Green Jackfruit Carnitas

  • Servings : 4-6 servings
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 4:0 h
  • Ready In : 4:5 h

Super simple and totally delicious jackfruit carnitas!


Canned jackfruit can be found at Asian markets. Be sure to select the young, green jackfruit rather than ripe jackfruit in syrup.



  • 2 - 20 oz. cans of young green jackfruit (in water)
  • 1 - 4 oz. can of fire-roasted, diced green chile
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 1/2 C. veggie broth (I used a "no-beef" version for this.)
  • 1 T. canola or other light oil
  • salt to taste



Step 1

Drain and rinse jackfruit.

Step 2

Place all ingredients except salt into a slow cooker. Stir.

Step 3

Allow to cook, covered, on low 4-6 hours. If, after 2/3 of the cooking time, there is still a lot of liquid in the pot, remove lid for the remainder.

Step 4

Jackfruit will have become tender. To shred it further, use two forks to pull pieces apart. Taste for salt.

Step 5

Use for whatever you like! I them jackfruit carnitas simple, in a toasted tortilla, with a slice of avocado and cilantro. They'd also be delicious in tamales or enchiladas!

Step 6

Note: Though I used a slow cooker for this recipe, it can also be prepared on the stove top. Combine all ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot, cover and simmer on low for an hour, stirring often and checking to make sure your jackfruit isn't sticking to the bottom.



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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Julie on January 18, 2013

    I have used jackfruit for barbecue, and always try to keep a few cans in the house. Thanks for another yummy-sounding idea for its use!

  2. posted by Moises on August 3, 2013

    Thanks for the recipe. I bought green jack fruit in a can. Is there a difference between green jack fruit, and young green jack fruit or is it the same?

    • posted by Honor on August 3, 2013

      Yes, green and young are the same. These are the under-ripe fruit. I believe the ripe jackfruit is usually canned in syrup. Thank you!

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