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Best Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Melt-in-your-mouth tender and perfectly seasoned shredded pork this Best Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Insis made easier in your instant pot or pressure cooker. I have made this many times for family and friends and they all say it's better than Chipotle's!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Americ, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword Best Instant Pot Pork Carnitas, Carnitas for Tacos, Chipotle Copycat Carnitas, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Pork Carnitas, Pork Carnitas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Manila Spoon


  • 1/3 cup tomato salsa, medium or hot
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 dried whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1

    large onion,


  • 4 lb

    pork shoulder or pork butt roast,

    cut into 2-3 inch cubes
  • 3 dried bay leaves


  1. In a small bowl, mix the first 8 ingredients. Place the chopped onion at the bottom of the instant pot or pressure cooker. Add the cut-up meat on top. Pour the salsa mixture over the meat and stir to ensure the meat is fully covered or coated with it. Insert the bay leaves.

  2. Cover the instant pot with its lid ensuring the vent is on sealing position. Turn on the pot and adjust the setting to manual (high pressure) for about 1 hour. Cook until the time is done. Allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. Turn the vent to venting position to allow any remaining pressure/steam to release. Uncover. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired. Remove meat and shred pork. Serve in tortillas (soft or crunchy) and top with, cilantro, chopped onions, extra salsa or tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, or your desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Left-over/Freezer Option: Freeze the remaining pork in freezer-friendly containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring occasionally; add water or broth if necessary.