Hola Amigos. Fancy some Mexican food? Those grilled Corntortillas stuffed with BBQ Bloody Mary jackfruit, melted cheese, sweetcorn, sour creme, jalapeños, cashews and avocados and homemade Mexican Pinto Coleslaw are amazing. I love to try new things. Isn’t it crazy that you can make vegan pulled pork from a fruit? I do not know who first came up with the idea of using Jackfruits for a vegan version of Pulled Pork, but whoever it was thank you what a great idea! All in all, you do not need more than 30 minutes to make those Jackfruit Pulled Pork Quesadillas. My recipe may seem like I was just throwing together a random mix of ingredients – but trust me this combination will blow you away.
I bought the Jackfruit in an Asiashop, but you can also order it on Amazon. Make sure you buy young jackfruit in salted water (brine) or water, never in syrup!
Contains nuts and fruit sugar
In addition to being trendy, unique & versatile, jackfruit is both socially and environmentally sustainable! Jackfruits are found in South & South East Asia, where they grow on the stem of the jackfruit trees. The fruits are green-yellowish on the outside and can be really heavy (up to 40kg!). Jackfruit is the largest known tree-borne fruit. There they are well known for being nutrient-loaded and are a big part of local cuisine. However, traditionally they are consumed when ripe. Then they develop their sweet flavour which resembles a mix of mango, banana and apple.
This is where sustainability comes into the picture: The trees are not able to hold all the the fruit and so harvesting some of them before ripe becomes necessary and by using them and not letting them go to waste the fruit becomes more lucrative for local farmers.
If you wanna find out more about this miracle food, I recommend this article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/23/jackfruit-miracle-crop-climate-change-food-security
When it is harvested unripe before the sweet taste develops it easily takes the flavour of spices and BBQ sauce and when cooked it develops a meat like texture. The flesh of the jackfruit is starchy and is a great source of fibre. The fruit is also rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin c, potassium, calcium and iron.
You can either buy corn Tortillas in your local supermarket or make them yourself which I would recommend if your not in a rush as the shop-bought ones usually contain many preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers and fats that you don’t wanna eat. Those tortillas are the real thing! It is a very simple mixture of masa harina (a type of corn flour you can buy at organic supermarkets or order from Amazon) and water results in the most wonderful corn tortillas you ever tasted.
You can also make the cheese yourself by following Minimalist Baker’s amazing Mexican Cheese recipe here: http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-mexican-cheese-three-ways/
For the Quesadilla
- 1/2 cup of sweetcorn
- 1 avocado
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1 can of jackfruit in brine or water (not in syrup!!!)
- 1 tsp Chili flakes
- 1 tbsp smoked pepper powder
- 1 tbsp of harissa paste
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup of vegan cheese
- 4 tbsp vegan sour cream
- Jalapeños to taste
- A handful of Cashew nuts
- Jackfruit is not only incredibly nutritious & tasty, but also very easy to prepare: first drain the jackfruit, wash and cut out the core.
- Then place the jackfruit pieces in a bowl and marinate for 10mins with the spices and BBQ sauce. I’ve used half a teaspoon of harissa & smoked pepper powder as well, which gives the whole thing a really smoky taste.
- Heat a skillet to high heat and add oil and jackfruit, then sweetcorn
- Turn the heat to medium and leave for 25min while stirring from time to time
- Meanwhile slice the Avocado and jalapeños and roast a handful of cashews
- Fill your hot cheesy tortillas with a dollop of sour cream, avocado, cashews, jalapeños and jackfruit
If you wanna make the Corn Tortilla yourself
You really only need around 1.5 cup of hot water, 2 cups masa marina flour and 1 tsp of salt – makes 6 small tortillas
- In a bowl, mix salt and masa harina flour.
- Pour all the hot water into the dough and mix with a spoon or your hands until thoroughly combined to form one big ball. The dough should be firm when touched, not sticky. If the mix feels too dry add in some more water until the dough is formable
- Preheat a frying pan to medium heat
- Pinch off an at least golfball sized piece and form it into a ball
- Put the ball in between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper and flatten it using a pot, a rolling pin/ a bottle or a tortilla press
- Gently flip the tortilla and remove plastic wrap so that you have it on your hand. Flip your hand to let if drop into the pan and fry on the hot griddle for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, the tortilla should have beautiful golden marks. Flip it over and fry on the other side
- Repeat the above steps
- Keep your tortillas covered with a towel to stay warm until you’re ready to fill them.
- 1/2 can pinto beans (cooked and drained)
- 1 small sweetheart cabbage (grated, for for even nicer colours half white and half a pink cabbage)
- 2 fresh shallots (chopped)
- 2 carrots (grated)
- 4 tbsp vegan yoghurt (or 3 tbsp vegan majo)
- juice of half a lemon (or 3 tbsp cider vinegar)
- 2 tbsp olive/rap seed oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp salt and pepper
- For the dressing, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a large bowl. Add yoghurt, maple syrup and oil to it and season with salt and pepper. Then mix well using a fork
- Discard the core and the outer leaves of the cabbage and finely grate it (I use a food processor). Chop the bottom of the washed and peeled carrots and shallots and finely grate them.
- Pop the shredded veg into your large bowl
- Mix well and season to taste (I usually like mine quite vinegary and always add a bit more).
- Enjoy straight away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days