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.

Source:, March 2019


Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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

1 sandwich
267 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 50.1g; dietary fiber 12.1g; sugars 14.8g; fat 5.8g; saturated fat 0.7g; vitamin a iu 1590.6IU; vitamin c 6.4mg; folate 24.9mcg; calcium 118.3mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 50.2mg; potassium 370.5mg; sodium 704.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 1/2 starch, 1 fat, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable