I used a homemade rub to make an absolutely delicious Mexican Pulled Pork recipe in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Make pulled Pork tacos, or use it for burritos, casseroles, or whatever other creative uses you can think up!
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
First of all, is Mexican pulled pork even a thing? Well, it is now! This is so easy and delicious for pork tacos. It's nice to be able to make a batch of this Instant Pot pulled pork and have it handy for tacos, tamales, or even just for snacking with some avocados and sour cream for a low carb snack.
What Is The Best Cut Of Pork For Pulled Pork?
Because of the high fat and connective tissue content, I opted to use pork shoulder for this recipe. It's an inexpensive, flavorful cut of meat that made for one of my best pulled pork recipes.
How To Make Pulled Pork
Pulled pork in the Instant Pot is an excellent cooking method to take a cheaper, more tough piece of meat and make it absolutely tender and delicious! With only 25 minutes under High Pressure and a 10 minute natural pressure release.
This Mexican Pulled Pork recipe shreds so easily with a fork and has the best flavor. The meat does NOT taste boiled, because it isn't once you pressure cook. This is also SO much faster than cooking the old-fashioned way in your oven or slow-cooker.
What Goes Well With Pulled Pork
Something you should DEFINITELY make to pair with this dish is my Air Fried Tomatillo Salsa. It gives just the right amount of acidity to complement the dish perfectly.
Similarly, my Mexican Rice Recipe is a great side dish option for this pressure cooker pulled pork. It's super easy to make in your Instant Pot and is the perfect complement to pulled pork tacos!
So, whether you're looking for taco Tuesday recipes, a great family meal idea or a nice low carb snack, this Mexican Pulled Pork recipe is sure to leave you full and satisfied! Thanks to your Instant Pot, it's so easy to make that you might find yourself making this on a weekly basis!
Want More Pork Recipes?
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- Instant Pot Pulled Pork- tacos seasoned with Indian spices.
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- Schezuan Pork Soup- Sichuan cuisine made at home.
- Chile Verde- a quick and easy pork recipe.
- Instant Pot Pork Stew- a hearty low carb soup.
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) Brown Sugar, or Splenda
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Ancho Chile Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Ground Black Pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds (680.39 g) Boneless Pork Shoulder, cut into 5 large pieces
- 1/4 cup (62.5 g) Water
- In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, chile powder, and black pepper.
- Add the cut-up pork shoulder and massage the spice rub into it. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes
- Place the pork pieces into the inner liner of your Instant Pot.
- Add the ¼ cup of water.
- Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes and then let it sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. Release any remaining pressure.
- Shred the pork pieces and push back under the cooking liquid until ready to serve.
- Serve with optional taco fixings, as desired.
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Originally Published February 6, 2018
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Urvashi, I think the word for this recipe that you're missing is "carnitas".
Mexican pulled pork is carnitas.
First time trying this recipe and have a 4 pound piece of meat. I am wondering do i need to cook longer and add more liquid?
Thanks for your help
This was a keeper recipe! Sooo tasty, I used a 3lb pork loin, doubled all the spices (I did not have any cumin so used garam masala instead) and 1/2c. water and served it up with tortillas, shredded cabbage, julienned carrots, guacamole, salsa, tzatziki, and cilantro.
Urvashi, this recipe was fantastic!! Thanks so much!!
What is the serving size on these? Sounds amazing, but counting calories and need tube amount per serving if possible. .. Thanks!
Made this tonight....super easy to come together. Hubby had it with tortillas and I put it on a bed of fresh spinach. We used various taco toppings like cilantro, jalapeño and pico de gallo. This will definitely be made again!
Can you do this with chicken or beef instead?
I also meant to say that I took the liquid after the meat was cooked and reduced it on the stove; it turned into a rich, delicious, unctuous sauce that we put over the meat. As I said, a great hit with the kids.
Greetings again from Australia!
This is FANTASTIC!!!!
Very easy, very tasty, very quick, very kid-friendly (without the chilli).
looks delicious! can we sub chicken? what would be the cooking time for that?