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Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

If you’ve been searching for a Vegan Carnitas recipe, look no further! Here I use young green jackfruit as a substitute for pork you would find in a traditional tacos de carnitas meal. Best of all, these Jackfruit Carnitas are super easy and will be ready to hit your dinner table in just 30 minutes!


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Whoever thought Vegan de Carnitas could exist? The wonderful thing about eating a plant-based diet is that you can enjoy your favorite meals in a much healthier way. Trust me you will have a serious nostalgia moment when eating these jackfruit carnitas tacos!  They’re tasty, healthy, and quick to make; much faster than a traditional taco de carnitas recipe.

WHAT IS JACKFRUIT CARNITAS?

Carnitas literally means “little meats” in Spanish. It’s a Mexican dish originating from the state of Michoacán. Traditionally, carnitas is made with pork. The pork is cooked in lard with traditional taco seasonings (like cumin, chili, oregano, etc)  for 2 to 4 hours until it’s so tender that you are able to shred it. 

Typically you can eat Carnitas in burritos, enchiladas, tamales, or in tacos! So literally taco de carnitas could translate to “little meats in tacos.” lol  

Now, of course, this vegan version does not use pork. Instead, I used young green jackfruit essentially making jackfruit carnitas! The great thing about using young green jackfruit is your carnitas will be ready in just a fraction of the time as jackfruit does not need to cook for hours! You can top this recipe with your favorite taco toppings like my Pico de Gallo recipe!

WHAT IS JACKFRUIT?

So you’ve probably heard of jackfruit if you traveled among vegan circles and for good reason. It’s often used as a healthier and natural pulled pork substitute because of its texture. It has a taste comparable to shredded meat. This is why jackfruit carnitas makes the best vegan carnitas tacos.  I’ve also used jackfruit carnitas in my vegan stuffed poblano peppers recipe!

Jackfruit is native to South India. It is part of a species in the fig, breadfruit, and mulberry family. The name “jackfruit” itself comes from the Portuguese word “jaca” coined by 16th-century explorers. Fresh jackfruit has a spiky outer skin and is typically large in size and green in color.

YOUNG GREEN JACKFRUIT VS RIPE JACKFRUIT?

For this recipe, you will want to make sure you use young green jackfruit

Young green jackfruit is unripe jackfruit. It’s found canned (in brine) in the Asian and/or Ethic section of the grocery store. Unripe jackfruit takes on savory flavors very well. 

Ripe Jackfruit is eaten like fresh fruit. It’s sweet and its flesh is very yellow in color. It can be eaten raw, in smoothies, or in dessert recipes. It’s easily found in the frozen section of the grocery store next to the frozen fruit. 

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Jackfruit contains high amounts of vitamin C and magnesium. This is good news as women especially have a high rate of magnesium deficiency. One cup of jackfruit contains 15 percent of the daily recommended value of magnesium.

Jackfruit is also very high in fiber making it work really well for your digestive system. In addition to magnesium, jackfruit has calcium. Both calcium and magnesium work together in building strong bones. Adding jackfruit to your diet may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

***NOTE: This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.  All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.

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Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
 

If you’ve been searching for a Vegan Carnitas recipe, look no further! Here I use young green jackfruit as a substitute for pork you would find in a traditional tacos de carnitas meal. Best of all, these Jackfruit Carnitas are super easy and will be ready to hit your dinner table in just 30 minutes!

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jackfruit carnitas, tacos de carnitas
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Daytime Vegan
Ingredients
  • 2 cans young green jackfruit drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup taco or fajita seasoning heaping
  • juice of 2 lemons or limes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups vegetable stock salt to taste
  • 1-3 chipotles in adobo sauce depending on your taste, roughly chopped
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • any toppings you like I used red radishes, fresh jalapeno peppers, cilantro, red onion, & habanero sauce
Instructions
  1. Place the jackfruit in a large mixing bowl. Break the jackfruit apart with your fingers until it resembles shredded chicken. Add the taco or fajita seasoning, lemon/lime juice, and olive oil. Mix well.
  2. Place a large non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the jack fruit, stir, and cook for about 5 minutes. The jackfruit should brown a little bit.
  3. Add the vinegar, vegetable stock, salt, and chipotles in adobo sauce. Stir, reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer for 15 minutes. Next, remove the lid and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the sauce has become thick, coating the shredded jackfruit. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  4. Place your vegan “carnitas” on your tortilla, add toppings, and serve.

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