Over the past year or so jackfruit has made its mark on the vegan world. This South Indian fruit is meaty and it shreds nicely, which is why you’ll often see it used in dishes like “pulled pork” sandwiches. And this Vegan Jackfruit Carne Asada.
The last time I had carne asada, a South American staple, was at a Mexican wedding about twelve years ago. It might’ve been the only time, actually. I obviously wasn’t vegan yet, and this meaty dish was intriguing. It’s so simple but also super flavorful. Since that day I’ve noticed it on menus and have come to recognize it as an authentic staple of Mexican food. That’s why I decided to veganize it—and hopefully not ruin its reputation.
Like its meaty counterpart, the key to good Jackfruit Carne Asada is its marinade. So I researched and tested a ton of different mixtures before I came up with one that I really love. It tastes authentic and contains a pretty great balance of Mexican flavors. And when it’s mixed with the jackfruit the whole thing is a wonderful dish that is very versatile and can be used in soups, in wraps and just about anywhere else.
A few recipes this vegan jackfruit carne asada might work well in
- New Mexico Green Chile Stew
- Basic Mexican Tofu Scramble
- Spicy Sausage and Tofu Breakfast Burrito
- Tell Me What You Think
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe if you make it. So drop me a comment below, and be sure to tag @nutfreevegan on social media if you’re posting photos. It’s always super fun to see these dishes out in the wild!
Jackfruit Carne Asada
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chop the peppers
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. liquid aminos
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 2 tsp. ground coriander
- 2 lb. jackfruit pulled apart
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix all ingredients except jackfruit in medium mixing bowl. Add jackfruit and stir to coat. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Drain excess marinade and place jackfruit on medium-sized baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Stir and place back in oven for 1 hour, checking frequently to avoid overcooking.