Instant Pot Carnitas

This recipe for Instant Pot carnitas are easy to prep and even easier to cook- just let the pressure cooker do all the work!

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Ever since I made these tacos, I’ve been dying to make pork carnitas. This recipe couldn’t be easier! It takes about 10 minutes to prep (most of that is cutting the pork up), about an hour in the Instant Pot, and 15 minutes or so in the oven under the broiler. The flavors are perfect, the pork is tender, and those crispy edges are 👌👅.

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The recipe below calls for a 4 pound boneless pork butt or shoulder. I’ve made this recipe a few times now, using a slightly larger piece of meat and it has worked just fine. If the meat is a little larger, I up the seasoning just a tad bit… you know, just in case you can’t find one under 4 1/2 pounds.

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Everything goes in the Instant Pot except for a tablespoon of oil that gets reserved for broiling. You can use any oil that has a high smoke point, I prefer avocado oil. Once the meat is cooked, use a set of tongs to take the pork out and transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle some of the juice over top along with the oil. Place under the broiler, cook until the edges get nice and crisp, about 8 minutes, toss and repeat.

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Pull it out and add a little bit of liquid, toss and serve. Carnitas are best served with homemade tortillas (recipe coming SOON!) and simple toppings like cilantro, red onion, and lime wedges.

If you don’t finish all of the carnitas in one sitting, no worries! They taste great reheated or repurposed. We had them in both quesadillas and baked chimichangas and they were every bit as delicious as they were the first time around.

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If you love ordering carnitas at restaurants, this recipe is for you! The flavor is spot on, each chunk is tender with beautiful crisp edges, and best of all, they’re not fried in a bunch of grease.

Instant Pot Carnitas

This recipe for Instant Pot carnitas are easy to prep and even easier to cook- just let the pressure cooker do all the work!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. canola, vegetable, avocado oil, divided
  • 4lb. boneless pork butt (or shoulder), cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 3/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of oil, cubed pork, chicken broth, halves of onion, garlic, orange juice, lime juice, soy sauce, bay leaves, salt, cumin, oregano, and pepper to the Instant Pot.
  2. Place lid on, and turn Instant Pot on MANUAL mode with high pressure selected for 35 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, allow for the pressure to release naturally, this usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, turn the oven on to broil (high). Open lid to Instant Pot and transfer the pork to a rimmed sheet pan using tongs. Drizzle a 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid over the pork and the remaining tablespoon of oil. Toss to combine.
  5. Place in the oven and broil for 6-8 minutes, toss and return to the oven for an additional 6-8 minutes. If the pork is dry, add another drizzle of cooking liquid over the pork. Serve immediately. Garnish with cilantro, red onion and lime wedges.

* or coconut aminos

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