Carnitas - Pressure Cooker


Cook pork shoulder in an Instant Pot for savory and tender pork carnitas.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 (6 pound) pork butt roast

  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, diced, or more to taste


  1. Trim excess fat from pork butt; cut pork into 2-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Combine salt, oregano, cumin, black pepper, chile powder, and paprika in a small bowl. Rub pork cubes with spice mixture. Coat seasoned pork cubes lightly in olive oil; transfer to a pressure cooker. Cover pork cubes with orange juice, onion, and garlic.

  3. Place lid on the pressure cooker and lock; bring to full pressure over medium heat until pork is no longer pink in the center, about 60 minutes. Let pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes.

  4. Remove pork from the pressure cooker and shred meat.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
11g Fat
2g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 211mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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