime juice
- Califia Farms Plant Butter
- garlic spices
- toppings: avocado, fresh cilantro and red onion
- street taco tortillas
What is Jackfruit
Jackfruit is a fruit that grows in the tropical areas of Southeast Asia, Brazil and Africa. Read more about it and its benefits here!
How to Prepare Canned Jackfruit for Tacos
In this recipe we are simply using jackfruit from a can (you can learn more about preparing a raw jackfruit here) and it is very quick and easy.
- Drain can.
- Pour out jackfruit and squeeze out excess liquid by hand or by placing in cheesecloth and squeezing. The less moisture left in the jackfruit the more crispy it will become when cooking.
- Cook per recipe.
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Jackfruit Tacos + Creamy Poblano Sauce – a delicious plant-based dinner option! Flavorful jackfruit covered in a vegan poblano cashew-based sauce!
Creamy Poblano Sauce
- 1 cup raw cashews (Prep: place in bowl; cover with boiling water. Let sit 15–30 minutes. Drain before use)
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Califia Unsweetened Almondmilk
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 medium/large poblano pepper, cut into chunks
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Califia Farms Plant Butter
- 1 (14oz) can jackfruit
- 1/2 cup sweet yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Toppings: avocado, red onion and fresh cilantro
Creamy Poblano Sauce
- Place ingredients in high powered blender.
- Blend on High until you reach smooth consistency – about 3-5 minutes.
- Taste and add additional salt, lime juice or garlic – as desired.
- If you want the consistency a little thinner – add additional almond milk 2 tablespoon at a time.
- Drain jackfruit.
- Try and dry out the jackfruit as much a possible. Squeeze out liquid with hands or place in a cheesecloth and squeeze. You want the jackfruit dry so it will crisp up nicely in the pan.
- Bring cast iron skillet up to medium high heat.
- Add Plant Butter and let melt.
- Add garlic and saute until it becomes fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add in onion and saute for 3-5 minutes.
- Add jackfruit and use a spatula to break apart. Saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring to combine with the onion mixture.
- Add in lemon pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Stir to combine.
- Let cook, moving around fairly constantly, as the jackfruit continues to cook and heat through.
- Optional: place under broiler for 3-4 minutes to crisp up the jackfruit further.
- Serve on grain-free tortillas or street taco tortillas and top with fresh cilantro, red onion and the Creamy Poblano Sauce.
- Cashews: You can also let them sit overnight in tepid water. Drain before use.
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