Pulled Pork Carnitas
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4.91 from 10 votes

Pulled Pork Carnitas

There are lots of Instant Pot Pork Carnitas recipes out there, but my Pulled Pork Carnitas recipe is a cut above the rest! The whole family will love it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Best Carnitas Recipes, Carnitas Recipes, instant pot mexican recipes, Instant Pot Pork Carnitas, Instant Pot Recipes, Mexican Cuisine, Pork Carnitas Recipes, Pulled Pork Carnitas
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre



  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic sliced

Mix Together

Add to Instant Pot

  • 1/2 cup water

For Frying


  • Place sliced vegetables in the bottom of the pot to help them release water when the meat is cooking.
  • In a bowl, mix together the pork with all the spices and the lemon juice.
  • Place pork on top of the onions and garlic.
  • Put 1/2 cup of water into your bowl and rinse it out to get the last of the spices, and pour this water onto the pork.
  • Set your Instant Pot to Meat setting, or high pressure for 35 minutes.
  • When it's done use natural release.
  • Remove the pork, take it out of the water which may be somewhat salty.
  • Leave the pot on Saute and reduce the remaining water/sauce in there while you finish the next steps.
  • Put the coconut oil in a hot cast iron pan. If you wanted, you could also fish out the pork fat that is cooked, and set that to render. I did both and it was yummy.
  • Lay the shredded meat in a flat layer and let it brown undisturbed.
  • When it's partially brown, stir it and keep cooking until it's crispy in parts.
  • Once it's well crisped, put in a little of the concentrated broth. Your skillet should be hot enough that most of it just dissolves, leaving behind the flavor. I used almost all of my broth, small portiojns at a time to flavor the meat.
  • Serve with guacamole, salsa, sour cream or low carb tortillas, or eat plain.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 436mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.8mg