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Instant Pot Carnitas

Instant Pot Carnitas are so easy to make - you'll feel like it's cheating when you taste how good they are. Get them super crispy by broiling right before serving.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Instant Pot
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 5 lb pork shoulder or pork butt trimmed of fat, cut into 3" chunks
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 2 cups low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • ¼ cup Lime Juice
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced


  • Place all ingredients into the Instant Pot and give them a quick stir to combine the spices with the liquid and to lightly coat the meat.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn it to lock it into place. Set the pressure release valve to Sealing, and press "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" ( depending on your model ). Set the timer for 45 minutes.
  • Once the 45 minutes are up, leave the pot to do a Natural Pressure Release for 20 minutes. This means you should just let the pot sit with the keep warm function on ( it turns on automatically once the timer runs out ), for 20 minutes. A timer will count up on the Instant Pot's display so you know how much time has passed. After 20 minutes, carefully release any remaining steam by turning the release valve to Venting, Cancel the "Keep Warm", and open the Instant Pot.
  • Remove the bay leaves and discard them. Shred the meat with two forks directly in the pot. I like to let it rest for 20 minutes so the meat absorbs the cooking juices. You can also store the meat in this juice if you are going to serve it later.
  • Before serving, place the shredded meat in chunks of shreds on a sheet pan with a lip that goes all around it, and broil it on high for 7 to 9 minutes to crisp it up.


Calories: 345kcal