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Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas

Experience a fiesta of flavors with these Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas! This vegan twist on a classic Mexican dish will have your taste buds dancing and your slow cooker working its magic.

Tasty Team
69% would make again
Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas

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for 6 servings

  • 40 oz jackfruit (1.1 g), 2 cans in brine or water, drained
  • ½ medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup low sodium vegetable broth (120 mL)
  • ½ orange, juiced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • corn tortilla, for serving
  • guacamole, for serving
  • black bean, for serving
  • corn salsa, for serving
  • pico de gallo, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 263
  • Fat 5g
  • Carbs 55g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Protein 1g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Cut each piece of jackfruit in half, then transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, chili powder, cumin, bay leaves, vegetable broth, orange juice, and lime juice. Mix to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Uncover the slow cooker and remove the bay leaves. Using 2 forks, shred the jackfruit until it resembles the consistency of pulled pork.
  6. Transfer the jackfruit to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly crisp.
  7. Serve shredded jackfruit with tortillas, guacamole, black beans, corn salsa, and pico de gallo. The jackfruit will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  8. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas

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