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Jackfruit Sloppy Joes

  • 25 m
  • 25 m
Adam Hickman
“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.”

Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • ¾ cup finely chopped yellow onion
    • ¼ cup finely grated carrot
    • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
    • ¾ cup unsalted tomato sauce
    • ½ cup unsalted vegetable broth
    • ¼ cup unsalted ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons liquid aminos seasoning (see Tip)
    • 1 (20 ounce) can green jackfruit in brine, rinsed and finely chopped
    • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted

Directions

  • 1 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.
  • 2 To serve, place about ¾ 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.
  • Read more: What is Jackfruit & Should You Eat It?
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