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Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

These Instant Pot pork carnitas are tender pork shoulder cooked seasoned perfectly and bursting with delicious fruit flavor. 
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Wendy


  • Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker


  • 3-4 lbs pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1 tbsp. garlic minced
  • 2 large navel oranges juiced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 bay leaf


  • Cut the pork shoulder into large chunks (about 3").
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn your Instant Pot to saute’
  • Add the pork and brown the chunks in small batches.
  • Peel 4-5 strips of rind off the oranges and off the lime and set to the side. .
  • Juice the oranges and lime and set to the side.
  • Add the onion chunks, citrus juices, fruit peels and spices into the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on high for 60 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes before fully releasing the pressure.
  • Then remove the lid.
  • Discard the bay l;eaves.
  • Turn on the oven broiler to high.
  • Pull the pork into small chunks by shredding apart with forks.
  • Then place the pork in a single layer on a large pan.
  • Spoon some of the broth on top of the pork.
  • Broil for about 4-5 minutes or or until the edges of the pork begin browning.
  • Stir and add a ladle a little bit more broth.
  • Broil an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve as is over Spanish rice and sprinkled with chopped cilantro
  • Enjoy!


If you want to skip broiling your carnitas you can however they will not have the crispy texture. 


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 4mg