My Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas are fork tender and literally cook themselves. After cooking in the Instant Pot, they are cooked in a cast iron skillet for crispiness.
I am so excited about this recipe I could just scream! Instant Pot Crispy Prok Carnitas have the slow-roasted flavors of a pork roast with the crispiness of deep barbequed burnt ends. If you’ve never had burnt ends, add them to your list of “must try”. They are full of flavor and are also crispy on the ends – just like my carnitas. A
The word Carnita means little meat and that’s just what this delicious Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas is. It’s little pieces of mouth-watering tender pork that’s a little bit smokey from the cumin and chili powder.
I like to serve these in warm flour tortillas with some crumbled cotija cheese, also called Mexican crumbling cheese, a couple of jalapeno slices, and a squeeze of fresh lime. You won’t believe the burst of flavor from just a few ingredients.
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Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas
These Instant Pot crispy pork carnitas are fork tender and literally cook themselves. After cooking in the Instant Pot, they are cooked in a cast iron skillet for crispiness.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Meat
- Method: Instant Pot and Cast Iron
- Cuisine: Tex Mex
- 2 lbs. pork shoulder
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Cut pork shoulder into 8 pieces.
- Place orange juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Place pork into the pot.
- Select Meat/Stew setting.
- Set for 50 minutes.
- When it is complete let it sit for natural release.
- Remove pork from Instant Pot and shred it using two forks to pull it apart.
- Transfer pork to a hot cast iron skillet and cook for 10 minutes until it is crispy.
Serve these with warm flour tortillas, cotija cheese, sliced jalapenos, and a squeeze of fresh lime.