Looking for veggie-based comfort food for your family? This Vegan Peanut Butter Jackfruit Chili is what you’re looking for! Young or green Jackfruit is the latest trend in meat replacement.
Jackfruit is the latest trendy food, especially as a meat replacement for vegans and vegetarians. The jackfruit is a fruit, a relative of the fig, mullberry and breadfruit. It grows on a jack tree native to southern India, Brazil, Mexico, Africa & the rainforest in Malaysia.
When picked early, it has a neutral taste so can be used in recipes with a sauce with success, like BBQ sauce for a vegetarian pulled pork alternative. (It has the consistency of chicken when green.) At this stage you can use it in any meat recipe such as tacos and burritos, chili con carne, and stew.
It is time consuming to slice & remove the pits in a green jackfruit, and it has a sticky white resin that stains. Most people purchase canned or refrigerated pouches of green jackfruit at specialty grocery stores. Just rinse and then use in your recipe.
It can grow to 80 lbs in weight, but the average ripe jackfruit is around 40 lbs.
Ripe jackfruit tastes sweet & fruity. Eat it chilled as a fruit dessert, after removing the skin and the seeds.
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1/2 large white onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can whole tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can green jackfruit, drained, rinsed and chopped
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- cornbread (optional)
- tortilla chips (optional)
- cinnamon rolls (optional)
- Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add oil, onion and peppers; cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and tomato paste, stirring to coat. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, then stir in crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes, water, kidney beans and jackfruit; bring to boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
- Simmer 25-30 minutes. Stir in peanut butter and simmer another 5 minutes.
- Serve with cornbread, tortilla chips or cinnamon rolls, if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 7g
We provide nutritional information but these figures should be considered estimates as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
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Recipe and photos courtesy of the Georgia Peanut Commission
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