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Jackfruit Carnitas on a Plate

Jackfruit Carnitas

$5.14 recipe | $0.51 serving
Mitch and Justine
Try these jackfruit carnitas to challenge everything you thought you knew about meat alternatives. They're crispy, savoury, herbaceous, and super addicting!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Vegan
Servings 10 servings
Calories 131 kcal


  • Chef knife and cutting board
  • Large pot
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking sheet



  • 2 lbs young jackfruit ($3.86)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided ($0.11)
  • ½ medium white onion, diced ($0.17)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced ($0.12)
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano ($0.03)
  • ¾ teaspoon thyme ($0.01)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin ($0.01)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika ($0.01)
  • ½ tablespoon salt ($0.01)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper ($0.01)
  • 1 ½ navel oranges, juiced ($0.30)
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice ($0.12)
  • 2 tablespoon tamari ($0.36)
  • cup water ($0.01)
  • 2-3 Mexican bay leaves ($0.01)

To serve optional



  • To prepare the jackfruit, rub some oil on your knife and cut the fruit in half then quarters. Cut each quarter into thick slices like you would a watermelon. Then, remove the core from each slice using your knife (it's also helpful to have gloves on for this part).
  • Once you have discarded the core, begin to pull the fruit pods away from the rind and remove the seeds from inside the pods. Separate the seeds into one bowl and the fruit pods into another.
  • Once you have removed the fruit pods, cut away the white pulp from the rind and add it to the same bowl as the pods. Discard what is left of the rinds and set your bowl of fruit pods and pulp aside.


  • Combine the oregano, thyme, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, orange juice, lime juice, tamari, and water in a mixing bowl.
  • Then, preheat 2 tablespoon of oil in a large pot over medium. Add in the diced onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until translucent. Add in the minced garlic, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Next, add the jackfruit, marinade, and bay leaves into the pot of onions and garlic. Give it a good stir, then reduce the heat to low-medium. Cover the pot and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom.
  • With about 10-15 minutes left of simmering, preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Once the jackfruit is tender enough to pull apart, begin shredding it with 2 forks or a potato masher (it should come apart quite easily).
  • Transfer the jackfruit to a baking sheet in a single layer (this is important to get a nice crisp and char). Bake for 20-25 minutes, mixing halfway. Check to see if they are crispy starting at the 20-minute mark and keep a close eye until done.
  • Serve your jackfruit carnitas on their own or in homemade corn tortillas with guacamole, diced onions, sliced jalapeños, hot sauce, lime wedges, cilantro, etc.



  • You will need approximately ¼ of a medium-large jackfruit to get 2 lbs.
  • Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
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  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.1g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 554.7mg | Potassium: 486.7mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 19.6g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 29.6mg | Calcium: 45.1mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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