Instant Pot Recipe: Pork Carnitas, Packed Full of Flavor

Instant Pot Recipe: Pork Carnitas, Packed Full of Flavor

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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You do not have to own an Instant Pot to make this recipe or any other pressure cooker. Having one just makes it nice and the pork cooks much quicker. I have included instructions on how to use a slow cooker as well.

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
    • cilantro
    • black beans
    • avocado
    • 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.


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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas, simply done and full of flavor.


Instant Pot Pork Carnitas, simply done and full of flavor.


  • Andrea says:

    So trying this! I have just been tiptoeing into using my Instant Pot/Christmas gift! This sounds yummy 🙂

    • admin says:

      😀 I’m so happy you got one too! Once you get more used to it I bet you will use it more. There are still things that I’m not used to yet and I wonder is it working. Like I made a soup last night and it took forever to build the pressure I was afraid I had done something wrong. I just needed to be a little more patient. Some things seem to take longer than others. I hope you enjoy your Instant Pot and the Pork Carnitas!

  • Oh yummy, pork carnitas is a favorite of mine! My recipe is a little different so I’m going to have some fun and do a bit of experimenting. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      😀 You are welcome. Hopefully, you can marry the two recipes well and have fun trying.

  • Never heard of this recipe- maybe hasn’t made it to Australia. I have just started to eat prok again so tucking it away. Looks delicious

  • Something I can share with my friends and surely a delightful dish. Great visuals and details. Thanks!

  • Instant pot is a total life saver! Need to try this recipe!!

  • Mikki says:

    Looks like a great dinner idea.

    • Summer says:

      Thanks, Mikki, it really was great and is requested often. Which I don’t mind because it is tasty and doesn’t require a lot of time on my behalf.

  • Kelly says:

    I love my InstantPot. Can’t wait to try this!

  • I’m still astounded by the whole instant pot thing. I don’t have one myself, so these super-quick recipes are mind-blowing!

    • Summer says:

      😀 They were on a pretty good sale just before Christmas on Amazon, it was a great investment. This recipe works great in a slow cooker too though.

  • Emily says:

    These sound so good!! Super easy too!

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