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Recipes » Main Dish » Jackfruit “Mechada” Stuffed Arepas
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A popular filling is a “carne mechada,” which is a type of shredded beef. Jackfruit is the perfect beef substitute in this traditional dish.

What You'll Need


1 14-ounce can of green jackfruit, drained

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp of ground annatto or turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp plant-based Worcestershire sauce

½ onion, diced

½ red bell pepper, diced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ cup vegetable broth

4 Tbsp tomato sauce

3 small sweet peppers (aji dulce), chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste


1 cup de Tofu Mayonnaise

juice of ½ lemon

2 garlic cloves

½ cup cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


How to Make It


1 In a medium saucepan, add the jackfruit and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Drain.

2 Allow to cool a bit, then shred the jackfruit with your hands, removing any seeds.

3 Place the shredded jackfruit in a bowl with the garlic powder, annatto or turmeric, salt, pepper, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce, and stir well. Allow to marinate for a few minutes.

4 In a skillet over medium heat, add the onions, red bell and sweet peppers, and garlic, along with a few tablespoons of vegetable broth, and cook until the vegetables are softened. Then, add the marinated jackfruit.

5 Sauté for about 5 minutes over medium heat, then add the remaining vegetable broth and the tomato sauce.

6 Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring regularly.


1 Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.

2 Blend well and add a teaspoon of water at a time to achieve a sauce-like texture


1 Warm the arepas in a skillet and cut a slit lengthwise.

2 Fill each arepa with the shredded jackfruit mixture and serve with the Garlic Cilantro Sauce.

Cooking Tips

You can substitute the jackfruit with oyster mushrooms.

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