Jackfruit is the perfect substitution for shredded chicken in some of your old family recipes. I use it in my Instant Pot Jackfruit White Bean Chili recipe. The jackfruit gives this white chili the perfect texture combined with the Great Northern beans. It’s seasoned with mild ancho chili powder, green chilies, and ground cumin.
It’s fall and I want soup, stews, and lots of chili. I’m working on my stockpile of beans, so you’ll see them appear in more recipes in the next few months.
Jackfruit is the perfect gluten-free and soy-free meat substitute. It looks like shreds and is full of nutrition, though not much protein.
I have a whole post about Instant Pot Jackfruit Recipes with tons of information on the miracle fruit if you want to learn more.
What is White Chili?
White chili is usually made with a white bean instead of a kidney bean and has little or no tomatoes added to it. It can have tomatillos or green chili to give it a greenish tint.
Traditionally, it has chicken rather than ground beef. We’re using jackfruit in this recipe to veganize it and make our meatless version of white chili.
What is Jackfruit and Where Can I buy it?
Jackfruit is a giant fruit from India and is grown in other tropic climates. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, so I like to use it in recipes that get lots of their flavors from other ingredients. I mostly use it for texture.
The fruit is huge and grow to be 15 to 50 pounds! But don’t have to buy a whole fruit to cook with it. I buy mine canned, and you can buy a small piece of the whole fruit in Indian and Asian markets.
Do I Have to Soak My Beans Before I Cook Them in the Instant Pot?
People tend to have strong feelings about soaking or not soaking their beans. In this recipe I do soak the beans before hand. For me it often depends on when I decide I’m making the recipe.
In my book, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot, I have recipes for unsoaked beans and others for soaked.
I will say that your beans will look more like canned beans if you soak them. So if that’s what you’re going for I’d soak. For refried beans and other creamy bean dishes it won’t make a difference in texture.
What if I Want to Make this Recipe and I Don’t Have Any Beans Soaked?
You can do one of two things. The first is to do a “quick-soak” and the other is to cook longer with extra water.
Get the instructions for quick soaking beans over at Paint the Kitchen Red.