Pork Carnitas Tacos
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Pork shoulder, quick-braised with orange juice and spices in the pressure cooker, and then broiled to crispy perfection, provides the base for our Pork Carnitas Tacos. For a lower carb count, swap lettuce cups for the corn tortillas.
Votes: 11
Rating: 4.36
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Chipotle, Orange Juice, Pork
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Servings
7 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup onion thinly sliced
  • 5 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder boneless, Boston butt, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 14 Corn tortillas 6-inches
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges optional
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Chipotle, Orange Juice, Pork
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Servings
7 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup onion thinly sliced
  • 5 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder boneless, Boston butt, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 14 Corn tortillas 6-inches
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges optional
Votes: 11
Rating: 4.36
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Combine orange juice, onion, chipotle chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic in your Instant Pot. Add pork, tossing to coat.
  2. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to Sealing position. Press Manual; select High Pressure, and use [-] or [+] to choose 29 minutes pressure cooking time. When time is up, turn cooker off. Open the cooker using Natural Pressure Release.
  3. Remove pork from cooker with a slotted spoon; shred with 2 forks to measure 4 3/4 cups meat. Remove and discard any chunks of fat.
  4. Spread pork in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan or broiler pan lined with foil.
  5. Skim fat from cooking liquid in cooker; discard fat. With lid off, press Sauté, and use Adjust to select “More” mode. When cooking liquid comes to a boil, turn cooker off.
  6. Press Sauté, and use Adjust to select “Normal” mode. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring frequently.
  7. Preheat broiler. Drizzle pork with 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Discard remaining cooking liquid, or set aside for serving, if desired. Broil pork 3 to 5 minutes or until pork is browned and edges are crispy, turning pork occasionally.
  8. Heat tortillas in microwave according to package directions. Spoon 1/3 cup shredded pork mixture onto each tortilla. Top each with about 3 tablespoons tomato and about 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
7 replies
  1. widbuyjt
    widbuyjt says:

    The meat was cooked really well. Love the crispy top from broiling. But i felt the flavoring fell short. I planto repeat the method but revamp the flavoring.

  2. HFPFrank
    HFPFrank says:

    Great taste and texture. I added an additional Tsp of Chipotle chili powder and bumped up the salt. Instead of tomatoes, which aren’t in season here, I garnished with pickled red onions and avocado. Delicious!

  3. MyNotes
    MyNotes says:

    Everybody loved it (esp. the kids!)!! We had pickled red onions, tomatoes, coleslaw, Cheese, Avocados… (garnished as desired) with it. Will make it soon again!!

  4. Lizcrump
    Lizcrump says:

    Awesome recipe, but missing some punch. I’ll definitely make it again, but next time I’d like to try orange juice concentrate, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and two minced habanero peppers.

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