Green Jackfruit Carnitas

BY : PUBLISHED : January 18th, 2013 UPDATED: August 17th, 2021

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.


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Green Jackfruit Carnitas

Super simple and totally delicious jackfruit carnitas!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 334 kcal
METHOD Slow Cooker
DIET Vegan


  • 40 ounces of young green jackfruit (in water)
  • 4 ounces of fire-roasted, diced green chile
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups of veggie broth (I used a 'no-beef' version for this.)
  • 1 Tablespoon of canola or other light oil
  • salt to taste


  • Drain and rinse jackfruit.
  • Place all ingredients except salt into a slow cooker. Stir.
  • 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.
  • Jackfruit will have become tender. To shred it further, use two forks to pull pieces apart. Taste for salt.
  • 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!
  • 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.


Calories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 504mgPotassium: 421mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 236IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 2mg
Keyword carnitas, cumin, garlic, gf, gluten free, glutenfree, green chile, jackfruit, onion, taco
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