Trader Joe’s Jicama Wraps – How to Make them Exactly Like Tortillas!

I’ve been on the lookout for this product for a while.  Back in the fall of last year, my coworkers went to a produce trade show (yes, produce trade shows do exist, and yes, it is part of my job to go to them) and saw these being demoed.  They were really excited about them, and claimed that they tasted almost identical to tortillas when cooked on a hot griddle.  Thinking to myself, “there’s no way jicama heated up would even be good, much less as an actual replacement for tortillas,” I remained skeptical of this idea but very curious to try them.  Now that they have finally hit the market, I have gotten my chance.

Now, before we go any further about how to make these better, let’s first back up and go through what this product actually is.  It’s actually incredibly simple, it’s just peeled raw jicamas, sliced very thin, that can be used as tortillas or wraps as a replacement for their carb-filled counterparts.  These clock in at a total of 15 calories for two slices, with 3g total carbs (but 2g fiber). Therefore, these jicama wraps are clearly a healthier alternative to bready tortillas, making this product ideal for low calorie, keto, or the Whole30 diet.  The only ingredient in these are sliced jicama, so no additional preservatives or anything, which is awesome if you avoid preservatives or overly processed foods in your diet. 

Jicamas for sale at the Haggin Oaks Farmers Market, Bakersfield CA,

Jicama is a root vegetable grown traditionally in Mexico, which eventually spread to the Philippines and Southeastern Asia.  It has a brown, papery skin that is typically removed before consuming, which can be coated in food-grade wax if purchased at a normal grocery store (so definitely peel before consuming to remove this).  The inside flesh is white and somewhat starchy, and has the texture of a raw potato combined with an apple (if that sounds at all appetizing).  The flavor is super mild, slightly sweet, slightly starchy, and very refreshing, especially if kept refrigerated eaten cold.  Here in California, it’s often included in fruit cups sold by street vendors along with mango, pineapple, and cucumbers, topped with fresh lime juice and Tajin.  I’ve also had it in salads, and I like to slice it and enjoy as a low-cal snack along with any dips, or with lime juice and Tajin.

Fruit cups sold here in California. The jicama is in the middle, next to the fork!

So, now that we have learned a little bit about our jicama friends, back to using it as a tortilla replacement.  The package indicates to eat these raw, which you can definitely do, however I feel like that leaves you with a crunchier texture that can occasionally snap and break as you work your way down the taco.  This, in my opinion, is less than ideal, and makes the eating experience feel like you’re eating diet food.

The way to really make this feel like a tortilla is by cooking them, as they were shown at the trade show.  To do this, heat a large skillet or saute pan over high heat, and add the jicama wraps to the hot pan with no oil.  As they cook, they will start to steam and may even char a little bit (totally normal, totally fine).  Flip using tongs or a spatula every 30 seconds or so, so both sides have contact with the pan.  As they cook, they will shrink slightly, but become much more tender and pliable.  Cook for about 90 seconds to 2 minutes while flipping occasionally, then add your favorite toppings!  When cooked, they hold together perfectly and honestly replicate tortillas really well.  Even Chris (a big taco fan) said he really liked them and that he would totally buy these again.  If you eat 3 tacos, using these will save about 150 calories and about 25g of carbs from your meal (assuming you would use 3 corn tortillas instead). 

Tacos made with the cooked jicama wraps. They can hold a lot! Fillings are flank steak, poblano peppers, onions, and lime juice. Next time I’ll use a different color plate so you can actually see the wraps!

So, if you are looking for a healthy swap that doesn’t feel like too much of a sacrifice, give these a try, but cook them first!  This post wasn’t sponsored by Trader Joe’s or the jicama company that makes these, so please note that this is just an honest review from a fan!  Hope this helps make your next Taco Tuesday a little bit healthier, but just as much fun!

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16 comments on “Trader Joe’s Jicama Wraps – How to Make them Exactly Like Tortillas!”
  1. Lori A says:

    Thank you for sharing! I loved jicama and it’s delicious cold and the crunch makes it really satisfying and filling. I’m in love!

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    1. aucellc says:

      Same! Glad you enjoyed this post!

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    2. Dawn says:

      I just discovered jicama wraps I bought them at Trader Joe’s after seeing a video on Tik Tok for grilled salmon With a fast salsa made from diced tomato mango avocado and shop cilantro – The juice of one lime and salt (I used features instead of mango ( nothing new under the sun ) and then – I had my first taste of j jicama jicama wraps raw oh my God ! I got them from Trader Joe’s because that is where the woman in the video told me to get them basically no carbs at all and I cannot begin to tell you how amazing the second morale truly was ! Crispy fresh delicious Lee amazing I can’t wait to Figure out what else I can do with a jicama wraps or take them out in general

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      1. Dawn says:

        So sorry I just looked back at my text I was voice texting and obviously Siri didn’t hear me correctly haha ! I meant to say that I used peaches instead of mango I did not do anything to the jicama wraps at all just stuff them with the grilled salmon and salsa they didn’t break they held The fish and salsa they did not get soggy they were Chris delicious truly amazing

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  2. Gary says:

    Just bought TJ’s wraps today and your recipe is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thanks!

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    1. aucellc says:

      This is awesome, glad I could help! Enjoy!

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  3. Teresa says:

    Jicama makes a good French fry too! Trying jicama taco shells tonight so excited to try!

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    1. aucellc says:

      That’s good to know, I’ve never tried making jicama into fries! Enjoy your taco shells!

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  4. Donna Delis says:

    Can they be frozen? In the unopened package?

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    1. aucellc says:

      Hi Donna! I would advise against freezing the jicama wraps, I would imagine that they would get very watery and lose their texture after thawing. If you did try it, let me know how it turned out! I’ve never actually tried to freeze them myself, so I could be wrong!

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      1. Karen Morrow says:

        I make the Fries and my family loves them. To get them tender, I use my PC. I freeze the ones I am not cooking and they did great!

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      2. aucellc says:

        That’s good to know, thanks Karen! I’ll definitely have to try that sometime!

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  5. FiFi Gee says:

    I watched 3 youtube videos answering my initial question: Do these wraps really taste great as tacos? One thing I noticed is that NONE of the creators cooked the wraps. I kept wondering: why isn’t anyone putting these wraps in a pan like an actual tortilla shell? I found your post and you did exactly what I was hoping was possible! I made shrimp tacos with jicama wraps tonight and they were excellent!

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    1. aucellc says:

      So glad this worked out for you! Thanks for giving it a try and letting me know it worked well for you, it’s always nice to hear feedback on my posts!

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