Slow Cooker Jackfruit Joes

Your lunchroom favorite goes vegetarian. Slow-cooked green jackfruit adds texture without compromising flavor. Pop this in the slow cooker in the morning, and you'll have thick and tangy sloppy Joes by lunchtime. Serve with pickles and vegetable chips. No hairnet required.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) can green jackfruit in brine, drained

  • 2 cups plain tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown mustard

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 hamburger buns


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add oil, onion, and bell pepper and cook until slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off Saute function and add jackfruit in a single layer on top of vegetables.

  2. Whisk tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sriracha sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Pour this mixture evenly over jackfruit in the pressure cooker. Close and lock the lid; choose the Slow Cook option and set the timer for 4 hours.

  3. Toast hamburger buns and serve topped with cooked jackfruit.

Cook's Notes:

I used an Instant Pot® that has both Saute and Slow Cook functions. If using a traditional slow cooker, skip the Saute step.

Be sure to purchase green (unripe) jackfruit in water or brine, not the sweet (ripe) jackfruit in syrup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
7g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1052mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 436mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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