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Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

the Best Jackfruit carnitas tacos braised in orange juice, then crisped up under the broiler flames before piled up on street style corn tortillas and topped with a divine blood orange salsa. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword jackfruit, Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos, plant based, vegan tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 272kcal
Author Florentina

Ingredients

  • 2 x 16 oz green jackfruit in water - drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 yellow onion - diced
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 splash water + more as needed
  • 1.5 tbsp Mexican seasonings - salt free
  • 1.5 cups orange juice - freshly squeezed
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch sea salt - to taste
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup + more to taste
  • 1 lime - quartered
  • 12 mini corn tortillas - organic, non GMO

Blood Orange Salsa

  • 4 blood oranges
  • 1/2 lemon - juiced
  • 2 scallions - chopped
  • 1 chili pepper (green or red) - chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves - roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch sea salt - to taste

Instructions

  • Heat up a heavy bottom pot over medium flame. Add a a splash of water and saute the onion with a tiny pinch of sea salt until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, Mexican seasonings and the jackfruit. Pour in the orange juice and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low flame for 45 minutes or until the jackfruit is tender.
  • Season to taste with sea salt and remove from heat.
  • Using the back of a fork press down on the jackfruit. It will fall apart and shred into thin pieces. 
  • About 10 minutes before the jackfruit is done remember to preheat the broiler.
  • Find a broiler proof dish/tray and transfer the shredded jackfruit together with all the juices to it in one layer. Drizzle all over the top with the maple syrup then broil for a few minutes until crispy at the edges to your liking.
  • Remove the jackfruit carnitas from the broiler and at this point you can drizzle them with a little olive oil if you must have that rich traditional meaty carnitas flavor.  Omit the oil for WFPB diet.

Prepare the Orange Salsa

  • Use a sharp knife and cut the peel and pit off of the oranges. Slice and dice them into 1/2 inch cubes and transfer to a bowl with the scallions, chili pepper and cilantro leaves. Season to taste with sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Warm up the corn tortillas to your liking then pile them up with the jackfruit carnitas and orange salsa! 

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Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 85.1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.1mg