Did you know that many or our favorite traditional Mexican dishes can be made with a healthier, plant-based ingredient? There are even fantastic substitutions for pork – similar texture, taste, experience, but made from Yaca (or Jackfruit), a large green fruit that can be as large as a watermelon. It’s prickly looking on the outside so it doesn’t look appetizing at first glance, but oh my, is it delicious and nutritious! This mighty fruit helps protect you from cancer, boost your immune system, aids digestion, boosts energy and helps keep your skin and eyes healthy, among many more benefits. And it grows in abundance in many parts of Mexico. Preparing the jackfruit for eating or cooking is very messy and sticky, but nothing a little oil and gloves can’t help with. Or you can buy it prepared in most markets.
You can eat the fruit green or ripened. It’s best to make the carnitas when it’s green because it is less sweet. When the fruit starts to get brown spots and has a fragrant, tropical aroma that is when it is ripe to pick for a delicious flavorful treat.
Here is a simple recipe to make yaca or jackfruit tacos:
This recipe makes 8 tacos
You can use 2 to 3 cups of fresh young jackfruit or two cans of jackfruit in water (no syrup).
2 tsps. Seasoned salt or regular salt
2 tbsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
Prep and cooking:
Combine all your spices together in a small bowl.
Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil and add the jackfruit in the skillet on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes to soften the jackfruit. Add the spices to the jackfruit and mix together. Continue to heat the jackfruit for another 10 – 15 minutes or until the chunks start to fall apart. You can use a fork to start to pull the jackfruit apart and speed up the process. When the edges are crispy yet everything else is tender, you’re ready to make tacos with your favorite toppings! Recipe from @KatEliseVegan
Don’t miss out on the popular, addicting carnita street tacos in this better, healthier, cruelty-free version!