Instant Pot Carnitas

Crispy Instant Pot Carnitas. They take only 30 minutes in the instant pot and are super easy to make. They come out so tender and juicy!

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My Crispy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas were such a favorite I decided to try making them in the Instant Pot. They are just as tender and juicy as the slow cooker version and are ready in less than 45 minutes! These pork carnitas are the perfect addition to tacos, burritos, salads and quesadillas.

How to make Carnitas in an Instant Pot

  • Brown the pork: I like to sear the pork in the Instant pot before cooking. It adds so much flavor! Start by adding oil to the bottom of the instant pot. When it’s warmed up add the cubed pork in batches and brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork.
  • Pressure Cook: Cover and cook on HIGH pressure for 30 minutes or until the pork is tender.
  • Shred: Once the pork is done cooking I transfer it to a large rimmed baking sheet. I use two forks to shred the pork then top it with 1/4 cup of the juices from the instant pot.
  • Broil: This is such an important step! I love broiling the pork. It makes it super crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve: Serve immediately with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges if desired!
  • Store: The pork can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. These carnitas also freeze well. Just store in an airtight ziplock bag and reheat in a hot skillet or in the oven or broiler to crisp them up again. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Ways to serve Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

  • Tacos
  • Salads
  • Quesadillas
  • Enchiladas
  • Tamales
  • Nachos
  • Tostadas
  • Over Rice

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What to serve with Carnitas

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Here are more Instant Pot recipes to try!

Crispy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Crispy Instant Pot Carnitas. They take only 30 minutes in the instant pot and are super easy to make. They come out so tender and juicy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 4-5 pound pork shoulder/pork butt trimmed of excess fat and cut into 3 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • cilantro for serving, if desired
  • lime wedges for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. Turn on the SAUTE option on the Instant Pot. Add oil to the bottom of the instant pot. When it's warmed up add the cubed pork in batches and brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork. When you are all done select CANCEL.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the instant pot along with the pork. Cover and cook on HIGH pressure for 30 minutes or until the pork is tender. Remove the bay leaves.

  3. Remove the meat from the instant pot and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Using two forks shred the pork. Add 1/4 cup of the juices from the crockpot.

  4. Set broiler to high and broil pork for 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

  5. Serve immediately with cilantro and lime wedges for serving, if desired.

  6. The pork can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 601mg26%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 555IU11%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Instant Pot Carnitas

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