Low Carb Pork CarnitasThis delicious Low Carb Pork Carnitas recipe is the perfect base to many more tasty meals and is great for expanding your menu into Mexican Cuisine. It is so flavorsome with a mild heat, and you can always add more jalapeno if you like it hotter. This recipe has no sugar added

A pressure cooker is an asset to any kitchen, and we certainly get loads of use out of both our electric and stove-top pressure cookers. Not only do meals cook quicker, but the intense pressure inside forces the flavorsome liquid into whatever you are cooking, resulting in very tender and tasty dishes. We’ve used our electric pressure cooker previously when making our Corned Beef with Low Carb Mustard Sauce.

If you’re a bit of a traditionalist, Gerri prefers to use a stove-top pressure cooker, as she likes to have full control over every dish she prepares. And it’s also an excellent kitchen utensil if you’re into Mexican food to get tough cuts of meat tender quickly.

If you’re after a recipe to accompany your Pork Carnitas try our Mexican Cauliflower Rice or our Low Carb Mexican Peas

This recipe can be cooked in a slow cooker if you prefer to set and forget. After the pork is marinated, place all the ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. It is much quicker to reduce the cooking juices in a sauce pan on the stove top, then follow the remaining instructions as stated.

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Ingredients for Making Your Low Carb Pork Carnitas:

  • 5 pounds of Boneless Pork Shoulder (Butt)
  • 2 tablespoons of Erythritol
  • 1 tablespoon of Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup of Butter
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 2 large Jalapenos
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 Limes, zest, and juice
  • 2 cups of Chicken Stock

Instructions for Making Your Low Carb Pork Carnitas:

  1. Remove any string or netting from the pork. Unroll it and cut deep slits in the meat to ensure even marinating and cooking.
  2. Rub the pork with the cumin, oregano, erythritol, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil and marinate for 24 hours.
  3. Dice the onion, slice the jalapenos and place into the base of your pressure cooker.
  4. Add the butter and garlic and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the lime juice, zest and chicken stock, followed by the marinated pork. Keeping the skin and fat to the top.
  6. Place the lid on your pressure cooker and set the pressure switch to 2. Once steam is beginning to escape, drop the temperature to low and cook the pork for 2 hours.
  7. After 2 hours has passed, turn off the heat and allow your pressure cooker to sit and depressurize for 20 minutes before releasing the lid.
  8. Gently remove the pork from the pressure cooker, it will be very soft and tear apart easily. We recommend using a set of tongs in each hand or a sturdy spider tool to remove it.
  9. Put the pork into a baking tray and shred the meat with the tongs or a pair of forks.
  10. Turn the heat back to high and reduce the cooking juices by two-thirds (2/3). Pour the reduced juices over the shredded pork.
  11. To serve, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non stick pan over medium to high heat. Add the pork to the pan and press down gently. Cook until the pork is as crispy as you desire.
If you want to make a larger batch of Low Carb Pork Carnitas, simply adjust the serving amounts in our easy to use recipe card below. The measurements and ingredients will adjust themselves, and all you have to do is follow the method.

Do you work in the metric measuring system? It’s easy to switch the units from US imperial to metric with the drop down menu on the recipe card below.

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This delicious Low Carb Pork Carnitas recipe is the perfect base to many more tasty meals. It is so flavorsome with a mild heat, and you can always add more jalapeno if you like it hotter.
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15serves 20minutes 2hours 24hours
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15serves 20minutes
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2hours 24hours
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Instructions
  1. Remove any string or netting from the pork. Unroll it and cut deep slits in the meat to ensure even marinating and cooking.
  2. Rub the pork with the cumin, oregano, erythritol, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil and marinate for 24 hours.Low Carb Pork Carnitas
  3. Dice the onion, slice the jalapenos and place into the base of your pressure cooker.
  4. Add the butter and garlic and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.Low Carb Pork Carnitas
  5. Add the lime juice, zest and chicken stock, followed by the marinated pork. Keeping the skin and fat to the top.
  6. Place the lid on your pressure cooker and set the pressure switch to 2. Once steam is beginning to escape, drop the temperature to low and cook the pork for 2 hours.
  7. After 2 hours has passed, turn off the heat and allow your pressure cooker to sit and depressurize for 20 minutes before releasing the lid.
  8. Gently remove the pork from the pressure cooker, it will be very soft and tear apart easily. We recommend using a set of tongs in each hand or a sturdy spyder tool to remove it.
  9. Put the pork into a baking tray and shred the meat with the tongs or a pair of forks.
  10. Turn the heat back to high and reduce the cooking juices by two-thirds (2/3). Pour the reduced juices over the shredded pork.
  11. To serve, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non stick pan over medium to high heat. Add the pork to the pan and press down gently. Cook until the pork is as crispy as you desire.
  1. Remove any string or netting from the pork. Unroll it and cut deep slits in the meat to ensure even marinating and cooking.
  2. Rub the pork with the cumin, oregano, erythritol, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp olive oil and marinate for 24 hours.Low Carb Pork Carnitas
  3. Dice the onion, slice the jalapenos and place into the base of your pressure cooker.
  4. Add the butter and garlic and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.Low Carb Pork Carnitas
  5. Add the lime juice, zest and chicken stock, followed by the marinated pork. Keeping the skin and fat to the top.
  6. Place the lid on your pressure cooker and set the pressure switch to 2. Once steam is beginning to escape, drop the temperature to low and cook the pork for 2 hours.
  7. After 2 hours has passed, turn off the heat and allow your pressure cooker to sit and depressurize for 20 minutes before releasing the lid.
  8. Gently remove the pork from the pressure cooker, it will be very soft and tear apart easily. We recommend using a set of tongs in each hand or a sturdy spyder tool to remove it.
  9. Put the pork into a baking tray and shred the meat with the tongs or a pair of forks.
  10. Turn the heat back to high and reduce the cooking juices by two-thirds (2/3). Pour the reduced juices over the shredded pork.
  11. To serve, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non stick pan over medium to high heat. Add the pork to the pan and press down gently. Cook until the pork is as crispy as you desire.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Pork Carnitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 5%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.