Jackfruit Barbacoa Burrito Bowls


Jackfruit, a tropical fruit with a dense, chewy texture, is a blank canvas that takes on flavors well. In these vegan burrito bowls, the jackfruit is simmered in a warm and spicy chile sauce that's so good you'll never know you're eating a plant-based protein instead of pork or beef.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 bowls


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped white onion

  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 medium New Mexico chile, stem and seeds removed

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted vegetable broth

  • 2 (20 ounce) cans green jackfruit in brine, rinsed and shredded

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice

  • 2 cups thinly sliced iceberg lettuce

  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped plum tomatoes (about 3 medium)

  • 1 cup unsalted canned black beans, rinsed

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 lime, quartered


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and chile; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender and browned, about 6 minutes. Add broth; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Partially cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook until the chile is tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure the lid on the blender. Place a clean towel over the opening and process until very smooth, about 45 seconds. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.)

  2. Return the chile sauce to the saucepan; add jackfruit, chili powder, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and cook until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

  3. Place 3/4 cup rice in each of 4 shallow bowls. Top each with 3/4 cup jackfruit mixture, 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/3 cup tomatoes, 1/4 cup beans and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


Read more: What is Jackfruit & Should You Eat It?

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

450 Calories
9g Fat
80g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 bowl
Calories 450
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 22g 79%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 10g 19%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Vitamin A 3019IU 60%
Vitamin C 41mg 46%
Folate 67mcg 17%
Sodium 756mg 33%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 4mg 23%
Magnesium 109mg 26%
Potassium 613mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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