Jackfruit Sloppy Joes

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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 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


  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 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
6g Fat
50g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 5g 11%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 1591IU 32%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 25mcg 6%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 50mg 12%
Potassium 371mg 8%

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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