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Instant Pot Carnitas

Instant Pot Carnitas

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Discover the joy of hassle-free cooking with Instant Pot Carnitas. Succulent pork, bold spices, and minimal effort create a mouthwatering experience.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Begin by seasoning the pork chunks generously with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and chili powder.
  2. Set your Instant Pot to the sauté function and heat a drizzle of oil. Sear the seasoned pork until golden brown on all sides.
  3. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, orange juice, and lime juice to the Instant Pot. Stir to combine, ensuring that the pork is coated in the flavorful liquids.
  4. Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and set the valve to the sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. Using two forks, shred the pork into bite-sized pieces directly in the Instant Pot.
  7. Serve the carnitas hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and your choice of accompaniments.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 274
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 244 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 33 g
  • Cholesterol: 82 mg