Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

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Indulge in the irresistible flavors of Crispy Pork Carnitas, the ultimate Mexican Pulled Pork that’s tender, juicy, and golden-brown perfection! Embrace the authentic taste of Mexico, without the need for lard. This foolproof recipe guarantees succulent results and boasts a forgiving nature, making it a culinary triumph for all.

Imagine sinking your teeth into warm corn tortillas filled with moist, flavorful pork, complemented by zesty lime, onions, and fragrant cilantro. This mouthwatering combination is a true delight for the senses.

Carnitas, the reigning monarch of taco carts, offer a Mexican twist to the beloved American pulled pork. The ideal Carnitas should exude a luscious, porky richness, reminiscent of a French confit, with delectably crisp edges that elevate the taste to a whole new level. Originating from Michoacán in central Mexico, this renowned dish is a masterpiece in itself.

Thanks to its well-seasoned and fatty nature, the pork maintains its delectable taste for an extended period. Easily store it in the fridge for up to three days before indulging in the final crisping step or freeze for several months, ensuring you can relish its flavors whenever the craving strikes.

Unleash your culinary prowess and savor the magic of Instant Pot Carnitas. Whether you’re hosting a fiesta or seeking a comforting family meal, this recipe promises an unforgettable feast that will have everyone falling in love with the incomparable delight of crispy pulled pork.

Try this wonderful recipe for Pork Carnitas for your next fiesta!!! Serve with Mexican Pickled Carrots, Spanish Rice and Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole. Here are some other good accompaniments for this recipe homemade Classic Mexican Guacamole and Mexican Salsa.


Instant Pot Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

Crispy Pork Carnitas is SO tender and juicy on the inside, while deliciously crisp and golden on the edges!

  • Author: All Recipes
  • Prep Time: :15
  • Release Time: :15
  • Cook Time: 1:00
  • Total Time: 1:30
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Insta Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican



1 (6 pound) pork butt roast

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chile powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste

1 cup orange juice

1 onion, coarsely chopped

4 cloves garlic, diced, or more to taste


  1. Trim excess fat from pork butt; cut pork into 2-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Combine salt, oregano, cumin, black pepper, chile powder, and paprika in a small bowl. Rub pork cubes with spice mixture. Coat seasoned pork cubes lightly in olive oil; transfer to a pressure cooker.

  3. Cover pork cubes with orange juice, onion, and garlic.

  4. Place lid on the pressure cooker and lock; bring to full pressure over medium heat until pork is no longer pink in the center, about 60 minutes. Let pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes.

  5. Remove pork from the pressure cooker and shred meat.

  6. Reheat to crisp.
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