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My Favorite Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Recipe

Pork carnitas is one of the most popular Mexican dishes and is hard to resist with an easy recipe like this!

I’m always on the go and pre-planning meals is not always practical so this recipe allows me to make juicy and tender pork roast with minimal effort. I love this pressure cooker recipe because I can have carnitas tacos ready in just 90 minutes. These carnitas are also delicious in quesadillas, bowls, salads, and burritos!

Juicy and tender pork carnitas on street taco size corn tortillas

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 3-4 pounds boneless pork shoulder trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces Mexican beer
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Season the pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Set the Instant Pot on “Saute”. Heat half the olive oil in the Instant Pot and sear half the pork pieces until evenly brown. Transfer the meat to a bowl and repeat with the remaining oil and pork.
  3. Transfer the remaining cooked pork to a bowl and turn off the Instant Pot.
  4. Pour the beer, orange juice, and lime juice into the Instant Pot.
  5. Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits stuck to the pot.
  6. Stir in the rest of the remaining ingredients and mix well. Return the browned pork and juice to the Instant Pot.
  7. Put the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the vent is sealed. Set the Instant Pot on manual high pressure for 60 minutes.
  8. Once done, turn off the Instant Pot, and let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes. Release the remaining pressure.
  9. Take the lid off the Instant Pot and remove the pork, leaving the liquid in the pot.
  10. Turn the Instant Pot to “Saute” and reduce the liquid for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, shred the meat.
  11. Turn off the Instant Pot and return the shredded meat to the pot. Toss the meat until it is fully coated with the liquid.
  12. Turn on the broiler on the oven to high with the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
  13. Transfer the shredded meat to a baking sheet and evenly spread the pork. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid over the pork.
  14. Broil the pork for 4-5 minutes or until the edges of the meat begin to brown.
  15. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the pork over using a spatula. Broil the meat for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the edges of the meat begin to brown.
  16. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve.

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Published by My Alarcon

My name is My (pronounced “me”) and I am the writer of House of Alarcon. I am a working soccer mom and wife, living in a suburb near Dallas, TX with my wonderful husband of 12 years, our two beautiful children, who are 14 and 10 years of age, and our four fur babies. My daily routine involves working a corporate job where I specialize in the IT industry and project management, taxiing my kids to soccer, and serving the community, all the while being a significant lifeline to my family. Some of my hobbies include home decorating, DIYing, baking, designing shirts, sewing, photography, and crafting.

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