Easy and delicious BBQ jackfruit pineapple quesadillas with colby jack cheese – the perfect vegetarian meal bursting with flavor!
I’m on a quesadilla kick! They’re so easy to whip up for a quick lunch or dinner. There’s also a ton of different ways you can make them based on what you’re craving or have at home. Check out these vegetarian quesadillas made with a handful of Trader Joe’s ingredients.
What is jackfruit?
Jackfruit is an exotic fruit grown in tropical parts of the world. When it’s ripe is supposedly tastes like a combination of fruits, such as apples, pineapples, and mangoes. When you get it in a can it isn’t ripe. Therefore, it has minimal flavor and can be substituted for meat.
I get my jackfruit in a can from Trader Joe’s. It’s super affordable and easy to cook. It basically takes on whatever flavor you cook it with. So in this case, BBQ sauce! Can’t go wrong with that right?
I drained the can of jackfruit and cut the core/hard pieces. They kind of reminded me of pineapple chunks. Then I used my hands and shredded it all apart. I added oil to a skillet then the jackfruit with some seasonings. Then I added some BBQ sauce and let cook for a few minutes. It looked exactly like some pulled pork or chicken. If you throw it on nachos or in a quesadilla, I guarantee most people won’t even notice the difference.
I’m not vegetarian- but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a meatless meal! I love switching it up and trying new things. Another great thing about jackfruit is that it’s a pantry staple! This way you don’t have to worry about it going bad for a while. So stock up for your quarantine if you can!
I hope you enjoy these BBQ Jackfruit Pineapple Quesadillas. I love that they just consist of a handful of ingredients! The more simple, the better these days.Print
1 (20 oz.) can of jackfruit, drained
1/3 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 cup diced pineapple
shredded colby jack cheese to taste, or cheese of choice
chopped green onion for topping
Prepare the jackfruit by shredding the pieces with your hands. Remove any hard pieces/the core.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
Add jackfruit with salt, pepper, and cumin. Let cook for two minutes, tossing everything frequently.
Add BBQ sauce and let cook 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add 2-3 tbsp water to keep it from sticking. Remove from heat when done cooking.
Lay out two tortillas on a cooking board or flat surface then sprinkle cheese on one side of each tortilla.
Then add the BBQ jackfruit on top, followed by the pineapple chunks.
Carefully fold over the tortilla so that the insides of the quesadilla are completely covered.
If using the same skillet you cooked the jackfruit in, make sure it’s wiped clean.
Heat skillet over medium heat and spray with nonstick spray.
Place both tortillas in the skillet. I use a round glass pie dish to press down the quesadilla, this helps everything stick together in my opinion, but is not necessary!
Let cook for about 3 minutes or until the bottom tortilla is browned. Spray the top of the tortillas with non stick spray and very carefully flip them to the other side.
Let cook an additional 3 minutes or until the inside is melty and outside is crisp and browned.
Cut each quesadilla in half to make four slices.
Top with green onion if desired and enjoy!