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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Recipe

The easiest Instant Pot Carnitas - juicy, quick, and just a few simple ingredients to the perfect weeknight meal. These carnitas are great in tacos, enchiladas, burritos or salads.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carnitas, instant pot meal, Instant Pot pork, instant pot pork carnitas, Pork Carnitas
Servings: 8
Calories: 189kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 3 pounds  boneless pork shoulder (or pork butt roast)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic minced


  • Cut pork into 2" cubes and place in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Toss pork with olive oil, then sprinkle spice mixture overtop and toss again.
  • Place pork in the instant pot, then add orange juice, onion, and garlic.
  • Place lid on instant pot and move vent to SEALING.
  • Cook on MANUAL on HIGH PRESSURE for about 60 minutes until the pork is cooked all the way through.
  • QUICK RELEASE pressure, then remove pork from the Instant Pot with a slotted spoon and shred.



How to make this a freezer meal: Place roast, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, olive oil, orange juice, onion and garlic into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Place freezer bag into freezer and it will last up to 90 days.
When ready to use, dump ingredients from bag into Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup chicken broth or water in with the frozen food. Place the lid on top, move the valve to SEALING, and press the MANUAL button. Set timer for 90-100 minutes (or about 30 minutes per pound of your roast).
Do a NATURAL RELEASE when the timer is done – I even like to let it sit in the Instant Pot for a few hours so that it falls apart so easily. Follow the rest of the instructions as written.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg