Meaty jackfruit makes these vegan sloppy Joes rich and filling. Jackfruit, a starchy tropical fruit, is mildly nutty and sweet, a blank canvas for a warm and spicy sauce like the one for this quick meat-free sandwich.

Adam Hickman
Source:, March 2019


Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, garlic powder, chili powder and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until the spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, broth, ketchup, Worcestershire, brown sugar and liquid aminos. Stir in jackfruit and bring to a simmer; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • To serve, place about 3/4 cup of the jackfruit mixture on bottom of each bun; cover with bun tops.


Tip: Look for liquid aminos seasoning, such as Bragg's, with other condiments, at natural-foods stores or online. Made from soybeans, it tastes similar to soy sauce but with an extra smoky kick. You can substitute soy sauce or tamari.

Nutrition Facts

267 calories; protein 5.3g 11% DV; carbohydrates 50.1g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 12.1g 49% DV; sugars 14.8g; fat 5.8g 9% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 3% DV; vitamin a iu 1590.6IU 32% DV; vitamin c 6.4mg 11% DV; folate 24.9mcg 6% DV; calcium 118.3mg 12% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 50.2mg 18% DV; potassium 370.5mg 10% DV; sodium 704.6mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.