I got an Instant Pot for Christmas (an electronic pressure cooker). I am super excited about it and I have been making tons of recipes and experimenting. These Pork Carnitas I made for dinner the other night were a huge hit and packed full of flavor so I decided to share them with you.
Instant Pot recipes are a lifesaver and these Pork Carnitas are no exception. So juicy and full of flavor! They will definitely impress your guests & family!Click To Tweet
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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- 3-5 lb. pork roast
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs chili powder
- 1 Tbs ground cumin
- 1 Tbs dried oregano
- 2 Tbs + 2 tsp kosher salt, divided
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 oranges, juiced
- 2 limes, juiced
- corn tortillas, toasted
- Optional Toppings
- black beans
- fresh or pickled jalapeno
- salsa or tomatoes
- lettuce or slaw (this Cabbage Salad would be great)
- a fresh squeeze of lime juice
First, pat your pork roast with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture, rub about 2 Tbs salt over roast and let set out for 30 minutes or so to get to room temperature. Then heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Once it is nice and hot add some olive oil and brown all sides of your roast. This should only take about 1-2 minutes a side. Remove pork from pan and deglaze the pot with your orange juice. To deglaze you want to keep your pot on the stove and keep the heat on quickly pour your orange juice in the pan and start to scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon. Once all of the browned bits are off the pan remove from heat.
Place your pork roast into the Instant Pot with the fat cap up, pour the orange juice (from the deglazed pan) over the roast with the lime juice. Combine all of your spices; chili powder, cumin, oregano, 2 tsp salt, & pepper. Rub them all over the roast. Place your onion and garlic on and around the pork.
Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes. When the time is up turn off and let the pressure release naturally, which will take about 20 minutes. If you are using a slow cooker everything will be the same above except you will put it in your slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
Remove pork from pot and set aside. Turn to saute and reduce the liquid by about half. My Instant Pot has a saute feature if your pressure cooker does not or you are using a slow cooker you will need to reduce your juices on the stove top. While you are reducing the liquid shred your pork and when the juices are ready, combine the pork with the juices. While the pork is warming back up toast your corn tortillas on the stove top. I just heat a small pan over medium to medium-high heat place a tortilla on the pan. When it starts to brown flip and brown the other side. Then assemble your pork carnitas.
The last step is to serve toasted corn tortillas with pork and optional toppings and enjoy!
This might sound like a lot but it really was pretty easy and didn’t take me very long at all. If you don’t take into account the cook time, so only the food prep and assembly, it only took 30 minutes to make, if that.
Don’t keep this unbelievable recipe to yourself share it with your friends and family!