Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

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These Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos taste amazing, they will be a hit when you serve them. They are full of flavor and they are vegan and gluten-free!

Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos


I bought two cans of green jackfruit and I wanted to make a quick and easy recipe because I had less than an hour to leave for an appointment. I decided to make tacos because my family loves tacos whenever I prepare them. I keep a lot of La Tortilla Gluten-Free Wraps on hand so we can always make quick and easy wraps.

I also used these gluten-free wraps to prepare my amazing Black Bean Burritos and my Curried Tofu Wraps.

Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

Fresh green jackfruit can be purchased from a local Asian or Latino Supermarket, you can find instructions HERE on how to prepare the jackfruit from scratch but I bought the ones in the can. Make sure you get the green jackfruit in brine and not the ripe jackfruit in syrup, the texture and taste are very different.

Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

How To Make Jackfruit Carnitas?

To prepare these flavorful Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos, I first browned the jackfruit in my non-stick pan (you can skip this step if you don’t really care about it looking brown), then I made a sauce using onion, garlic, tomato paste, orange and lime juice, oregano, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and liquid smoke for smoky flavor and I used coconut sugar-sweetened and to give a deep caramel color and flavor! The result was amazing, my family loved it and kept asking for more!

Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 237 kcal / 991 kJ
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 42 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 17 min
  • Ready in: 32 min
  • For:
  • 6 servings




  1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-high, drain jackfruit and pat dry. Add jackfruit and cook until brown and crispy on both sides, about 7-10 minutes.Mash with a fork or potato masher, toss with 1 tablespoon Bragg's liquid aminos and set aside while you make the sauce.
  2. Heat remaining oil or 1/4 cup of the vegetable stock in skillet on medium high, add onion, garlic and cook until soft, about 3 minutes
  3. Add oregano, cumin, paprika and cook until fragrant. Stir in tomato paste, orange juice, lime juice, vegetable stock, sugar, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon Bragg's liquid aminos and salt.
  4. Cook for about 2 minutes for flavors to meld, stir jackfruit in the sauce and continue to cook until sauce evaporates.
  5. Cook tortillas on a clean dry skillet on both sides, topped with jackfruit, guacamole, sliced onions and cilantro to garnish. Serve immediately


Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Lexi
    May 20, 2020

    One of my favorite recipes on this site. So delicious… I gave some to my non- vegetarian friends and they were blown away. Will make this again over and over!

  2. Annastasia
    April 27, 2020

    Made it for dinner tonight and it was absolutely amazing!!!! Thank you for the recipe :)

  3. Karen
    June 11, 2019

    Another hit. Kids loved it.

  4. Jenn
    May 30, 2019

    I’d like to make these this weekend. Can I use fresh jack fruit for it?

  5. Belinda
    May 5, 2019

    Happy Cinco De Mayo, just finish making this recipe and it is all that. I swear I never liked jack fruit until I started making your recipes. Followed the recipe and used fresh orange juice. Next up is your curry chick’n made from soy curl. I Meal prep for the week. Thank you for sharing your tasty vegan recipes.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 5, 2019

      Happy Cinco De Mayo Belinda. That’s so lovely to hear, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Casondra
    April 17, 2019

    Just made this and it’s BOMB!! Best jackfruit recipe I’ve made. Followed recipe to the T. Kids and husband approved! The orange juice (I used fresh) was the Star ingredient! So so good! Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 17, 2019

      Casondra, I’m so happy you and your family loved my recipe. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. I really appreciate it!

  7. Nicoletta Sugarlovespices
    July 30, 2018

    I keep seeing jackfruit in the stores and wanting to buy it. I am glad it is so versatile you can use it to make great looking and tasty tacos with it! Thanks for the ins

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      It is very versatile, I hope you try it Nicoletta.

  8. Sara
    July 29, 2018

    I haven’t tried jackfruit yet. We can get it at our grocer but it is so terribly expensive. If they ever have it on sale I will definitely try this recipe. It looks awesome!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      Wow, so sorry it is expensive in your neck of the woods. I really hope it goes on sale soon.

  9. Jennifer
    July 29, 2018

    I’ve always been so intrigued by jackfruit, especially after seeing it gain in popularity recently.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      Yes it is amazing how it has become so popular lately, I hope you get to try my recipe.

  10. Patti @ Patty Cake's Pantry
    July 29, 2018

    I look at Jackfruit, and I get scared. They are very intimidating looking. I had heard there was canned jackfruit available, but I didn’t realize there were different kinds. With my luck, I would have gotten the ripe on in syrup, and it would’ve ruined the recipe. I love all the spices going into this. They are all my favorites, so I definitely need to give this a try.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      Aww Patti, the large fresh jackfruits are definitely intimidating but the can is like a piece of cake. Hope you try it soon.

    • A
      December 1, 2020

      In MD at Trader Joe’s its about 2.00 and change

  11. Anne Murphy
    July 29, 2018

    I just saw canned jackfruit for the first time – and knew I had seen recipes for it somewhere but didn’t remember… So now I have one, and I can stop and get it next time I’m in the store! Thanks for helping me try something new!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      Wow, that is such a coincidence Ann. I hope you try it.

  12. Shelley
    July 28, 2018

    Michelle, I really love this post! I’ve eyeballed packages of jackfruit at the grocery so many times, but you really inspired me to give it a try! Thanks for the great tips – like exactly which type of jackfruit to buy (so helpful for a jackfruit newbie!) and that you can skip the browning step to save time if you don’t care about the color. Thanks bunches!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      Thank you Shelley, I hope you try it.

  13. carissa
    July 28, 2018

    I had to do a double take at that first photo. The jackfruit looks very similar to real pork carnitas. I’ve never actually had jackfruit but the photos and recipe are making me want to try it!

  14. Cathleen
    July 27, 2018

    Every time I have seen jackfruit tacos or sandwiches in restaurants I will always buy it! Some reason I have never tried cooking it for myself. This needs to happen soon!!

  15. Pearl Rodrigues
    July 27, 2018

    These look so yum and it surprises me to see no meat in there and yet so much flavor and deliciousness. I think I’m going to make some of this for dinner as we plan on eating some vegetarian delights through the week and this one seems perfect

  16. Kiki Johnson
    July 26, 2018

    These need to be tried! I have heard so many amazing things about jackfruit as a meat substitute and cannot wait to try this vegan version of a Mexican classic!

  17. Tammy
    July 26, 2018

    I need to locate jackfruit. I’ve heard so much about it but I’ve not tried it yet. These vegan tacos look amazing and sound sooo good! Craving one right now! :D

  18. Kelly Anthony
    July 24, 2018

    I’m amazed there is no meat in there! Totally serving this up to my vegan friend tomorrow! I was at a loss as to what to make for their family! Thanks!

  19. Gloria
    July 23, 2018

    I have never tried jackfruit before. I’m not sure we even have it available here. I love tacos of ALL kinds. These sound very interesting.

  20. Rae Elliott
    May 1, 2018

    Can this be frozen?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 1, 2018

      Rae, I have never had leftovers to freeze but Trader Joe’s food store sells frozen prepared jackfruit so it should work. If you try it please let me know!

  21. Camille McKenzie
    November 13, 2017

    My mom just made your Jamaican lentil patties and is raving about it!!! I can’t wait to taste it tomorrow and give you my review!

  22. Camille McKenzie
    November 13, 2017

    By the way, I give the jackfruit carnitas six stars! Excellent!!!

  23. Camille McKenzie
    November 13, 2017

    I just made this recipe tonight Michelle! I loved it! Thanks for making delicious recipes to share with the world! Blessings to you my friend!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 13, 2017

      That’s wonderful Camille, I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you for your feedback.

  24. Paul
    November 11, 2017

    Recipe looks great. Good information on the type of Jackfuit to purchase (best in brine). Question, the picture appears to show chunks of jackfruit but your instruction says to mash them after browning. So do you just mash some of them or what? Also the info for the tortillas was helpful. Thanks.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 11, 2017

      Thank you Paul, I mashed with a fork but I didn’t mash it until it was very stringy, It’s a personal choice how much you want to mash it. The recipe is very flavorful so the way I did was fine but doing it more will allow more surface area for the seasonings to soak through!

      • Paul
        November 25, 2017

        Hi Michelle, not knowing anything about jackfruit prompted my question about “mashing” them. Made the recipe today and it was great, very tasty. Now I know a little about jackfruit. Thanks for the recipe and the lesson. Great recipe.