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Easy Instant Pot Carnitas

By : paleopaparazzi 16 Comments

Raise your hand if you love carnitas!! Now raise your hand if you love your Instant Pot pressure cooker!!! Well you’ve come to the right pIace because right now I’m going to spill all my secrets on how I get the most delicious crispy carnitas in no time! Say good bye to waiting hours for your carnitas to slowly cook to perfection. This Instant Pot version will blow you away!

I sorta feel guilty though, because I’ve been loving on this recipe for a while now and I’m just now sharing it with you. Please forgive me for keeping it all to myself until today (face palm). Today is the day I will make all your wildest dreams come true! Ha ha, name that movie and I will come and hand deliver these tacos de carnitas to your doorstep. Well maybe not, but I can give you a cyber high five for being awesome!

Something funny happened when I was cooking the carnitas so I could photograph them. I accidentally used the beef roast I had picked up to also make my barbacoa recipe from The Whole30 Cookbook, doh!!! They still tasted really good, but the meat was much darker and I was quite perplexed lol!. So just in case you can’t find any pork, or you don’t eat pork, know that it’s still delicious if you use a beef roast!

The most amazing thing about this recipe is that you literally just throw everything into the pot, seal it up for 45 minuets, crisp under the broiler and BAM…you’ve got yourself the easiest way ever to deliver dinner to all those mouths you feed! Even if it’s just your own ;) My favorite way to serve these carnitas is to add them to some lettuce cups for an easy whole30 friendly carnitas taco. If you’re not doing a whole30 than I suggest serving them on a grain free Siete tortilla, it’s pure heaven!

Easy Instant Pot Carnitas

Easy Instant Pot Carnitas


  • 3 lbs. pork shoulder roast
  • 1 c. broth
  • 1 large orange, juiced
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp dehydrated onion
  • 1tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Add all ingredients except for the meat into the instant pot and mix well.
  2. Submerge pork shoulder into liquid & spices tossing to combine.
  3. Secure the lid shut and make sure vent is switched up to "sealing".
  4. Press the manual button and cook on high pressure for 45 mins.
  5. Once done you can let the pressure naturally lower or switch the release valve to "venting".
  6. Use 2 forks to shred the meat.
  7. Add shredded meat to a covered baking sheet and spoon on some of the juices left over.
  8. Pop into the oven and broil for 5-6 mins or until crispy.
  9. Once crispy you can add to lettuce cups or to some Siete tortillas and load up with all your favorite taco toppings.
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16 thoughts on “Easy Instant Pot Carnitas”

  1. Great minds think alike! I have a carnitas recipe going up soon too :) Though I still don’t have an instant pot so I’m a little behind the times, haha!! these look amazing. Can’t wait to try your version!

  2. I’m excited to try this! I have felt disappointed in the texture of any roasts I have done in my IP – I’m not sure why! These look great – thanks!

  3. Love the addition of the orange. I will definitely try out this recipe!

  4. I raised my hand twice! Carnitas are definitely one of my top IP recipes right now. I can’t wait to try your version!

  5. I need to try these. I’ve gotten into a rut with 2 different pork shoulder recipes but this one looks like something that I could easily add into my rotation and that my family would love. Will totally be giving it a try!

  6. This looks so beautiful! And it reminds me that I still need to get an instant pot :D I love carnitas!

  7. I’m definitely raising my hand because my love of carnitas definitely knows no bounds! I don’t have an Insta pot yet, but I know this is going to be awesome in my crockpot!

  8. I have yet to try the Siete tortillas but Instant Pot and Carnitas are happening very soon. Our favorite meal night is Taco Tuesday, except it doesn’t always fall on Tuesdays. ;) Can’t wait to try this recipe soon.

  9. Kendra, This is absolutely gorgeous !! I want to take a bite right from my computer screen !!

  10. That seasoning mix! So spot on. Reminds me of lechon asado… yum!!!!

  11. This looks so tasty and delicious! Thanks for providing such a great resource!

  12. This sounds delicious and looks so beautiful on those beautiful tortillas! I love all of the citrus and spices that you used for the carnitas. I’m sure the meat is so perfect after being cooked in the IP. Yum!

  13. These look amazeballs, and guess what? I have radishes and cilantro that needs to be used up in the fridge!

  14. Yum! These look delicious. Love all the fresh toppings!

    1. Thanks so much Becky!

  15. Now if we could make a coconut tortilla on our own that would be the bomb.. Living in Canada we do not have access to many of these prepackaged goodies… so sad but true..
    Once I figure this out I am for sure going to try out your recipe.
    Thank you

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