Simple Jackfruit Carnitas
You may or may not have heard of one of the latest crazes in the vegan world – Jackfruit. Jackfruit is this enormous fruit that grows in Sri Lanka & India. It’s grown to be an extremely popular meat substitute because it takes on the consistency of pulled pork or shredded beef when cooked. It tastes SO much better than that, btw. 😉
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A while ago, I was looking through one of my favorite vegan youtube channels – The Raw Boy – and I found a simple template for creating a carnitas substitute. My modification of his recipe is listed below – and it is so delicious! I piled it onto corn tortillas and added some pico de gallo, cilantro crema, arugula, and avocado. I have also used this specific recipe for a tamale filling, nacho topping, burritos, etc. Do whatever you’d like with it and, of course, make your own modifications if you want.
I realized that cooking jackfruit with a nut butter adds moisture and depth to the flavor. Once it is cooked, it creates the perfect texture and you can barely taste the flavor of the peanut butter itself.
- 1 can jackfruit, strained – Native Brand jackfruit works perfectly
- 3 tbsp peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
- 3 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
- 1 tsp
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne (modify for your preference – I like “medium” spicy)
- 1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro stalks, minced
- 1 cup kale, packed (optional)
- 1 tbsp oil
You will need a food processor / blender for this recipe. This is the one I have. It’s cheaper than most and it does the job perfectly!
- Prepare your onion & cilantro stalks.
- Layer your blender / processor in this order:
- jackfruit, peanut butter, kale, liquid aminos, spices, onion, cilantro
- Lightly pulse everything together. You want the jackfruit to be chopped, but you don’t want it too thin and creamy (you don’t want it to be like tuna salad).
- The kale may not be chopped completely – this is based on your preference. I still had a few bigger leaves in mine. You may have to push down ingredients within your food processor to make sure everything gets a little chopped.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- Once heated, add all of the jackfruit mixture. Make sure it is evened out in the pan.
- Cook for 20 minutes – stirring and moving around every 3-5 minutes. This will cook brown the jackfruit evenly.
- Once it’s all done, taste it, add some more spice if you’d like (or even some lime!), serve, and enjoy!