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Easy Vegan Carnitas. Mushrooms marinated in Spicy Smoky Zesty Marinade and Baked. Serve these Mushroom Carnitas with toppings in tacos, wraps, burritos. Use Jackfruit for variation. Glutenfree Nutfree Oilfree Recipe. Soyfree option. Jump to Recipe

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Every since I baked jackfruit with sauce for Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches, I’ve fallen in love with crisp caramelized result! Its much easier, no mess, short active time. Just mix everything and bake! I use the same process for these mushroom Carnitas. Sliced mushrooms, sliced onion, spices, herbs, and a flavorful marinade. Just put everything in a bowl, marinate for a bit if possible, spread in a baking dish and bake and done! No oil needed.

The onions caramelize to a juicy sweet spicy state. Mushrooms cook wonderfully and crisp. Bake less or more time depending on your preference. Fill up tacos or wraps, add your favorite toppings like mashed avocado/guacamole, vegan sour cream or salsa and done. Add some smoky black beans or refried beans to the tacos for a hearty meal. You can use the same process with Jackfruit, shredded oyster mushrooms, hearts of palm and shredded seitan.

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What are Carnitas

Carnitas are shredded meats cooked by braising or simmering in fat and marinades or spice blends until tender. The meats are then pulled apart or shredded if not already, and cooked over high heat to crisp.

For Vegan versions, you can use chicken or pork subs, mushrooms, jackfruit etc. These subs dont always need the longer cooking times and that much fat. In this recipe, I use a Spice + orange/cider marinade on the mushrooms + onion and just bake it. The baking caramelizes the onion and browns the mushrooms to a tender-crisp, the marinade thickens and gets concentrated in the onion and mushrooms for a fabulous flavor. You can spray the mixture generously with oil for a more decadent flavor profile.

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Vegan Carnitas. Mushrooms marinated in Spicy Smoky Zesty Marinade, Baked and served with toppings in tacos, wraps, burritos. Use jackfruit for variation. #vegan #Glutenfree #Nutfree #Recipe. Soyfree option #VeganRicha #mushroomcarnitas #veganarnitas

These Mushroom Carnitas need just 1 Bowl, 40 minutes, everyday ingredients and No Oil!

They easy and so flavorful and versatile. Change up the seasoning to use your favorite taco blend, chili blend or other.

Vegan Carnitas Tacos with mushrooms, guacamole and sour cream placed in a speckled plate

Vegan Carnitas with Mushrooms

5 from 24 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 2
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan Gluten-free
Vegan Carnitas. Mushrooms marinated in Spicy Smoky Zesty Marinade, Baked and served with toppings in tacos, wraps, burritos. Use Jackfruit for variation. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Oilfree Recipe. Soyfree option. Makes filling for 4-5 tacos, serves 2.
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Ingredients 
 

  • 1 onion, , thinly sliced (small to medium onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, , finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, , thinly sliced (optional)
  • 12 oz mushrooms, , sliced, (white or combination or white, cremini, portobello)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, or cider(plain cider not vinegar), half of both
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce , or tamari for glutenfree, or coconut aminos for soyfree
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt

Carnitas Spices:

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika, , or use 1 tsp sweet paprika and 1/2 tsp smoked forless heat
  • 1.5  tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp or more chipotle pepper
  • 1 to 2 tsp chili powder blend or use more of the above spices and herbs
  • optional flavors: Add 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning , add 2 tbsp beer

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 deg F (205 C). Line a baking dish with parchment. 
  • Add the sliced onion, garlic, jalapeno, mushrooms to a large bowl. Add the orange juice/cider, lime and soy sauce and toss to mix well. Let it sit to marinate for atleast 10 mins (or chill for an hour).
  • Mix the ground spices in a small bowl and sprinkle on the mushrooms. Add salt if using. Toss well to coat.
  • Drop the mushroom mixture onto parchment lined baking dish. Spread the mixture around so it forms a mostly single layer. Spray oil all over(optional).
  • Bake for 30 mins, then move the mushrooms around so the ones on the edges dont burn.(If the mushrooms or marinade is burning on the edges already, then reduce temp to 350 deg F). Bake for another 5 to 15 mins depending on preferred browning (also depends on the mushrooms used and thickness of the slices).
  • Serve in tacos or wraps or bowls with mashed avocado/guacamole, jalapeno, vegan sour cream, or salsa. Add some cooked beans, or refried beans for added protein. 
    Store refrigerated for upto 4 days. Pictured with mashed avocado+ lime, jalapeno, vegan sour cream.

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Notes

Skillet: You can also cook this in a skillet
Combine everything in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until the mushrooms are starting to crisp on some edges. 
 
Jackfruit: Drain 20 oz can of young jackfruit, rinse then squeeze in a towel to remove excess brine. Shred using fork or knife and add to the bowl. Continue with the recipe. Add more of the carnitas spices if needed. Check at 20 mins and move around. 
 
Soycurls: Soak the soycurls in warm veggie or chikin flavored broth for 10 mins. Squeeze, then shred with a knife. Add to a bowl and proceed with the recipe. Add more of the carnitas spices if needed. 
 
Nutrition is for 1 serve of the mushroom carnitas. Does not include tortillas and toppings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 531mg, Potassium: 831mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1235IU, Vitamin C: 29.9mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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  1. Leah says:

    5 stars
    Made these this week and will be repeating often. Better than any mushroom tacos I’ve ever had, also delicious for leftovers the next day in a mixed bowl. I may try this recipe using soy curls or tofu as well.
    Every recipe you post has so much flavor, and is delicious! Thank you Richa!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Yay! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  2. Sherrie says:

    5 stars
    Used this with jackfruit to make the most awesome pizza. Used pineapple on the pizza to break some of the jalapeño heat as the pizza also had some pickled jalapenos on it. I just wanted to mention that my family loves your Indian recipe book. We have had it for years and have tried so many awesome recipes. I have a lot of vegan recipe books and I think your Indian one is the one we use and enjoy the most

    1. Richa says:

      That’s so awesome!! Thank you for all the love for my Indian kitchen book!!