Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili | Killing Thyme

JACKFRUIT.

Ever heard of it?

It’s new to me too, don’t worry — but it sure makes a great meat substitute and it’s a fab source of dietary fiber. High five. o/

If you look up jackfruit, you’ll see images of something that might resemble an oversized plague-stricken coconut covered in moss. (Don’t panic — you’ll be buying it in a can, so don’t go on a mission to find the proper tools to crack it open — none of us need that kind of hassle in our lives.) This gem is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia. Despite the fact that it’s described as sweet and fruity (it’s often compared to a combination of apple, mango, pineapple and banana), it works really well in savory dishes as a meat substitute — especially as pulled or shredded meats — as long as you buy it in water, not syrup or brine. You should be able to easily find cans of this good stuff at your local Asian market. Ripe jackfruit in syrup is tasty and all, but it’s sweet and kept for desserts.

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Here’s a glimpse at my slow cooker after I pulled and added the jackfruit. I dare you to tell me that doesn’t resemble pulled poultry!

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili | Killing Thyme

I have yet to replicate a pulled pork sandwich with jackfruit — which is a popular thing to do — but from what I’ve read, the longer you cook jackfruit in a skillet, the chewier and more meat-like it gets. Slow cooking it for four hours in my chili kept it super tender, but I’ll keep you posted as I play around with this new and exciting gem.

But in the meantime, you need this shiz in your life.

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili | Killing Thyme

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili | Killing Thyme

Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili | Killing Thyme

If you’re looking for more vegetarian chili goodness, check out my Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili mixed with my Homemade Chili + Taco Seasoning (if you haven’t ditched those seasoning packets yet, what are you waiting for?)

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Smokey Slow Cooker Pulled Jackfruit Chili

Pulled jackfruit brings the essence of tender pulled chicken to this smokey belly-warming vegetarian chili.

Ingredients

  • 18 oz black beans, drained and rinsed if from can,
  • 18 oz kidney beans, drained and rinsed if from can,
  • 18 oz cannellini beans, drained and rinsed if from can,
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 5 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 2 20 oz cans of young green jackfruit in water (not syrup or brine), drained and rinsed
  • 2 28 oz can of Ro*tel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilis, drained
  • Homemade smokey chilil seasoning, recipe below

Garnishes:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Grated cheddar cheese

Homemade Smokey Chili Seasoning:

  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1.5 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsps crushed red pepper flakes, less if you'd prefer no heat
  • 1.5 tsps dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper

Instructions 

  • Mix all of the contents for the homemade smokey chili seasoning together until perfectly blended. Set aside.
  • Place all of the chili ingredients into the slow cooker.
  • Dump the chili seasoning into the slow cooker and mix well to blend.
  • Keep the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Serve and garnish with optional garnishes.