Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

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Never heard of jackfruit? Until recently, jackfruit has been relevantly unknown in the United States. It’s gaining in popularity as more Americans look for plant-based meat substitutes. More and more restaurants are adding dishes like Jackfruit Tacos and Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches to their menus.

Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

What Is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a giant tree fruit that can reach up to 100 pounds! It’s grown in tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Africa, and Brazil but can also be grown in Hawaii, Florida, and Australia. While you can buy a whole jackfruit, you’ll likely find it divided into sections. You can also find jackfruit canned or packaged in pouches.


How To Eat Jackfruit

Each jackfruit contains pale yellow pods called bulbs that are joined to the core. These edible bulbs contain seeds that are also edible. These seeds contain protein, potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamin B. Both the bulbs and seeds can be cooked or eaten raw.

Jackfruit bulbs
Jackfruit Bulbs

Ripe jackfruit can be eaten fresh and is frequently added to desserts. Ripe jackfruit is sweet and tastes similar to mango or pineapple. Many people have made the comparison to Juicy Fruit gum.

Young, unripe or green jackfruit is what is often used as a meat substitute. It has a texture similar to pulled pork or pulled chicken and a neutral flavor. The neutral flavor allows the jackfruit to easily take on the spices, herbs, and other seasonings in the dish.

Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

Jackfruit takes the place of pulled pork in these burrito bowls. The jackfruit is seasoned with chili powder, cumin, paprika, lime juice, garlic, chopped onions, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and then cooked in an Instant Pot.

Chili Lime Jackfruit in Instant Pot
Chili Lime Jackfruit in Instant Pot

Produce Moms’ Tip: Jackfruit contains a very sticky latex sap-like substance. You may want to use gloves and coat your knife with cooking spray when breaking down a jackfruit.

To build burrito bowls, layer rice, shredded lettuce, black beans, avocado, and jackfruit. Top with cojita cheese, cream cheese, and cilantro.

Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

5 from 1 vote

Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

Servings4 servings


Chili-Lime Jackfruit

  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 lbs Jackfruit flesh only, seeds removed
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce plus 1 tbsp additional adobo sauce
  • 2 lime (juice only)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water

Burrito Bowls

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup lettuce chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced or chopped
  • cliantro to taste
  • sour cream to taste
  • cojita cheese to taste


  • In an Instant Pot, saute together garlic and onions until fragrant (about 2 minutes).
  • Add the remaining Chili-Lime Jackfruit ingredients to the Instant Pot. Stir to combine. Seal and cook on manual setting for 10 minutes. Release pressure.
  • While Jackfruit is cooking in the Instant Pot, prepare your burrito bowl ingredients.
  • Create burrito bowls by layering rice, black beans, lettuce, Chili-Lime Jackfruit, avocado, cilantro, cream cheese, and cojita cheese.


*If you cannot find green jackfruit at your grocery store, you can use young canned or pouched jackfruit. Look for jackfruit that has been packed in brine or water.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian
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While jackfruit seeds are high in protein, the fruit itself is not (it takes 2.65 ounces for 1 gram of protein). However, when combined with black beans like in this recipe, you get a meatless meal that has plenty of protein too.

Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

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Chili-Lime Jackfruit Burrito Bowls

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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