Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Jackfruit Carnitas

Welcome!  Please come in, pull up a chair and stay for awhile.  I promise I won't bite.... well ok I don't bite most people.  I am participating in the second virtual vegan potluck and boy have I made a treat for us tonight.   I'm a little nervous about serving so many people, but this sounded like a CAN'T BE MISSED event.

Tonight I'm serving Jackfruit Carnitas.  What is Jackfruit you ask? Well ask no longer, because you are about to experience them.  Not to long ago I was in the same boat.  Truth be told I never heard of Jackfruit until I became vegan.  Here is the wikipedia description of Jackfruit.  It seems like there are many uses for them.  I've never seen a fresh one as I use the young canned jackfruit but doesn't this picture look insane.

Insane Jackfruit

The first time I had Jackfruit was at the now closed restaurant Pure Luck.  Out of this world fantastic. I couldn't believe how good their Jackfruit Torta was.  You can only imagine my delight when I found their recipe online.  I knew I'd be making it for a special occasion to share with friends.

Jackfruit Carnitas


1 small onion, diced
2 clove garlic, crushed
5ml (1 teaspoon) Better Than Bouillon. (This is enough to make ~1.5 liters of vegetable broth, so if you use a different brand, use their directions to determine the equivalent amount.)

1 20 oz can of Jackfruit in brine, drained (make sure you get the Jackfruit in brine or water.  You don't want the ripe one in syrup whole different ballgame that one.)
2 Tablespoons Mexican Coke or 2 teaspoons sugar  (I used sugar)


Place a pan on medium heat. Add oil, onion, garlic, and bouillon. Stir until onions are clear and bouillon is dissolved. Add jackfruit and sugar and stir occasionally to break up the jackfruit. I know it's hard not to stir a lot but remember you want the jackfruit to carmalize.  It will be ready when the liquid is dissolved and the jackfruit darkens and starts to look like shredded meat. 

I want to thank Jessica of Clean Green Simple for posting up the Jackfruit recipe along with her Clean Green version.

Cooking down

These carnitas would be great in many dishes.  A torta, with beans, over rice but for tonight we are having tacos.

Sadly my camera stopped working so I didn't get a photo of the finished plate.  I hope you enjoy your carnitas.  I sure did.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Now scoot, it's time to go taste your next amazing dish over at Canned Time.  If you missed the dish before mine Vegan 404 (filet not found) is where to go.

If you'd like to start at the beginning of the potluck please visit Vegan Bloggers Unite.  And of course a special thanks to Annie at An Unrefined Vegan whose passion, hard work and sweat have made this wonderful evening possible.

Vegan 404 (filet not found)
Canned Time


Vegan Bloggers Unite


  1. This is just awesome, Awesome, AWESOME! I can even get Mexican Cokes at a local store if I want to use that variation in the recipe. I cannot wait to try this!

  2. I've never even heard of Jackfruit, thank you for sharing.

  3. It's amazing how much that looks like carnitas! Still hoping to find a can of this jack fruit stuff! Thank you for coming to the Potluck!

  4. Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey :-)

  5. I don't think I've ever seen jackfruit in the store, but this dish looks so good, I'll have to keep my eye open for it!

  6. I loved jackfruit when I was travelling in Asia, but sadly can't get it anywhere here!

  7. Those look yum. Jackfruit is a complete mystery to me - I'm not even sure they sell it over here. What's the texture like?

  8. Yay, jackfruit! I love what a magician that one is! I've had jackfruit a number of times in restaurants in LA, Kansas City, and Madison. I wish more places used it. It's wonderful! I made jackfruit carnitas at home once when I was testing for Vegan Eats World, and it was great. Your version looks mighty tasty too!

  9. Girl this looks delicious! I had a jackfruit failure at my house, not sure what I did wrong, this is prompting me to give it another go. Yes for jackfruit carnitas! xx

  10. Awesome! I've had jackfruit carnitas at a vegan restaurant before and really enjoyed them, but I'd never thought about how to prepare them from scratch! Thanks so much for the tutorial! :)

  11. I've had jackfruit bbq sandwiches from Vegan Van here in Denver and I've been wanting to try a recipe with it. Unfortunately I have yet to find it in any store :(

  12. Jack fruit is sold at Asian grocery stores and via online. I worked for a Thai importer for years, we sold a lot of it!

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  13. I got mine at the local India store.

  14. I must jump on the jackfruit wagon. Great recipe. Even without the final pic I can tell how delicious it is. I'm glad you don't bite ...most people. Surprised I didn't discover your blog during MoFo. Glad I did now.

  15. Your secrets are requested ... the one lovely blogger award ;)