Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas {Pok Carnitas Slow Cooker Recipe}

This Instant Pot Pork Carnitas are fast, easy, and delicious. Don't have an Instant Pot, use my Crock Pot recipe instead!
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword instant pot pork carnitas, slow cooker pork carnitas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 66kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 lbs. boneless pork shoulder roast cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp dried Mexican Oregano
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice fresh or reconstituted
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Mix together oil, salt, cumin, chile powder and pepper.
  • Coat pork pieces in mixture.
  • Brown in pressure cooker on saute setting or in a pan on the stove.
  • Place meat into Instant Pot or slow cooker.
  • Add in onion, garlic, oregano, cinnamon stick and juices.
  • In a pressure cooker, cover and lock on lid. Use Meat setting allow to come to pressure, auto setting will cook for 35 minutes. Do a 10 minute natural release.
  • In the slow cooker, cover and put on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Shred meat and place on a baking sheet under broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up edges.
  • Reserve juices to pour over meat before serving if desired.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Brown pork. Place it and all ingredients into the slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours until meat is tender and pulls apart easily.




Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg