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I bought two cans of green jackfruit and I needed 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. Usually, I keep a lot of my favorite 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

What Is Jackfruit?

If you are from a tropical country or are familiar with one’s cuisine, you might have heard of jackfruit, or its cousin, breadfruit. It is a massive awe-inspiring fruit, that can weigh up to even 80 pounds.

The flavor of the ripe fruit is described by most as being a cross between pineapple and banana. It is a pleasantly mild but sweet fruit.

The seeds are also edible (after cooking), and downright delicious. They can be roasted and eaten as a snack, or used in dishes such as Jackfruit Seed Curry.

Where To Buy Jackfruit?

Fresh green jackfruit can be purchased from a local Asian or Latino Supermarket, and you can find instructions HERE on how to prepare the jackfruit from scratch. You will have tons of leftovers that you can freeze and use in recipes to come.

However, for convenience’ sake I bought green jackfruit in the can. The easiest and most economical source will still be your local Asian or international market. They are also now sold at Trader Joe’s. Make sure you get the green jackfruit in brine and not the ripe jackfruit in syrup, as the texture and taste are completely different.

What Is Carnitas?

Carnitas is traditionally a well seasoned Mexican slow cooked pulled pork. When the harder cuts of meat are cooked slowly or under pressure, they would flake up, resulting in carnitas.

fIt would be eaten as a filling for tacos, burritos, tamales, and more. It is usually accompanied by diced onion, tomato, guacamole, and cilantro. When you slow cook or pressure cook the simple yet mind blowing flavors found in Mexican cuisine and add them to a blank canvas, the result is truly amazing. 

Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

What Is In Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos?

  • Green Jackfruit
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Tomato Paste
  • Orange Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Gluten Free Tortilla Shells
  • Guacamole
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro

How To Make Jackfruit Carnitas?

Shredded Jackfruit

  1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, drain jackfruit and pat dry. Add the jackfruit to the skillet, and cook until brown and crispy on both sides, for about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat, and mash the jackfruit with a fork or potato masher until it is shredded. Toss with one tablespoon of Bragg’s liquid aminos, and set aside while you make the sauce.

Sauce

  1. Heat remaining oil or 1/4 cup of the vegetable stock in the same skillet on medium high. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add oregano, cumin, and paprika, and cook until it is fragrant. Stir in tomato paste, orange juice, lime juice, vegetable stock, sugar, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, the remaining tablespoon of Bragg’s liquid aminos, and salt.
  3. Cook for about two minutes, allowing for the flavors to meld. Stir the jackfruit shreds into the sauce, and continue to cook until sauce evaporates.

Taco Assembly

  1. When ready to eat, heat the tortillas on a clean dry skillet on both sides until soft.
  2. Make your tacos with the jackfruit carnitas, and toppings such as guacamole, sliced onions, and cilantro.

Vegan Jackfruit Recipes

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches

Vegan Jackfruit Stew

Gluten-Free Vegan Pot Pie

Vegan Crab Cakes

Instant Pot Jackfruit Potato Curry

Jackfruit Seed Curry

Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

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Nutrition

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

Cook Time

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

Ingredients

Toppings

Instructions

Shredded Jackfruit for Carnitas

  1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, drain jackfruit and pat dry. Add the jackfruit to the skillet, and cook until brown and crispy on both sides, for about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat, and mash the jackfruit with a fork or potato masher until it is shredded. Toss with one tablespoon of Bragg's liquid aminos, and set aside while you make the sauce.

Sauce for Carnitas

  1. Heat remaining oil or 1/4 cup of the vegetable stock in the same skillet on medium high. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add oregano, cumin, and paprika, and cook until it is fragrant. Stir in tomato paste, orange juice, lime juice, vegetable stock, sugar, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, the remaining tablespoon of Bragg's liquid aminos, and salt.
  3. Cook for about two minutes, allowing for the flavors to meld. Stir the jackfruit shreds into the sauce, and continue to cook until sauce evaporates.

Assembly

  1. When ready to eat, heat the tortillas on a clean dry skillet on both sides until soft.
  2. Make your tacos with the jackfruit carnitas, and toppings such as guacamole, sliced onions, and cilantro.

Notes

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.