Instant Pot Carnitas
The authentic taste of Mexican carnitas with incredibly juicy pulled pork and golden crispy edges.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 24 tacos
- 8 lbs pork shoulder cut into 4 pieces
- 6 tbsps coarse salt
- 2 tsps ground black pepper
- 2 tbsps chili powder
- 2 tsps ground cumin
- 4 tbsps dried oregano
- 2 cups yellow onion chopped
- 2 tbsps garlic minced
- 4 navel oranges cut in half
- 2 lime(s) cut in half
- 1 can ginger ale 12 oz, may substitute 1 1/2 cups of lemon, lime, orange, or apple juice
- 4 sticks cinnamon
- 4 whole bay leaves
Place the pork shoulder into the Instant Pot.
Spread all ingredients over the top of the pork shoulder.
Squeeze juice from the oranges and limes over the pork before placing the rinds into the pot.
Pour the can of ginger ale over the pork shoulder.
Cook on high pressure for 100 minutes.
Once the Instant Pot has completed cooking, use the natural pressure release NPR method. I usually let it NPR for 25 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
Ensure that all the pressure has been released before opening the pot.
Carefully remove the pork from the Instant Pot and discard the remaining liquid.
Place on a cutting board and shred.
For crispy edges, brown your shredded pork in a skillet for a few minutes before serving.
You now have delicious pork carnitas. Enjoy!
Serving: 1taco | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1828mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5.6% | Vitamin C: 21% | Calcium: 5.4% | Iron: 10.4%