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4 lbs Pork Butt or Shoulder
2 Orange
2 Bay Leaf
2 Cinnamon Sticks
6 Garlic Cloves
1 Stemmed Jalapeños
1 Yellow Onion
1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tsp Black Pepper
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Instant Pot Carnitas Made My Way

Posted By Chef Rodney on March 1st, 2018 under Instant Pot

The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It’s a lot of work!

— Ina Garten
  • 45 min
  • Serves 12
  • Easy
  • Recipe Not Reviewed Yet


I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Mexican food is my favorite. I could eat it every day. And one of my favorites is Pork Carnitas. I can have it entrée style with a side of Mexican Rice and Beans, in tacos and even burritos. There’s a little Mexican joint down the street here that makes some of the best Carnitas. Every chance I get I order Carnitas and it’s interesting how there are so many different ways to make it.

This recipe here is super easy to make with a pressure cooker like an Instant Pot. All you need is a few ingredients and about 1 hour and you will have delicious pork carnitas!

For a complete meal don’t forget the Mexican Rice, Pico de Gallo and Guacamole!


If you don’t already have an Instant Pot, you can find one on eBay!


How to Make this Recipe


Cut the pork into medium sized chunks. Rub salt, pepper and cumin into the pork. Place pork in Instant Pot.


Cut oranges in half and juice them into the pot. Place juiced oranges in pot along with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, garlic quartered onion and jalapeno.


Add 1 1/2 Cups of water to the instant pot.


Cook on manual for 35 minutes with natural pressure release for 20 minutes then quick pressure release for the rest.


Place pork on baking sheet and shred using two forks. Broil for approximately 5 minutes.


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