Ooey Gooey Cheesy Jackfruit Quesadilla

So easy and so cheesy! This stuff (jackfruit) tastes so much like chicken it’s unbelievable. And better yet, it’s (almost) completely unprocessed and good for you! Young green jackfruit (found in Asian markets) is a great replacement for chicken, pork, or even barbacoa in virtually any recipe thanks to it’s meat-like texture and ability to soak up crazy amounts of flavor. Use as many or as little ingredients as you like, but I like to go all out and get the best flavor possible! If you liked eating quesadillas as a kid, or as a time-crunched grown-up denying adult, you will love these.

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You will need:
1 can young green jackfruit in a can (in brine or water, NOT syrup!)
1 pack corn tortillas
1 8 oz. bag Follow Your Heart vegan cheddar cheese
1 cup organic vegetable broth
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion
2 tbsp hot sauce (to taste preference)
4 tbsp medium salsa
1 tbsp gluten-free tamari
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of black pepper
coconut oil spray

Begin by optionally lightly spraying down a non-stick pan with a bit of coconut oil on a burner set to medium heat. Add jackfruit (rinsed and drained), 1/2 the veggie broth, tamari, vinegar, lime juice, hot sauce, salsa and remaining spices. Stir well, add lid, and let this simmer for about 10 minutes. While this is cooking, begin chopping your onion and bell peppers. Check on your jackfruit to be sure none is sticking, and break up chunks with your spatula. The longer it cooks, the more the jackfruit will begin to resemble a chicken-like texture. Continue breaking it up while adding remaining veggie broth and 1/2 of the bell pepper and onions. Add lid and cook for about another 10-15 minutes. Add remaining bell pepper and onion, toss mixture, and turn off heat. Once this cooled down a bit, I moved mine into a separate container and reused the pan to warm up my tortillas with a little coconut oil. On medium-low heat, add one tortilla, then sprinkle on the vegan cheddar cheese. Next, add a thin layer of the jackfruit mixture. Sprinkle a little cheese on top of the jackfruit to allow the last tortilla to stick. Press with your spatula and flip after about 5 minutes, once tortilla seems to stick to the top layer well. Once your cheese is melted, you are good to go! Slice and serve with hot sauce, guacamole, or solo-style. Tastes like chicken!!

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