Pressure Cooker | April 22, 2018

Instant Pot Authentic Carnitas Recipe

It’s no secret that carne asada tacos are pretty bomb. It used to be my favorite until I met carnitas. Carnitas are a savory salty pork, slow cooked or boiled, shredded then fried  just a bit to give it a little added crisp. When it comes to making a Mexican meat at home it can be hard and intimidating-NOT anymore friends. This instant pot authentic carnitas recipe will amaze you!! Making the recipe in the instapot is the perfect solution for cooking for a crowd at a Cinco de Mayo party. When La Tortilla Factory told us about their  #CelebrateAtSuCasa campaign I knew I was on board because cooking at home for friends and family is truly a passion of mine

This authentic carnitas recipe post is sponsored by La Tortilla Factory. All opinions are our own- we honestly love this product!

instant pot carnitas with toppings on a white tray

How to Make this Instant Pot Authentic Carnitas Recipe

There are a couple of ways you can make this authentic carnitas recipe, my favorite is in the instant pot. It comes out tender and 100% shreddable. Making carnitas are tender and shredded can be the hardest part about making it at home. When I do it in my instant pot it turns out perfect every time! You really don’t have to give up authenticity & flavor making carnitas at home, with the proper ingredients and some handmade style tortillas, you will prefer your own recipes to the taco shop’s version.

carnitas ingredients in an instant pot

Cut of Meat for Your Authentic Carnitas Recipe

  1. Always use pork butt! This is the cut of meat you want to always get because of the way it shreds. It can be a fatty piece of meat (which also means lots of flavor) to choose one that is a little more lean so you get more for your money.
  2. The quality of meat can alter your cook time. When I get fresh pork butt from the butcher I can cook (6lbs) for 60 minutes and it’s perfect! When I get packaged pork butt from a wholesale store I usually have to cook it about 90 minutes.
  3. Once the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender it will shred just by touching it. The beautiful thing is the fat will also separate really easily so you don’t have spend a lot of time separating.

shredded pork on a platter

Slow Roasting Authentic Carnitas

You can also make carnitas in your oven by slow roasting them for a few hours. Wrap the food and seasonings tinfoil and pour water around. Let it cook for several hours until also is fall-off-the-bone tender.  While we know this recipe is delicious, we also know that sometimes you are in a time crunch. La Tortilla Factory has the yummiest new Sauce Starters.  If you’re in a pinch – these starters will deliver delicious and authentic flavor without a second thought.

Wrapped carnitas in a baking dish

The Tortillas

Hands down these are our new favorite tortillas. We first received sample of these La Tortilla Factory handmade style tortillas last year and they instantly my husband hooked. We have been  buying them ever since. His favorite are the combo of wheat and corn, mine the corn.

instant pot carnitas ingredients on a white surface

These tortillas are so soft and have the best texture with your tacos. They really feel and taste homemade. Over on our instagram @ohsodelicioso, we have partnered with La Tortilla Factory and are giving away $500 worth of goods so you can have the ultimate Cindo de Mayo. #CelebrateAtSuCasa

An overhead shot of carnitas with lime

Authentic Carnitas Recipe – The Toppings:

We love to top our authentic carnitas with any…or ALL of the following…

Serve with:


instant pot carnitas with fresh toppings on a white tray

Celebrate At Su Casa

We hope this week you will be inspired to stay in and cook up some authentic Mexican food.  Staying home, surrounded by family, friends, and food is the best feeling in the world. Come back and let me know just how much you loved this Carnitas recipe and just how much you loved staying in for Cinco De Mayo.

5 from 3 votes
Slow Roasted Authentic Carnitas Recipe and Cilantro Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

The perfect instant pot authentic carnitas recipes! (also included is slow roasted method) It will come out tender, delicious and packed with flavor every time!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Authentic Carnitas, Authentic Mexican Tacos
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 316 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 6 lbs pork butt
  • 1 tbs sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 large orange sliced
  • 2 jalapeño sliced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup broth
Carnitas Pressure Cooker Instructions
  1. In pressure cooker add broth and pork butt.

  2. In separate bowl mix dry spices together and rub on pork butt. Rub garlic, top with jalapeños, oranges, and onions.

  3. Cook High 60 minutes, natural release. If pork is tough put it back in for another 30-45 minutes.

  4. Remove meat when done. Shred. In separate pan (or you can do on saute mode) heat a few tablespoons of oil till hot. Add shredded carnitas meat and allow it so crisp  in the oil. Don't stir until you see the meat darkening, flip is desired. Serve immediately 

Carnitas Slow Roasted Instructions
  1. In a 9x13 pan place 2 pieces of foil perpendicular to each other.
  2. Center roast in foil, top with all ingredients except water
  3. Fold foil around roast
  4. Add broth in pan

  5. Cook at 275 for minimum 4 hours, and one hour per additional pound above 3 lbs.

Recipe Notes

If after 60 minutes the pork butt is not pull apart tender seal lid and cook for an additional 45 minutes. Meat tenderness can vary based on the amount of fat and freshness of the cut. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Roasted Authentic Carnitas Recipe and Cilantro Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 1005mg44%
Potassium 832mg24%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  1. I tried this carnitas recipe this weekend along with the cilantro rice and the yucateca onions. YUMMY!!!!!!!!! Everyone gobbled it up!

  2. I don’t see anything in the ingredients or the recipe about the cilantro rice, how do you do that?

  3. This only takes an hour in an instant pot?
    I ask because Kalua Park at 4lbs takes 90 minutes plus NR to finish, how does 6lbs of the same cut of port finish 30 minutes sooner?

    1. If you are using a fresh cut pork butt it will take less time (this is explained in the post) if you are not using fresh (meaning it was prepackaged and shipped to the store but not frozen) or frozen it will take longer. Also, the larger the meat the instant pot will automatically take longer to come to pressure so it will- in the end- cook longer than a 4lb piece of meat, and a larger butt- like 8l- would talk longer than the 6lb without having adjusted the “cook time” on the pressure cooker.