Jackfruit Carnitas Mexican Bowl

I feel a lot of people have a hard time wrapping their head around enjoying a meal that doesn’t include meat. So here’s a recipe that meat lovers and vegetarians alike will enjoy. Jackfruit is a fruit original from southwest India. When green, the fruit pods are stringy and have very little flavor so recently its been used as a meat replacement in some delicious meals!

We aren’t really big meat eaters ourselves so this recipe quickly became a favorite for meatless days.


Ingredients for the Jackfruit Carnitas

2 cans of green jackfruit (we used Trader Joe’s)

1 medium white onion (sliced)

Juice of 1 orange

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1/2 cup canned sliced jalapeños

5 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Mexican seasoning pack

1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)


In medium high heat pan add oil, jalapeños and onions. Stir until onion is translucent and soft. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

Drain jackfruit very well. *canned jackfruit comes in brine so we rinsed it to make it less salty. But no need to rinse.*

Add jackfruit to the pan along with mexican seasoning, red wine vinegar and orange juice. Stir and let simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until all ingredients are nicely mixed.

Mix in cilantro right before serving.


Ingredients for Cilantro Rice

2 cups rice (we personally like long grain or jasmine rice)

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 large lime

Salt to taste

1 tbsp live oil


Follow cooking directions on rice package for basic white rice.

Once cooked, let rice cool off to room temperature.

Add chopped cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice, olive oil and salt to taste.

Mix all ingredients.

*We love this rice as a side dish to many meals such as grilled meats, tacos, burritos, bean stew and mexican bowls as this one!


*Per title photo, we finished the bowl with tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, lettuce and tortillas. But you can add any ingredients of your liking for a delicious AND meatless meal! Enjoy!


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