Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas

Briana

Briana

Last updated on August 27th, 2019

Looking for a quick, healthy and delicious dinner?  Look no further than this pressure cooker pork carnitas recipe! These pork carnitas will be on the table in less than an hour, and they’re tender, juicy and full of flavor. Having delicious and healthy dinners like pressure cooker pork carnitas will make everyone happy.
 

Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas with grilled vegetables in cast iron

Here's What You Need For Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas:

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of pork butt or shoulder
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, or bacon fat divided (for browning the meat) 
  • Juice of 3 limes (6 tbsp) 
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 -3 bay leaves

Seasoning Mix:

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Recipe Notes:

We know that carnitas are one of the most famous dishes of Mexican cuisine, and we think it’s worth noting that this recipe has been modified to fit a keto diet. There are tons of versions of this delicious dish floating around, and we don’t claim that this recipe is super authentic. We just try our best to make things at home at are super delicious that we want to eat over and over again.  The best carnitas are always found at your local family run taqueria! 😉 
 
We originally shot this recipe back in July of 2018, before we were proud owners of an Instant Pot, and Zulay Kitchen Heavy Duty Citrus Squeezer! You can certainly just use your hands to squeeze the limes, and use a stovetop pressure cooker to prepare the carnitas, but we honestly swear by these tools now. We love the Instant Pot because it frees up space on your stove, and you can brown the meat in there before pressure cooking. So simple! Our citrus squeezer is soooo heavy duty and amazing. All Zulay products have a lifetime guarantee as well, so if the product breaks for some reason (it won’t) don’t worry, because they will send you another product free of charge. 
 

Tools:

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Here's How To Make Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas:

Cut pork into about 3 inch sections. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, blend all of your spices together. Sprinkle your spice mixture over the pork and mix it so everything is covered.
Rough chop your garlic, and jalapeños. Leave the seeds in if you like things spicy, take them out if you don’t. Heat your cooking oil or bacon fat over medium heat, add the garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds, then add in the jalapeños. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
Next, add in your pork. Cook the meat until browned, but not all the way cooked through.
Next, add in your lime juice, chicken broth and bay leaves. 
Now, it’s time to pressure cook. You will want your Instant pot to come to pressure and then pressure cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. After time is up, carefully release pressure and add meat to a bowl to shred. Shred with two forks. Add in the juices that the meat was cooking in to keep the meat juicy, tender and flavorful.
Now, add your shredded pork to a cast iron skillet. Drizzle some of the cooking liquid over the top to keep the meat from getting too dry. 
Now, set your oven broiler setting to high, and let the meat crisp up under there. You will want to use some tongs to mix up the meat to be sure that all of it gets some nice crispy edges. Repeat until desired texture is reached!  Serve with some creamy guacamole, grilled vegetables, avocado lime crema, make low carb tacos and more! 
Please let us know if you guys give this recipe a try! We’ll keep the recipes coming. 

Until next time,
Briana & Chamere
Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Looking for a quick, healthy and delicious dinner? Look no further than this pressure cooker pork carnitas recipe! These pork carnitas will be on the table in less than an hour, and they’re tender, juicy and full of flavor. Having delicious and healthy dinners like pressure cooker pork carnitas will make everyone happy. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dinner, gluten free, healthy, keto, low carb, paleo, whole 30
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 576 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds pork butt or shoulder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil (avocado oil, bacon fat, or cooking oil of choice)
  • 6 tbsp lime juice (the juice of 3 limes)
  • 1 whole jalapeño
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 whole bay leaves
Seasonings
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. 1. Cut pork into about 3 inch sections. Set aside.

    2. In a separate bowl, blend all of your spices together.

    3. Sprinkle your spice mixture over the pork and mix it so everything is covered.

    4. Rough chop your garlic, and jalapeños. Leave the seeds in if you like things spicy, take them out if you don’t.

    5. Heat your cooking oil over medium heat, add the garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds, then add in the jalapeños. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes.

    6. Next, add in your pork. Cook the meat until browned, but not all the way cooked through.

    7. Next, add in your lime juice, chicken broth and bay leaves.

    8. Now pressure cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.

    9. After time is up, carefully release pressure and add meat to a bowl to shred.

    10. Shred with two forks. Add in the juices that the meat was cooking in to keep the meat juicy, tender and flavorful. Add the meat to a cast iron skillet.

    11. Put under the broil under high heat to crisp up. Use tongs to mix up the meat and return to under the broiler. Repeat until desired consistency is reached.

    12. Serve!

Recipe Notes

Macros: Makes 8 servings, 576 calories, 2 carbs, 44 grams protein, 42 grams fat. Macros are estimated using MyFitnessPal and are provided as a courtesy. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of macros, as they will vary depending on the brands used. 

 

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