Best Pork Carnitas
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 15
Rating: 4.8
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Course Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 105 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Rub Mixture:
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
Best Pork Carnitas:
  • 2 Oranges cut in half
  • 2 limes cut in half
  • orange juice as needed (or water), Additional
  • 3-4 lb well-marbled pork shoulder or butt cut into ~ 1 lb pieces and left at room temp for 15 minutes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Corn tortillas or flour tortillas for serving
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Toppings (optional)
  • Avocado slices Toppings (optional)
  • Lime wedges Toppings (optional)
Course Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Kid-Friendly, Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 105 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
Rub Mixture:
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
Best Pork Carnitas:
  • 2 Oranges cut in half
  • 2 limes cut in half
  • orange juice as needed (or water), Additional
  • 3-4 lb well-marbled pork shoulder or butt cut into ~ 1 lb pieces and left at room temp for 15 minutes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Corn tortillas or flour tortillas for serving
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Toppings (optional)
  • Avocado slices Toppings (optional)
  • Lime wedges Toppings (optional)
Votes: 15
Rating: 4.8
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Instructions
  1. Squeeze oranges and limes into a small bowl or measuring cup. Add additional orange juice (or water) to make 3/4 cup liquid, reserve rinds.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the Rub Mixture ingredients, then add the pork pieces and coat thoroughly.
  3. Add oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  4. When oil gets hot, brown the pork on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Meat will not be cooked through. Do not crowd the pot--you may have to work in batches. Transfer browned meat to a shallow dish and cover loosely with foil.
  5. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Add orange/lime juice to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  7. Add quartered onion to the pot and lay pork pieces on top of the onion. Place citrus rinds cut-side down on top of the pork. Drop in cinnamon sticks.
  8. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL , then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  9. Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 60 minutes.
  10. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  11. Carefully remove the pork from the pot to a parchment-lined baking sheet and shred. Pour 2/3 cup cooking juice over the meat.
  12. Set the pan under the broiler until tips of pork are browned and slightly crisp, 3-5 minutes.
  13. Serve warm on tortillas with your choice of toppings.
17 replies
  1. Jmfowler
    Jmfowler says:

    Enjoyed with the family. Next time i will cut down on the cinnamon sticks or eliminate all together. The taste was too strong for my liking. But very good overall and easy to do.

  2. Danieef14
    Danieef14 says:

    Overall: very good recipe!
    Changes: I decided to not add the cinnamon sticks- flavor didn’t suffer.

    Next time: only add the rinds of one orange- I could taste it throughout the meat!

  3. Dramamamaj
    Dramamamaj says:

    After 14 years if natriage, I made these carnitas the other night and my husband said it wasbthe best dinner I’vebever made! I doubled the spices, and left out the garlic. Delicious!

  4. JenColvin
    JenColvin says:

    It was good but next time I would not cook it with the rinds as the directions say. I think it made the meat have a bit of a funny after taste that I didn’t like.

  5. Rzajic
    Rzajic says:

    Whatever you do don’t leave the rinds in because the carnitas tastes bitter. Otherwise the recipe is good.

  6. Justingomez1
    Justingomez1 says:

    This is a great recipe. I’ve made it twice now. At the end I lay thr meat oit of a baking sheet and brown them up a bit. Delicious

  7. Bigfunkster
    Bigfunkster says:

    I made this dish minus the Rinds and Cinnimon sticks. Turned out fantastic with great flavor! Family loved it!

  8. jcc123
    jcc123 says:

    This was delicious! I doubled spices. Next time, I’d sub a ground cinnamon for the cinn stick as the stick left no flavor at all. I also read the reviews and only added the rind of half and orange/half lime to avoid bitterness, was fine. Broiled shredded pork bc I love the crispy pieces. Served w pickled red onions, black beans, saffron rice, and crumbled queso blanco, and cilantro. My husband said it was def his fave IP meal!

  9. Sheri88
    Sheri88 says:

    Definitely best ever! Didn’t add cinnamon sticks only because I didn’t have and i added a jalapeno. Came out great!

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