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Pressure Cooker Carnitas

Pressure Cooker Carnitas

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  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Cook 1 hr
  • Ready In 2 hrs includes building and releasing pressure

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Your Instant Pot turns boneless pork roast into tender, flavorful meat you can shred with a fork. During the last few minutes of cooking, heat corn or flour tortillas in a skillet (cast iron works well). Serve carnitas with toppings such as cheese, guacamole, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and sour cream.


  • 1 6 - pound boneless pork butt roast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced


  1. To Make in an Electric Multicooker: Trim fat from pork, then cut pork into 2-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. To Make in an Electric Multicooker: Stir together salt, oregano, cumin, pepper, chili powder, and paprika in a bowl. Toss pork with spice mixture and drizzle lightly with oil. Transfer pork mixture to an electric multicooker and add orange juice, onion, and garlic.
  3. To Make in an Electric Multicooker: Cover, set on High Pressure, and bring up to pressure. Cook 1 hour, then let pressure release naturally, about 20 to 30 minutes. Shred pork in cooker using 2 forks.
  4. To Make in a Slow Cooker: After Step 2, cook, covered, on Low 8 to 10 hours or High 4 to 5 hours. (Leftovers keep up to 3 days, covered and chilled, and up to 1 month frozen.)

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  • "I seared the meat in my Instant Pot prior to setting it on High for 45 minutes. Perfection! The meat was very tender and shredded easily." -- KGORA

Nutrition Facts

(Pressure Cooker Carnitas)

Servings Per Recipe 10, cal. (kcal) 393, Fat, total (g) 12, pro. (g) 62, sodium (mg) 850, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 3, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 5

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