Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas

Dinner Recipes, Pork + Beef Recipes, Poultry Recipes, Slow Cooker + Instant Pot Recipes



Taco Tuesday just got even easier with this recipe for instant pot carnitas! It’s a nice change of pace from the typical ground beef taco, plus it’s so juicy, and flavorful, you’ll want to make it again and again.

With just 10 minutes of prep time, you coat a pork shoulder with dry rub seasonings, sear in the instant pot, and let that baby cook for 90 minutes! Squeeze with lime, add your other toppings and voila, instant pot carnitas that rival Chipotle!


  • Spice Rub
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Carnitas
  • 2.5 to 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 1 4oz. can green chilis
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

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on November 6, 2020 at 12:19 PM Reply

It was really good and i would make it again. Next time I will use less salt though. It makes quite a bit my family and i ate on it for a couple of days

on September 5, 2020 at 3:27 PM Reply

Whitney, you’ll find some excellent under $10-15 silicone “solutions” for doubling thick chunks of meat in the iinstapot. My favorite looks like a spider’s web, but thick & bendable, it kinda gives you a 2nd “shelf” to use without burning or not mixing with all else in there

on September 5, 2020 at 3:25 PM Reply

LOL! I thought so too, Nancy, like, we’ll the instapot must be so easy, it’ll know what to do! Haha, thanks Chris - by the way, last question had me laughing too, handled that nicely

on April 15, 2020 at 10:05 AM Reply

Not very good directions for making this?

    on April 16, 2020 at 1:36 PM Reply

    Hi there! If you click on the green circle in the top right corner of the recipe box, it will take you right to the full instructions!

on August 4, 2019 at 6:15 PM Reply

How would I go about doubling this?

    on April 16, 2020 at 2:26 PM Reply

    Should be fine to just double all the ingredients :)

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