Jackfruit Carnitas

Use canned jackfruit as a pork substitute in these vegan tacos. A simple pineapple salsa gives them a fresh finish.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 28 ounces young green jackfruit packed in water, drained

  • 1 serrano chile pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 medium orange, zested and juiced

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • ¾ cup finely chopped fresh pineapple

  • 1 small Roma tomato, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt to taste

  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed


  1. Pat jackfruit dry and shred. Seed chile pepper and finely chop.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup onion, garlic, and 1/2 of the serrano pepper. Cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add jackfruit, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, oregano, and smoked paprika to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute more. Add orange zest and juice, soy sauce, and vinegar. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook and stir until liquid is almost completely evaporated and jackfruit starts to brown.

  4. For pineapple salsa, combine pineapple, tomato, 2 tablespoons onion, cilantro, and remaining serrano pepper in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt. Serve carnitas in tortillas with pineapple salsa.

Cook's Note:

You can use tamari instead of reduced-sodium soy sauce, and canned pineapple tidbits instead of fresh. You can use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
11g Fat
58g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 859mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 42mg 212%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 364mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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