BBQ Jackshroom Tacos {Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Meat Replacement}

Updated: Oct 4, 2018


Recipe by Reid Trapani.

Simple, Satisfying, Savory.


These aren't just any ole tacos. They're BBQ JACKSHROOM TACOS... And they're so uniquely MEATY and TENDER, they'll have your tastebuds BEGGING for more after each bite. We can't wait for you to try them yourself!

But first. Let's talk ingredients. These tacos have two key players: JACK and SHROOM. Hence the name.


So what's the jack?


Jackfruit is mother nature’s largest tree fruit (some reaching 80 pounds in size) and is considered a nutritional powerhouse. Its fruit pods are most commonly utilized as a meat substitute because of their similar texture. While the size of the fruit may have limitations, the nutritional benefits are seemingly endless.


Jackfruit is filled with flesh that resembles a meaty texture.

Consuming this super fruit can regulate blood sugar levels, fight anaemia, provide instant energy boosts, promote a healthier immune system while simultaneously lowering one’s risk of heart disease. Additionally, jackfruit is loaded with important antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Carotenoids and Flavonoids that provide a multitude of benefits.


When purchasing Jackfruit, look for cans of young green jackfruit stored in water. This will be the healthiest option aside from dissecting the large fruit itself. And sometimes there's just NOT enough hours in the day to dissect a jackfruit, ya know?

Wrap 'em up in corn tortillas and top with your favorite slaw!

So, what about the ‘shroom?


Let’s talk about KING TRUMPET MUSHROOMS for a sec, shall we? 


The King Trumpet Oyster mushroom AKA “oyster” or Royal Trumpet is an edible mushroom and largest species in the oyster mushroom genus, Pleurotus. These bad boys have a thick white stem that is undeniably meaty and very effective in the kitchen. And once cooked, these royal fungi produce an unparalleled umami flavor.


The KING of all MUSHROOMS.

Inside the mushrooms are high levels of ergothioneine, a naturally occurring amino acid and antioxidant typically concentrated in body parts containing high levels of oxidative stress, such as the liver and kidneys. Ergothioneine has been said to have “unparalleled potential benefits for cognitive function, eye health, immune modulation, lung health, reproductive health and skin health, but it cannot be made by the human body."


This antioxidant was discovered nearly a century ago but sat dormant at the desks of scientists and nutritionists alike. Though as of recently, researchers discovered the human body contains a transporter protein specifically structured to extract it from our diet and implement it in our tissues. This suggests its importance in fighting inflammation and promoting long-term health.


So what happens when you take the JACK OF ALL FRUITS and combine it with the KING OF ALL SHROOMS? You get JACKSHROOM: a slightly sweet, umami-filled meat substitute guaranteed to rock your socks off.


Hello Jackshroom, goodbye socks. 


JACKSHROOM TACOS

Total Time: 1 hr

Servings: 3-4 (approx. 12 tacos)

What You Will Need
  • 9.5 oz. - King Trumpet Mushroom

  • 2- 20oz cans of young green jackfruit in WATER

  • 1.5 cups of VEGAN BBQ sauce (Happy Seed's homemade BBQ sauce recipe COMING SOON!)

  • 1 pack of corn tortillas

  • 2 cups of vegan cole slaw (we like Minimalist Baker's avocado slaw)


  • BBQ Spice Pack**

  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar

  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp onion powder 

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 320° F.

  2. Drain and rinse cans of jackfruit. Place in paper towel lined bowl and set aside to dry and prepare the spice pack.

  3. Mix all BBQ spice pack ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

  4. Place mushrooms on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop ‘em in the oven for 8-12 minutes on each side (this will vary depending on the size of your 'shroomies.)

  5. Next, chop or use your hands to pull apart the pieces of jackfruit (for two cans it took us about 5 min).

  6. Check on your mushrooms. They are ready when moisture is slowly being released onto the parchment and the thick stems start to give when pushed on. Remove from over and allow to cool off for a few minutes.***

  7. Place mushrooms on a cutting board and fork them apart into strips. Then mix the mushrooms with the jackfruit and toss with the spice pack.

  8. Heat 1 tbsp. of water in a large pan over medium heat.

  9. Add the JACKSHROOMS and toss for about 5 min. If the seasoning starts to stick to the pan, add water to remove the residue.

  10. Add BBQ sauce to the pan and mix well. If the mixture seems a bit too thick add 1 tbsp. of water at a time to thin.

  11. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes to really get those flavors KICKIN'.

  12. Finish by cranking up the heat to med-high for three more minutes to achieve better coloration and texture.

  13. Remove from heat, add to corn tortillas, and top with slaw (and whatever other toppings you're taco-lovin' soul desires!)

***If your shrooms are a lil' juicy, pat them dry with a paper towel to remove some of the moisture as this will aid in the spice pack effectively coating the outside.


{Recipe loosely adapted from #MinimalistBaker BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches.}


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