Vegan Carnitas Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Carnitas Recipe

Vegan Carnitas Recipe
Chef Jade_Vegan Carnitas


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8


  • Large pot or Dutch oven
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Fork or potato masher


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans 15 ounces each jackfruit in water, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion, green bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, smoked paprika, dried oregano, ground cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • While the vegetables are simmering, prepare the jackfruit. Remove any seeds or tough parts from the jackfruit and tear it into shreds using a fork or potato masher.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once the vegetables have simmered for 45 minutes, add the jackfruit to the pot and stir to combine. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes, until the jackfruit is tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated.
  • Remove the pot from heat and stir in the lime juice and chopped cilantro.
  • Transfer the jackfruit mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread it out in an even layer.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the jackfruit is crispy and caramelized.
  • Serve the vegan carnitas with your favorite tortillas, avocado, salsa, and other toppings of your choice.


Calories: 165 | Total Fat: 5.7g | Total Carbohydrates: 29g | Dietary Fiber: 4g | Protein: 3g

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