Now that I have 2 kids it can be challenging to prepare meals every day but I still want to give my family healthy homemade meals. I discovered the Instant Pot and it changed my life. I use it almost daily and it has been a life saver on those days where I have little time to cook.
I love that I can put the food in it and walk away. I don’t have to worry about food burning and once I hear it beeping I know I have dinner ready! Plus there’s something about cooking in an Instant Pot that makes your food taste so much better.
If you have an Instant Pot already I bet you can relate to my love for this amazing appliance. I love it so much that a friend and I created a Facebook group so we can all share our favorite recipes. If you want to join just click here. It’s all about sharing Instant Pot recipes for busy parents.
Today I’m going to share with you my husband’s favorite recipe. To be honest, I don’t eat pork and I didn’t like to cook it nor knew how to make it tasty but I started experimenting with pork in the Instant Pot so I could surprise my husband with pork every now and then. That’s how this recipe was born and it soon became a staple in my home.
This is a very versatile recipe. Once you make the pork carnitas you can serve them many different ways so it’s great to make a big batch and just eat it during the week. You can serve these pork carnitas on tortillas for tacos, quesadillas, or burritos and they’re even great on top of a salad.
This recipe is really easy to make and I’m sure it’ll be a favorite in your home too!
Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- 4 lbs. pork roast
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 diced jalapeno, deseeded
- 1 shredded carrot
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 orange cut in half
- 2 tsp. Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. oregano
- 2 tbsp. cumin
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil or ghee
- Small corn or gluten free tortillas
Preheat Instant Pot to sauté setting.
Combine salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and chili powder to make a rub. Cover the pork roast with the rub and be sure to use all the seasoning.
Heat the coconut oil or ghee in the Instant Pot. Place the pork in the Instant Pot to sear while still on the sauté setting. Sear on each side for a few minutes until the sides start getting crispy.
Add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot. Use a spoon to gentle mix and spread out ingredients. Squeeze the juice from orange over the roast, and toss the orange back in the Instant Pot to cook with the roast.
Place the lid on Instant Pot and lock into place. Make sure the valve is sealed.
Adjust the setting to cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. When it’s done cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally depressurize.
Shred the pork and place back in the Instant Pot with the juices. Let set for 10 minutes to soak in the flavor.
Serve these pork carnitas on tortillas for tacos, quesadillas, burritos or on top of a salad. Our favorite way to eat them is on a soft tortilla topped with avocado, cilantro and a dash of paprika.
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