Instant Pot Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads and more (also great with cilantro lime rice)!

Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads and more (also great with cilantro lime rice)!

Since posting this Instant Pot Chicken and Lentil Soup Recipe a few weeks ago I’m getting tons of requests for more Instant Pot (a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one) recipes so I’m making a commitment to make at least one new recipe a week.
To get to know my machine better, I’m starting with recipes I already know work. I haven’t made my Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Carnitas in a while and they are going on this week’s meal plan so I tested it out and it turned out juicy and tender! This is freezer-friendly
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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads and more (also great with cilantro lime rice)!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds trimmed, boneless pork shoulder blade roast, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  •  6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sazon (I used homemade)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
  •  2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry adobo seasoning (I used Goya)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Season pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Press saute on the instant pot, spray with oil and brown the pork on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork about 1-inch deep, and insert the garlic slivers, you’ll want to do this all over.
  4. Season pork with cumin, sazon, oregano, adobo and garlic powder all over.
  5. Pour chicken broth, add chipotle peppers and stir, add bay leaves and place pork in the Instant Pot, cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting on high pressure for 80 minutes.
  6. When the pressure releases, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumalated at the bottom.
  7. Remove bay leaves and adjust cumin and add adobo and mix well.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 11 servings, Serving Size: 1/2 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 3
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 160 calories
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 69mg
  • Sodium: 397mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 20g
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Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas – perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads and more!
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas – perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads and more!
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas – perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, taco salads and more!
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