Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

One of my favorite things to eat at a Mexican restaurant is some great slow-cooked carnitas (pork). When done right, it is caramelized so that it has a sweet crunch to it. But until recently, I thought this was something that I would have to go to a restaurant to eat.

Enter Instant Pot Carnitas. This is not a fast recipe. It will take a bit over an hour. You will sauté, pressure cook, and broil the pork before you are done, but it is worth the effort.

One serving suggestion is to serve with beans, rice or Spanish rice, tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and perhaps a cerveza.

Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

Instant Pot Carnitas

Wonderful home-made carnitas. Not quick, but good!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican



  • 2 lbs pork shoulder roast
  • 3/8 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3/8 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregeno
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium jalipeno diced
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a mixing bowl mix chicken broth, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, oregano, cumin, paprika
  • Dice onions, I like using the Pampered Chef food chopper to dice onions.
  • Mince the garlic or crush with a garlic press
  • Mince jalapeno
  • Salt and pepper pork to taste
  • Cut pork into smaller pieces to cook faster
  • Set the Instant Pot for sauté
  • Add 1 tbsp oil to Instant Pot, and part of the pork, brown the pork 2 minutes per side and remove
  • Repeat with the rest of the pork, add the onions and garlic with the second batch of pork
  • Return the rest of the pork to the Instant Pot, pour in the liquid, add 1/2 cup of water
  • Add the lid, set the steam release to sealing, and program the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 30 minutes
  • Let the Instant Pot do a natural release for 20 minutes and then do a quick release if needed.
  • Shred the pork with 2 forks into small pieces
  • Place the pork on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil
  • Drizzle some of the liquid (1/4 cup) from the Instant Pot over the pork and broil in the oven for 5 minutes 10 inches under the broiler
  • Remove from the oven, drizzle over more of the liquid, toss the meat and return to the oven. You can do this twice or repeat until the meat carmelizes


One serving suggestion is to serve with beans, rice or Spanish rice, sour cream, tortillas, shredded cheese, salsa and guacamole.
Keyword meat, pork

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Author: chris2x

One man's view of life in Silicon Valley from Chris Christensen - a podcaster, blogger, programmer, entrepreneur

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