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BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas

Recipe by Vegan Recipes and Vibes (@veganrecipesandvibes)

BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas

Yield: 4-5 servings | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes


Treat yourself to lunch today with these ooey gooey, meaty, vegan quesadillas! And if you live near a Native Foods, I’d highly recommend picking up some of their vegan ranch dressing to dip them in

BBQ Jackfruit Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of shredded jackfruit (either fresh or canned)

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/3 cup vegan bbq sauce

  • 1 tbsp neutral-flavored oil (I used avocado oil)

Quesadilla Ingredients:

  • 8-10 tortillas (to make 4-5 quesadillas)

  • Vegan shredded cheese of your choice (I used pepperjack)

  • Refried beans

  • Corn

  • Cilantro for topping

  • Vegan ranch or sour cream for dipping


  • Start off by cooking the jackfruit. If using canned jackfruit, squeeze as much liquid out as possible first.

  • Heat a frying pan on medium heat, and add the jackfruit.

  • Add a little bit of oil so the jackfruit doesn't stick to the pan.

  • Cook for 4-5 minutes until it begins to brown.

  • Add the spices and bbq sauce to the jackfruit.

  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2-3 minutes until very fragrant.

  • Once your jackfruit is done, remove the pan from heat.

  • Heat a new large, clean, dry frying pan over medium heat.

  • While your pan is heating, assemble your quesadillas.

  • Add a thin layer of refried beans, then cheese, corn, and about 1/2 cup of the jackfruit. ○ You may need more or less jackfruit depending on the size of your tortillas.

  • Place your assembled quesadilla in the heated pan and cook, covered, for a few minutes on each side until the tortillas are browned and the cheese is melted.

  • Remove the quesadilla from the pan and let it cool for a few minutes before cutting.

  • Cut the quesadilla into 6ths or 8ths.

  • Serve with some fresh cilantro and ranch or sour cream.


Tips and Tricks:

  • You can play around with the fillings in this. Try adding some shredded greens, peppers, onions, avocado, or anything else you'd like.

  • This bbq jackfruit is a great base for other dishes like tacos, burritos, bowls, or even on top of pizza.

Nutrition & Servings: (calculated by MyFitnessPal)

  • Servings: 1 whole quesadilla

  • Calories: 257

  • Total Fat: 9g

  • Carbs: 42g

  • Protein: 5g

^ Nutrition facts include the ingredients listed above, but do not include the vegan ranch or sour cream for dipping. Nutrition facts calculated using tortillas that are 100 calories each. Nutrition facts may change slightly if additional ingredients are added.

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