Yes, vegan carnitas exist. And they’re delicious

They don't just look like meaty carnitas, they taste like them too.
(Zohra Banon)

Jocelyn Ramirez has been at the forefront of L.A.’s vegan Mexican food movement with Todo Verde, her catering company and Smorgasburg stand. Both are currently on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic; for now, Ramirez hosts online cooking classes in their place.

In April, Ramirez released her first cookbook, “La Vida Verde,” which features one of her most beloved dishes: jackfruit carnitas. It’s perfect for meat lovers and meat-free eaters, and both camps often react with I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-meat glee. They come with a delicious smoky salsa too.

Vegan Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Smoky Salsa de Chipotle

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 3 cups


Last year, Ramirez shared her chilaquiles with us too.

Vegan Chilaquiles

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Vegan Chipotle Crema

Time 10 minutes
Yields Makes about 1 ¼ cups

Charred Salsa Verde

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 4 cups.

Vegan Queso Fresco

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 1 cup

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