Delicious Plant-Based Jackfruit Gyros

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Gyros are a Greek dish that typically aren’t vegetarian-friendly. I’m taking all the flavors you would come to expect from a gyro and packing it into the versatile ingredient that is jackfruit. Jackfruit makes the perfect substitute for a traditional gyro here and also packs a good dose of vitamin C. These Jackfruit Gyros are from my cookbook The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

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I’m a huge jackfruit fan! The texture, the nutrition, the neutral palette it provides…jackfruit is unique and versatile. I’m also a fan of Greek food—who isn’t really? I’ve always loved the spices used in traditional gyros, but being a vegetarian, found the only way to taste and enjoy it to be to take matters into my own hands! The result? These wholesome and nourishing Jackfruit Gyros bursting with flavor and freshness alike.

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.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Easy to make.
  • Rich, flavorful, fresh.
  • Wholesome, filling, and nourishing
  • Vegan, dairy-free, vegetarian, nut-free, soy-free and gluten-free.

How to Make Jackfruit Gyros

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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic and extremely easy recipe.

    I used this for a group of omnivorous and they were all amazed and vowed to even try it themselves.

    A real hit that will be used again and again.


  2. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for new ways to use up jackfruit, and this was SUCH a hit in my house. Absolutely loved both the flavor and the texture. Great option for an omnivore household (my meat-loving husband also loved it!)

  3. 5 stars
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the jackfruit! I found some at Trader Joe’s and really enjoyed this gyro recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    We had this last night and it was delicious! Trying to venture out and try new things. I have been stalking your jackfruit recipes for a while but have just now gotten the courage to try. I am certainly glad we did! This was fantastic! Thanks for teaching this old dog new tricks!

  5. 5 stars
    I never would have thought to use jackfruit as a meat substitute but it worked out really well for vegetarian gyros.

  6. 5 stars
    Never thought jackfruit gyros make a good meal! Even my kids love it. These gyros were packed with flavors and glad they are healthy. Just added this recipe to my go-to recipes, thanks Kristen!