Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos


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

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


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

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  1. Camille McKenzie

    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!

  2. Camille McKenzie

    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!


    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

      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!

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