Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

Prep Time 5 minutes Prep Time
Cook Time 10 minutes Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time


(4 servings)

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can jackfruit (20 ounces) in water or brine
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (depending on how spicy you like it!)
  • olive oil and salt, as needed
  • for serving: tortillas, beans, cabbage, radishes, cilantro, limes, whatever taco toppings you love!


  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the thinly sliced onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, until softened and lightly caramelized.
  2. Meanwhile, shred the jackfruit (if yours doesn’t come already shredded) – it should pull apart easily into shreds that look like pulled chicken. If there are any round knobby pieces in there, or any of the core that doesn’t shred the same way, they’re totally fine. The texture and flavor are no different, and you won’t notice them once everything’s cooked.
  3. Add the jackfruit, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, and chipolte peppers to the pan. Stir to evenly distribute the spices and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until the jackfruit is slightly crisped on the edges. Season with salt, to taste.
  4. Serve with all your favorite taco toppings – make sure to include some beans in your tacos for protein; even though jackfruit looks a lot like meat, it only has a tiny bit of protein!


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