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Jackfruit Carnitas With Pickled Red Onions [Vegan]

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Nobody will believe that these carnitas are actually made from a tropical fruit. Jackfruit is sautéed with garlic and then simmered in a spicy sauce, allowing it to absorb all of the flavors. This recipe uses canned jackfruit in syrup, so it ends up sweet and spicy at the same time and then it's topped with tangy quick-pickled red onions. Just remember to let the jackfruit sit overnight — the flavor payoff is worth it.

Jackfruit Carnitas With Pickled Red Onions [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan

Ingredients

For the Jackfruit:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 20-ounce cans jackfruit in syrup, rinsed and shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

For the Pickled Onions:

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns

Preparation

For the Jackfruit:

  1. Add olive oil to a heavy-bottom pan (preferably a cast iron skillet). Heat up the oil on medium.
  2. Add the rinsed and shredded jackfruit and garlic to the pan. Sauté until the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Pour in vegetable broth, lime juice, ketchup, and Sriracha. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add onion powder, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt. Continue to simmer on low, until the majority of the liquid is cooked out. You want the jackfruit to still be moist, and not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Take off the heat and pour into a medium bowl. Cool down to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator overnight. This step is optional, and of course, you can eat it right away, but it tastes better when it has time to marinate.
  6. If you heat up the next day, over medium heat, add about a tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Add the jackfruit. Spread out so it’s one even layer. Without stirring, let it cook for 3-5 minutes, then flip. It’ll brown up/caramelize a bit. Repeat once, after flipping. Take off heat.
  7. Serve in tortillas, top with fresh cilantro and pickled onions, plus anything your heart desires.

For the Pickled Onions:

  1. Add the sliced onions to a medium bowl.
  2. In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, add water, vinegars, agave nectar, salt, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Pour over the onions. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 1 1/2 hours, stirring with tongs every 15 minutes.
  3. Put the onions in a mason jar with a lid. Close tightly and set in the refrigerator until chilled.

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AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Family-friendly vegan dinners and appetizers. I’m Annessia Maillet, one half of vegan recipe and lifestyle blog, Cruelty Free Family. I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where I spend my days peacefully parenting my three kiddos and cooking up vegan grub. I'm Beth DeCarlo. I live in Orlando, Florida, where I co-own Valhalla Bakery, a vegan bakery where I literally get to work as a vegan dessert taste tester. Annessia and I created Cruelty Free Family to share our vegan recipes.


 

 

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18 comments on “Jackfruit Carnitas With Pickled Red Onions [Vegan]”

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Morgan Freed
11 Months Ago

Maria Catherine


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Maria Catherine
26 May 2016

OMG

Glenna Elizabeth McCue-Wigginton
11 Months Ago

Was just in WalMart the other day to notice they are actually selling jackfruit. Surprised the heck out of me because their selection is usually not on the up and up for vegans. Usually have to always go to Publix or Health food store.


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Helene Bar
11 Months Ago

Orah El


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Maria Hurtado
11 Months Ago

Claudia Hurtado Angeles Brauza ❤


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Alicia Land
11 Months Ago

Hillary York Baker


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Lisa Milanes
11 Months Ago

Jenn Beckie Heather


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Jenn Smith
25 May 2016

I'll try this with my can of Jackfruit you have me!

Beatrice Miranda
11 Months Ago

It would be awesome. If only I could find jack fruit! :(


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Laura Harrington
25 May 2016

they sell it at Whole Foods

Richie Chgyphone Phongsavath
25 May 2016

Asian markets are typically the places they carry jackfruit. Do you have an Asian market where you are?

Beatrice Miranda
25 May 2016

Oh wait, thank you. I take that back, I called Sprouts

Beatrice Miranda
25 May 2016

I think I do. I will try both. Thank you guys :)

Halina Kunysz
25 May 2016

Amazon just purchased some

Michelle House Espinoza
26 May 2016

What state do you live in?

Beatrice Miranda
26 May 2016

Southern California

Beatrice Miranda
26 May 2016

Southern California

Michelle House Espinoza
26 May 2016

Beatrice Miranda haha never mind. Texas is too far to drive for jack fruit.



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