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Instant Pot Jackfruit Chili (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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A comforting Jackfruit Chili recipe with chickpeas and sweet potato for the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Vegan and gluten-free. With stovetop instructions!

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I’ve really been falling in love with jackfruit lately. The texture is filling and satisfying and its ever so slightly sweet flavor really complements and enhances a large variety of savory dishes. I also really love a good chili! Alongside curry, it’s my favorite comfort food as the weather turns cooler. Jackfruit in chili is certainly one of my favorite new things now! It works very well! I hope you love it too.

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What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is the fruit of a tree known as the jack tree indigenous to tropical regions of Asia. The not-so-ripe young jackfruit is most commonly used in vegan and vegetarian dishes such as this chili recipe due to its meat-like texture and rather neutral flavor.

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Jackfruit Chili

  • Super easy to make.
  • Packed with wholesome, healthy ingredients.
  • Rich and flavorful.
  • Wonderful on its own, served alongside a variety of toppings or alongside rice or quinoa.
  • Naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.
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How-to Make Jackfruit Chili — Step by Step

Sauté onion, garlic and bell pepper in olive oil.
Add spices.
Add sweet potato.
Add fire-roasted tomatoes.
Add chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and young jackfruit.
Add water or vegetable broth.
Salt to taste, add a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of cilantro.
Serve and enjoy!
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Instant Pot Jackfruit Chili

A comforting Jackfruit Chili recipe with chickpeas and sweet potato for the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. Vegan and gluten-free.
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Course: Entrées, Side Dish
Cuisine: Instant Pot, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Coming to Pressure Time for Instant Pot: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 10-ounce package or can young jackfruit no extra/added ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or granulated sweetener of choice optional
  • 1 sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro plus extra for garnishing
  • sea salt or pink salt to taste
  • chili toppings of choice optional


  • Set electric pressure to saute mode. Add oil, onion, garlic and bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes or until beginning to brown.
  • Press cancel. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, jackfruit, coconut sugar, sweet potato, paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and water/broth. Stir well.
  • Place lid on pressure cooker and set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. When 10 minutes are up, quick release pressure.
  • Stir in lime and cilantro. Salt to taste.
  • Serve on its own, with your favorite chili toppings, or over rice or quinoa. Enjoy!


Please refer to the post above for valuable information!
Some of our favorite chili toppings:
Sliced avocado, crushed tortilla chips, hot sauce, cheese or sour cream (vegan versions work great!).
View Jackfruit Chili Web Story.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4671IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg


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About Author

Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.

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