Jackfruit "Carnitas" Tostadas Recipe: Vegan + Vegetarian
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Jackfruit “Carnitas” Tostadas

19 Jan Jackfruit “Carnitas” Tostadas

Vegan Jackfruit "Carnitas" Tostadas
Serves 8
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
“Carnitas” Ingredients
  1. 2 Cans Green, Young Jackfruit in Water or Brine, Drained.
  2. 2 Tablespoons Ancho Chili Powder
  3. 1/2-1 Teaspoon Ground Chile De Arbol or Cayenne Pepper (depending on desired spice)
  4. 1 Tablespoon Liquid Smoke
  5. 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  6. 2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Crushed with Back of Knife
  7. 1 Bay Leaf
  8. 1 ¾ Cups Orange Juice
  9. 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  10. 1 Tablespoon Vegetable or Grapeseed Oil
  11. 1 Can of Canola Oil Spray
  1. 4 Mashed Avocados mixed with a couple pinches of salt and 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  2. Very Thinly Sliced Red Onions (on a mandolin's lowest setting if possible
  3. Shredded Iceberg Lettuce (optional)
  4. Crumbled Cojita Cheese (optional)
Tostada Shells
  1. 8 corn tortillas + a bottle of vegetable oil for frying OR Store bought tostada shells (both are delicious, the latter is much easier of course)
Make “Pork”
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove the seeds from the jackfruit. Gently shred with your hands and rinse. Pat dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
  3. Toss jackfruit with chili powders, liquid smoke, salt and cumin and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add jackfruit, and cook for about 1 minute until spices start to stick to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour in orange and lime juice, stir to combine, scraping the spices off the pan. Add Bay Leaf and Garlic Cloves. Cook until liquid has reduced. Transfer the mix to a parchment lined baking sheet, spreading it out as much as possible. Spray with cooking spray.
  6. Cook for about 25-35 minutes (stirring up about halfway through )until you start to see some char on some pieces and it has dried out a lot in texture.
Warm Tostadas
  1. Making your own: fry corn tortillas in 350 degree oil until crispy. Drain on paper towels and salt.
  2. If using store bought: heat tostada shells in oven according to package instructions.
Putting it All Together
  1. Spread tortilla with avocado mash, top with carnitas, garnish with onions and crumbled Cojita cheese and shredded lettuce (optional). Serve hot.
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