Instant Pot Carnitas
By :Amazon Kitchen
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Votes: 21
Rating: 4.57
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork, Spices
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pounds pork shoulder bone-in
  • 2 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 10 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Corn tortillas for serving
  • Radishes sliced, for serving
  • Pico de Gallo for serving
  • cilantro chopped, for serving
  • Lime wedges for serving
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork, Spices
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pounds pork shoulder bone-in
  • 2 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 10 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Corn tortillas for serving
  • Radishes sliced, for serving
  • Pico de Gallo for serving
  • cilantro chopped, for serving
  • Lime wedges for serving
Votes: 21
Rating: 4.57
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Instructions
  1. Combine spices to make a dry rub, and pat over the pork shoulder.
  2. Set Instant Pot to “Saute”, and sear all sides of the shoulder until browned.
  3. Add soy sauce, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and vegetable stock, and close the lid. Cook on Manual at High Pressure for 90 minutes.
  4. Release steam, and remove lid. Lift pork shoulder onto a plate, remove the bone, and shred meat with two forks.
  5. Serve hot with your favourite fixing like radishes, cilantro, pico de gallo, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Enjoy!
13 replies
  1. brianlarson
    brianlarson says:

    Try broiling with juices poured over for two rounds of 5 minutes stirring and adding more juices each time for some crispiness!

  2. Chemme
    Chemme says:

    First recipe i made with my instantpot. I was skeptical at first but this was a great first introduction. My only recommendation would be that after pork is shredded would be to throw it on a sheet pan under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the tips. Very good flavors and texture

  3. Cigarguy25
    Cigarguy25 says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and the flavors are amazing. I will definatly be making these again.

  4. thesongfactory
    thesongfactory says:

    2 questions:

    1. As another poster asked: “Release steam” means quick release of pressure?

    2: Any advice for using a still-partially-frozen 3.5lb pork shoulder? I remembered i had it too late to fully thaw… 🙁

    Thanks!

  5. Sophia m
    Sophia m says:

    After pressure cooking i shredded it some & then put it in rhe oven at 350 until crispy about 15 or 20 mins.

  6. TLNSongbird
    TLNSongbird says:

    The cut I cooked was a 5lbs pork shoulderblade roast. I cooked it on high for 90min, did a quick release and found the roast was not releasing from the bone and the meat was pink inside still. I returned the roast to the Instant Pot and continued cooking for another 30 minutes and left it to release on its own. Additionally I added two oranges cut into quarters, squeezed and put in the pot rind and all, when I returned the meat to the pot. I had remembered I had used oranges in previous recipes

  7. LuTinaB
    LuTinaB says:

    My first recipe with IP!! Not only was the recipe very easy, even for a newbie such as myself, it turned out amazing!! Definitely will make it again!
    PS. Only con is I wasn’t aware the scent issue with the sealing ring. My stove top pressure cooker seal has never held an odor. Odd this kind does. But I still used it to make rice pudding and happy to say the scent didnt seep into the taste of the pudding. But the ring sure smells! And yes Ive ordered several more rings.

  8. Stoneycottagepot
    Stoneycottagepot says:

    There was no oil called for in the print recipe.
    Im putting it on the meat/seew setting for 15 mins. Too rubbery.

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