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Easy Instant Pot Carnitas

This Easy Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe makes tender, juicy Mexican pulled pork from a pork shoulder in the pressure cooker. Crisp the shredded pork in the oven and it's Perfect for tacos or burritos!
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
pressure time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 180kcal
Author Dee
Cost $10


  • 6 pound pork shoulder roast (pork butt) cut into 3 large pieces
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 onion cut into chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 1 orange juice of
  • 1 bottle beer use Mexican beer or beer with citrus or fruit notes for best flavor


  • Cut the pork into 3 large chunks
  • Mix the sea salt, garlic powder, pepper, cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder together, and rub into pork
  • Place the seasoned pork into pressure cooker, and add the onion and garlic cloves. Squeeze the orange and lime juice over the pork, and pour the beer into the pot
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker, turn vent to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 90 minutes (display reads 130)
  • When pot beeps, allow 15 minute release, then turn vent knob to release remaining pressure
  • When pin drops, remove lid, and shred pork
  • Place pork on rimmed baking sheet, add some of the cooking liquid, and broil for about 10 minutes or until top is crispy. Add more of the juice over pork before serving


Recipe was made in 8 quart Instant Pot pressure cooker but can be made in a 6 quart if everything fits. 
You can sub any thin liquid for the beer.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg