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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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BBQ Jackfruit Burrito Bowl

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Jackfruit is one of those awesome ingredients that’s vegan and vegetarian friendly; but has the texture of meat without being super processed. It’s not really high in protein though (but for a fruit, 3g per cup is still impressive!), so it doesn’t compare to meat on a nutritional level, but it’s great for a meaty texture in dishes. Which is why, when paired with beans, rice and veggies – it makes for an awesome dinner that’s hearty, satisfying and super nutritious! These BBQ Jackfruit Burrito Bowls are a great way to mix up your weekly meals! They were inspired by a recipe I found on this vegan meal delivery website – which I modified slightly to make them even easier to make at home!

So what does Jackfruit look like before it’s cooked? Like this:

bbq jackfruit burrito bowl

It’s a really funny looking plant, and it’s actually a sibling of the fig tree, which I thought was kind of cool. I’d be intimidated to cut and prepare one myself, but luckily jackfruit comes already prepared most of the time! You can get it canned which obviously saves time on prep work.

This bowl get its big flavor from AllPlants‘ custom BBQ recipe – but you can save a ton of time by using a prepared BBQ sauce – I like the organic brand from Whole Foods.

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My kids loved this recipe; my daughter was especially intrigued by jackfruit and the fact that we put “fruit” in our burrito bowls! I hope you love this recipe as much as we did – it’s going to be a regular rotation in our house during these colder months!

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BBQ Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

Caramelized BBQ Jackfruit on a bed of Mexican-style rice, with refried beans, smashed avocado, and topped with a crunchy carrot and red cabbage slaw makes for a healthy and hearty dinner!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 416kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste (plus 1 tbsp tomato paste)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 15oz cans jackfruit
  • 1 15oz can refried pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown basmati rice
  • 1 avocado smashed
  • 1/2 cup carrots julienned or chopped
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage julienned
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add 1 tbsp oil, red onion, molasses, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and red wine vinegar to a sauce-pan and cook over low-medium heat. Stirring often, cook for 20-30 minutes, until sticky and caramelized.
  • Add Dijon mustard through water to the onion mixture and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Add 2 drained cans of jackfruit to a roasting tray, and break it up with a potato masher. Pour the bbq sauce on the jackfruit and mix to incorporate.
  • Cover the roasting tray with foil and bake it covered for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake it for another 5 minutes.
  • Once cooked, with a potato masher, mash well until finely pulled.
  • In a bowl, combine ½ cup julienned carrots, ½ cup julienned red cabbage, ½ tsp lime juice and ½ tbsp oil. Mix to combine.   
  • Assemble your bowls! Add 1/4 of the jackfruit mixture, 1/4 of the refried beans, 1/4 cup rice, 1/4 of the cabbage mixture and season with salt / pepper to taste. Add the smashed avocado on top and enjoy!


Makes 4 servings; Adapted from healthy food delivery company AllPlants


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 8.9g | Fat: 12.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 793.7mg | Fiber: 12.7g | Sugar: 9.7g
This BBQ Jackfruit Burrito Bowl recipe is guaranteed to satisfy vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike! It's super flavorful, hearty and satisfying!

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