Pulled Pork Carnitas – Instant Pot

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This pulled pork carnitas recipe made in an Instant Pot is the perfect base for many tasty meals, great for expanding your Mexican recipe list.

Pulled pork carnitas
Pulled pork carnitas

A pressure cooker is an asset to any kitchen, and we certainly get loads of use out of both our instant pot and stove-top pressure cookers.

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This recipe can also be cooked in a slow cooker if you prefer to set and forget. After marinating the pork, place all the ingredients into your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

If you’re after a recipe to accompany your pork carnitas try our Mexican cauliflower rice. It’s delicious!

Pulled Pork Carnitas Ingredients

Pulled pork carnitas Ingredients in an instant pot
Pulled pork carnitas Ingredients
  • 4-5 pounds of Boneless Pork Shoulder (Butt)
  • 2 tablespoons of Erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup of Salted Butter
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2 large Jalapenos, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 Limes, zest, and juice
  • 2 cups of Chicken Stock

How To Make Pulled Pork Carnitas

Pulled pork carnitas
How to makepulled 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 oregano, erythritol, salt, pepper, and olive oil and marinate for at least 3 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. Set your instant pot to saute, add the butter, onion, jalapenos and garlic. Saute until the onion starts to turn translucent.
  4. Add the lime juice, zest, and chicken stock, followed by the marinated pork. Keeping the skin and fat to the top.
  5. Place the lid on your instant pot and set to high pressure for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours have passed, use the natural release technique before removing the lid.
  7. Gently remove the pork, 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.
  8. Put the pork into a baking tray and shred the meat with the tongs or a pair of forks.
  9. Turn the heat back to high and reduce the cooking juices to about 2 cups. Pour the reduced juices over the shredded pork.
  10. To serve the carnitas, 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.
  11. Cook until the pork is as crispy as you desire.
Pulled pork carnitas recipe

Pulled Pork Carnitas – Instant Pot

This Delicious Low Carb Pulled Pork Carnitas recipe is the perfect base for many Mexican dishes. Favorsome with a mild heat.
5 from 82 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Matt

Ingredients

  • 5 lb Pork Shoulder (butt) boneless
  • 2 tbsp Erythritol
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Salted Butter
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 2 large Jalapeno sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 Limes zest and juice
  • 2 cup Chicken Stock

Instructions

  • Remove any string or netting from the pork. Unroll it and cut deep slits in the meat to ensure even marinating and cooking.
  • Rub the pork with the oregano, erythritol, salt, pepper, and olive oil and marinate for at least 3 hours, or overnight for best results.
  • Set your instant pot to saute, add the butter, onion, jalapenos and garlic. Saute until the onion starts to turn translucent.
  • Add the lime juice, zest, and chicken stock, followed by the marinated pork. Keeping the skin and fat to the top.
  • Place the lid on your instant pot and set to high pressure for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours have passed, use the natural release technique before removing the lid.
  • Gently remove the pork, 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.
  • Put the pork into a baking tray and shred the meat with the tongs or a pair of forks.
  • Turn the heat back to high and reduce the cooking juices to about 2 cups. Pour the reduced juices over the shredded pork.
  • To serve the carnitas, 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.

Video

Easy Pulled Pork Instant Pot Recipe – Delicious Mexican Carnitas – Low Carb & Keto (1g Carbs)

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 140g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 596mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

How To Store Pulled Pork Carnitas

Store pulled pork carnitas in the fridge for up to 4 days or they can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

This instant pot pulled pork carnitas recipe makes approximately 12 servings. 1 serving is 140g/5oz and has 1g net carbs.

Pulled pork carnitas
Pulled pork carnitas Instant Pot recipe

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To make a larger batch of instant pot pulled pork carnitas adjust the servings in the recipe card above. 

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