I receive lots of questions on healthy options around any food-centered holiday or events. Since it is Super Bowl Sunday, I wanted to turn a classic snack sideways and have been wanting to experiment with jackfruit. Jackfruit has been around for a while and is in the tree fruit category with figs, mulberries, and bread fruit. It has Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Its seeds are high in Vitamin A. Not bad for a large green fruit the size of a football. The best way to use it is to buy it in a can labeled “green jackfruit”. It has a shredded meat look and texture, and it takes well to spices and sauces. My next endeavor will be to use it with Korean BBQ sauce, but let’s get to making nachos. I am keeping mine simple and all plant-based, even down to using grain-free tortillas made from Cassava Flour. Make your nachos with your favorite toppings, but swap the protein for my spicy jackfruit. You’ll be amazed at the yummy compliments you will receive.
Makes two 14×7 inch platters
1 20 oz can green jackfruit, rinsed and pulled apart
1-2 tablespoons olive oil/ avocado oil
1/4 teaspoons each – cumin, chili powder, oregano, chipotle powder, smoked paprika
1/4 cup water
1 bag Siete grain-free chips or chips of choice
1 1/2 cup pico de gallo
1 cup shredded romaine
Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add Jackfruit and sauté to warm. Add spice mixture, water and coat fruit. Assemble chips on platters and start building. Add jackfruit, shredded lettuces, pico de gallo and extra cilantro. *Other great items to add would be pickled onions, avocado, crema, feta cheese or any other cheese. Make them your own.
- Siete brand chips are made by a South American family using cassava flour, which comes from a root vegetable that is a staple in South America.