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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.