Instant Pot Carnitas

Because carnitas tacos could save you from a piggy-apocalypse one day.

(Inside: Just like the mom used to order at the restaurant, these Instant Pot Carnitas are part nostalgia and part delicious af. Let’s rock some shredded pork tacos, friends.)

Here’s the scenario: A zombie apocalypse has happened. But it’s not your “normal” zombie. It’s a piggy-zombie apocalypse.

To save your life and the lives of your loved ones, you have to, and I’m not kidding here, figure out how to make those pork carnitas tacos your mom used to order in the Mexican restaurant when you were a kid.

Enter the Instant Pot Carnitas.

Life-saving tacos of porkiness. Click To Tweet

It’s just a matter of time, you know. And why wouldn’t zombie-apocalypse come from the oinkers? Flu came from birds. Parvo from dogs. And don’t forget about that mad-cow-disease…

And who doesn’t want a traditional, authentic carnitas recipe?

Even if there’s not an apocalypse, maybe these Instant Pot Carnitas would come in handy over the dinner table one evening.

And good news, too, that these Instant Pot Carnitas are not like your typical authentic carnitas recipe that requires hours to make and will be devoured so fast, you’re sad. (True story.)

No, these are so quick to make, you could do them on a busy weeknight when you’ve got kids with homework and nary a zombie-porkalypse in sight.

Alright now, before you get your panties in a twist and wander off, be sure to pin this Instant Pot Carnitas recipe–like your life depended on it. Because one day, it could.

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Instant Pot Carnitas

Instant Pot Carnitas

Just like the mom used to order at the restaurant, these Instant Pot Carnitas are part nostalgia and part delicious af. Let's rock some shredded pork tacos, friends.

Servings 8


  • 2 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 lime
  • 1 small can green chiles
  • 2 tbsp. oil


  1. Set pot to sauté mode. Heat oil.
  2. Mix pepper, salt, chili powder, cumin, chipotle powder. Sprinkle liberally over pork.
  3. Brown pork on all sides in hot oil.
  4. Remove pork and set aside.
  5. In hot pot, add garlic, onion, green chiles and broth. Deglaze pot.
  6. Place pork back into pot. Cover, lock and set to cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Natural release.

  7. Shred pork (I just drop my hand mixer in the pot and let it shred the pork for me), squeeze lime over shredded pork.

  8. If there's still a lot of liquid, you can remove the meat and then turn the instant pot on simmer for about 15 minutes. That will reduce the liquid a little and you can add the pork back to it, before serving.

  9. Party on, friends. Party on.

Party on, dude! Catch you the flip side.

Written by Chantal

Dude. I'm down for the Instant Pot Party like nobody's business. I love and live food. And I do it all under pressure here. You can also see me over at where I adventure with my kids!

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