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.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 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
    • cumin
    • oregano
    • kosher salt
    • black pepper
    • paprika
  • 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!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare your onion & cilantro stalks.
  2. Layer your blender / processor in this order:
    • jackfruit, peanut butter, kale, liquid aminos, spices, onion, cilantro
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5.  Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  6. Once heated, add all of the jackfruit mixture. Make sure it is evened out in the pan.
  7. Cook for 20 minutes – stirring and moving around every 3-5 minutes. This will cook brown the jackfruit evenly.
  8. Once it’s all done, taste it, add some more spice if you’d like (or even some lime!), serve, and enjoy!

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