Vegan Mushroom Carnitas Recipe

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Yes it’s true: Vegan Carnitas are a thing and I swear you won’t believe it’s not chicken! This recipe featuring Chanterelles or Oyster mushrooms is totally legit!

Vegan Mushroom Carnitas

Made on the stove top with all the classic flavors of traditional Mexican carnitas, then quickly caramelized under the broiler flames in the orange gravy for just a couple of minutes until crisp at the edges. 

Freshly squeezed orange juice and Chanterelle or king Oyster mushrooms that shred so beautifully you won’t believe it. You can forget the jackfruit at least for the cooler months when chanterelles are in season. Okay fine, you can use that canned jackfruit here instead too if that’s all you have on hand. 


Orange, garlic, chili, a little cumin and coriander powders for that authentic flavor you expect. Perfect in a brown rice pilaf bowl, mixed with fajitas, roasted potatoes or in street style tacos for Taco Tuesday. 

Topped with a little salsa verde or a drizzle of chimichurri sauce, these carnitas are so good I might even make them for Christmas dinner! 


Why we love these vegan carnitas:

Gluten Free
Super Tasty
Chanterelles <— duhhhh 
Quick & Easy
Bursting with Flavor
Vegan Carnitas Tacos Recipe with Orange Juice and Mushrooms or Jackfruit.

About the Mushrooms

Porcini, king oyster mushrooms and even shiitakes shred very nice as well, so feel free to adapt this recipe with whatever is in season, having a moment and available in your region. Also make sure to try these divine Vegan Scallops made from King Oysters and our fan favorite tzatziki drizzled Gyros

Vegan Carnitas Tacos Recipe with Orange Juice and Mushrooms or Jackfruit.

As always, If you make this recipe remember to snap a photo and tag it with #VeggieSociety on Instagram ~ it always makes my day.
Vegan Carnitas
5 from 2 votes

Vegan Carnitas

Good for you vegan mushroom carnitas made with chanterelle mushrooms, oyster mushrooms ( or green jackfruit) in orange gravy.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes



  • Scrub and rinse all the dirt from the mushrooms really well. Allow them to drain well in a colander afterwards but don’t worry about them being wet, it is ok!
  • Use your hands and shred the chanterelles or oysters into thin strips lengthwise. They should come apart really naturally and easy.
  • Heat up your largest skillet over medium low flame. Add a splash of water or a drizzle of the olive oil together with the diced onion and a pinch of sea salt. Saute until translucent. 
  • Add the shredded mushrooms to the skillet and toss to coat well. Cook together until wilted. Stir in the minced garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, cumin, chili, onion and garlic powders. 
  • Pour in the orange juice and bring everything to a gentle simmer. Cook for a few minutes until reduced by half. Taste and adjust seasonings with more sea salt. 
  • Meanwhile preheat your broiler.
  • Transfer the mushroom carnitas with all the juices to a broiler proof roasting dish and spread in one layer. Drizzle with the maple syrup and broil for 3 to 5 minutes until they start to caramelize at the edges. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. 
  • Serve with a squeeze of lime and sprinkled with the fresh cilantro. 


  • If Chanterelles aren't in season or hard to find just use Porcini, oyster mushrooms and even shiitakes. They all shred very nice as well, so feel free to adapt this recipe to whatever is in season and available in your region.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 1016mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 6.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mushroom carnitas, plant based, Vegan Carnitas
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Florentina

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  1. Made these with shiitakes since I could not find chanterelles and they were absolutely divine. Thank you for sharing this creative recipe for us folks switching to a vegan life. Really lovely flavors and textures.

  2. Made these carnitas with king oyster mushrooms and I must admit this is one of the most delicious things I have cooked in a long long time. The flavor is perfect and the texture is sure to play mind tricks in you. 🤩

  3. Okay, I was a little unsure about this but I am so happy that I tried this recipe!! So, so delicious! The texture is so similar and the instructions were easy to follow. Thank you – I’ll definitely be making these again and again@

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