Savory and tender pork carnitas.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
6 -pound pork butt
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

  • Place lid on 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.

  • Remove pork from pressure cooker and shred meat.

Nutrition Facts

154 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 2.4g; fat 10.6g; cholesterol 42.7mg; sodium 470.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2016
Excellent! I scaled the spices for a 2-1/2 lb. roast and added 1 tsp. coriander per a friend's recommendation. The seasonings were spot on! I have an electric pressure cooker, The Instant Pot and I seared the meat in the pot prior to setting on high pressure for 45 minutes. Perfection! The meat was very tender and shredded easily. I decided to place the shredded meat in a frying pan with some hot lard to crisp it up just a bit before adding to flour tortillas with a few toppings. Loved the flavor and ease of this recipe! And loved how quick the pressure cooker was at tenderizing the meat. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/22/2018
The spices were great but got lost in the juices created during pressure cooking. A cup of orange juice is to much liquid. I have a instant pot which allowed me to sauté the meet prior to pressure cooking. I set the timer for 1 hour on the manual setting and allowed to to naturally release pressure. I would recommend draining the liquid adding additional seasoning then sautéing the meet for added flavor. Read More
(16)
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  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2016
Excellent! I scaled the spices for a 2-1/2 lb. roast and added 1 tsp. coriander per a friend's recommendation. The seasonings were spot on! I have an electric pressure cooker, The Instant Pot and I seared the meat in the pot prior to setting on high pressure for 45 minutes. Perfection! The meat was very tender and shredded easily. I decided to place the shredded meat in a frying pan with some hot lard to crisp it up just a bit before adding to flour tortillas with a few toppings. Loved the flavor and ease of this recipe! And loved how quick the pressure cooker was at tenderizing the meat. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2016
Can I give this 10 stars instead??? This was my 1st ever attempt at carnitas, but I have always wanted to try them. It was just my husband & I to eat them so I quartered a 5 lb Boston butt and adjusted the spices. I did add ground coriander as others suggested. And I used Mexican oregano (just because I had it on hand). I upped the orange juice to a cup (was afraid it wouldn't be enough liquid), I didn't think about the juices fromy the roast. I put it in my Instant Pot for 40 minutes with a NPR. WONDERFUL!! I served it shredded on a corn tortillas with diced onion & cilantro. JUST LIKE A MEXICAN FOOD TRUCK!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2016
Holy Cow! This was great and so easy! This was my first meal made with my Instant Pot. I have to admit I was scared of the thing, but I had this big pork roast sitting on the counter and the guys were coming home in an hour so I surged ahead. Instead of cubing the meat I just sliced it up into 2 inch slabs, rubbed on the spices, jammed them in the pot, poured over the rest of the ingredients, followed the IP directions (I set it for 55 minutes). The meat shredded itself. So tasty - even better than doing in the slow cooker. So impressed - I will be making this recipe again and again! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2017
My review keeps getting entered before I'm finished. This was EXCELLENT. First time making carnitas and first time using my instant pot. I marinated the pork cubes in the orange juice and spices overnight in the fridge in a gallon ziploc bag. I put the pork in the pot, 1 cup of lime juice on top because I needed more liquid and that's what I had- plus I knew the flavor a would work well- then I added the onion and garlic on top and set my pot for 45 minutes. Mine does not have high or low pressure settings. It also doesn't have a NPR setting so I just closed the steam vent before starting and waited for the float valve to sink down. (Took about 20 minutes.) The pork was ridiculously moist and flavorful. I made a spicy radish cilantro salsa to go on top and some paleo tortillas (made with plantains and tapioca starch) I make a lot of different recipes from apps, cooking sites and cookbooks, and a lot of them are really good, but this is one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. Thank you for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2016
This was fantastic! The pork was fall apart tender and the most moist pork shoulder I have ever had. I made the spice blend as is with the addition of 1-1/2 tsp. of ground coriander and only 1 tbsp. of salt. I let the spice rub sit on the pork for about 15 minutes, set the pressure cooker to brown and seared the pork in batches to get a nice crust. I then added all the pork into the pressure cooker with the onions, garlic and orange juice. I set the pressure cooker for 40 minutes and was glad I did because the pork was perfectly cooked at 40 minutes. I served the carnitas with homemade pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, sour cream, & a squeeze of lime. I will definitely be making this again in the future! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
Amazing ! Had a 3 lb roast so pulled back on the spices a little bit (but not half). Cooked for 45 in Instant Pot -- the best carnitas I've ever had. Tip: Fry up your shredded meat in a pan after cooking - gives you crispy bits and tender bits in every bite. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2018
The spices were great but got lost in the juices created during pressure cooking. A cup of orange juice is to much liquid. I have a instant pot which allowed me to sauté the meet prior to pressure cooking. I set the timer for 1 hour on the manual setting and allowed to to naturally release pressure. I would recommend draining the liquid adding additional seasoning then sautéing the meet for added flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
I used a bone-in pork shoulder, trimmed the fat, removed the bone, and cut into large cubes. I doubled the recipe and wish I wouldn't have doubled the salt. It was almost too much. Luckily the rice and beans helped negate some of the saltiness. The first night, we made burritos. We had so much left over that we made burrito bowls for freezer meals/lunch. I made this in my Instant Pot. I used the manual setting for 40 minutes with 10 minutes NPR. It was absolutely fall-apart tender and delicious. I will definitely make it again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2016
Gulp...used my pressure cooker. (Why am I so nervous about that thing?). Excellent recipe. Added coriander per other reviews and a bit of chipotle pepper more garlic.. Tender. Juicy and very flavorful. Read More
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