Instant Pot Carnitas


If you are a meat lover don’t miss this recipe! Soft and juicy pork meat topped with spices and sauces for a mouthwatering snack or a fun dinner with friends.

Add all your favorite spices and some raw veggies too, if you like a touch of freshness. You can also prepare this recipe using beef or chicken.

Instant Pot Carnitas
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Carnitas, parmesan cheese, pork
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 51 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 1 minute
Servings: 6
  • lb pork shoulder
  • ½ cup water
  • 10 wheat tortillas toasted
  • 3 green chilies chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Guacamole sauce to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • Rub your pork meat with chili powder, garlic and paprika.
  • Pour olive oil into your Instant Pot and press “Sauté”.
  • Add your meat and cook for 3 minutes, until it browns on both sides.
  • Add green chilies and water.
  • Cook at high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Quickly release the steam.
  • Shred your meat with a fork and mash green chilies.
  • Press “Sauté” again and cook for another 3 minutes, so that meat becomes crispy.
  • Fill your tortillas with pork meat and add Guacamole sauce and Parmesan cheese to taste.
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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Carnitas

    1. You can cook pork from frozen, but I would not recommend it. The pork will not brown if it is frozen. If you do choose to cook from frozen, you will want to increase cook time to 1.5 hours to make sure it is fully cooked and shreds easily.

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