The veggie kingdom isn’t lacking in meat substitutes, especially with an abundance of tofu stir-fry, tempeh wraps, and seitan roasts. But there’s another meaty stand-in that’s growing in popularity, and it’s not a soybean or wheat gluten product — it’s a FRUIT. The jackfruit‘s flesh is fibrous and starchy, making it ideal to take the place of chicken or pork. Despite its unapproachable appearance, preparing the fiber-rich produce isn’t rocket science and the recipes are a cinch. See for yourself below!

Vegan Pulled Pork Wrap With Avocado Jackfruit Recipe

1. Vegan Pulled Pork Wrap With Avocado: Get the essence of a pulled pork wrap with tender jackfruit, BBQ sauce, and a little liquid smoke. Decked out with fresh veggies and a tasty vegan yogurt sauce, this bad boy only takes 30 minutes to throw together. (via Vegan Heaven)

Vegan Teriyaki Jackfruit Bowl Recipe

2. Vegan Teriyaki Jackfruit Bowl: Jackfruit is simmered in a lip-smacking teriyaki sauce, then plated with basmati rice, carrots, and tender spinach for a wholesome plant-based meal. (via The Veg Life)

3. Vegan Bao Buns With Pulled Jackfruit: Make your own soft and pillowy bao buns, then stuff them with sweet, salty, and saucy jackfruit, cucumber, cabbage, scallions, and crushed peanuts for life-changing goodness. (via Lazy Cat Kitchen)

4. Loaded Sweet Potato Fries With BBQ Jackfruit and Red Cabbage Apple Slaw: Loaded fries of any kind are always a winner in our books, but when they’re smothered with tangy BBQ jackfruit and a zesty slaw, all is right in the world. (via Keepin’ It Kind)

5. Vegan Smoky Tahini Jackfruit Sandwich: This smokey jackfruit ‘wich is creamy, dreamy, and paired with a slaw made up of vegan mayo, pickle brine, and cabbage for a wicked crunch. (via The Colorful Kitchen)

6. Party-Sized Jackfruit Nachos: Nothing beats a loaded platter of nachos, and this one delivers with a large bed of tortillas covered in black beans, onions, black olives, queso cheese, and smokey jackfruit. A few generous mounds of guac don’t hurt, either. (via Fettle Vegan)

7. Jackfruit Caesar Salad: Thanks to meaty jackfruit, this vegan Caesar salad eats like a meal. Silken tofu brings a creamy texture to the dressing, so you really aren’t missing out on the real deal. (via Discover Delicious)

8. Easy Jackfruit “Chicken” Quinoa Bowls: Everyone loves a good quinoa bowl, and this one brings a plethora of flavors to your palate with an umami sauce, buttery jackfruit, hearty mushrooms, and healthy sautéed greens. (via Full of Plants)

9. Vegan Gyros: We are in *love* with these Greek-inspired gyros that swap pork for shredded jackfruit. Stuffed into pitas and joined up with crisp veggies like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, they get a nice dollop of homespun tzatziki to finish things off. (via Lazy Cat Kitchen)

10. Homemade Jackfruit Tortilla Soup: Perfect for lunch or a light and cozy dinner, this mouth-watering tortilla soup brings a mix of green chilies, tomatoes, cheese, crunchy strips, and jackfruit to your bowl for a total nom fest. (via Living Vegan)

11. Beer-Braised Jackfruit Tacos: Jackfruit takes a long, slow bath in Mexican beer and punchy spices before being spooned onto warm tortillas for plant-based taco perfection. Top ’em with avocado and pineapple chunks for a bright pop of flavor. (via Thyme and Love)

12. Maple Buffalo Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches: We don’t usually like to mess with a good thing like Buffalo sauce, but the maple in this recipe adds a touch of *magic* before being slathered onto jackfruit and stuffed into a bun. (via Connoisseurus Veg)

13. Spicy Jackfruit Salad: Omitting the pork and shrimp to keep it vegan, this fiery salad is inspired by Vietnamese Young Jackfruit Salad; even the fish sauce is homespun and vegan-ized. (via Olives for Dinner)

14. Vegan Southwest Shredded Jackfruit Salad With Avocado Lime Dressing: This substantial salad is as nutritious as it is delicious. Crunchy romaine, tomatoes, red onions, and jackfruit are hit with a finger-lickin’ avocado lime dressing that’ll have you making this on the reg. (via Avocado Pesto)

15. Vegan Enchiladas With Jackfruit and Black Beans: If you find yourself with a hankering for warm and gooey enchiladas, this vegan recipe is a total WIN with healthful black beans, jackfruit, and vegan cheese. (via Well Vegan)

16. Thai Curry Jackfruit Tacos: These vegan and GF tacos will change your Tuesdays forever with Thai curry jackfruit, acidic lime slaw, and creamy lime sour cream to balance it all out. (via The Colorful Kitchen)

17. Jackfruit Rice Tortilla Soup With Mango Salsa: With spoonfuls of corn, power greens, brown rice, and mango salsa, this bowl of feelgood is fabulous any time of the year. (via Green Scheme)

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