Carnitas in the Instant Pot

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Homemade Chipotle Style Carnitas

When Brian and I take the kids out to lunch/dinner at Chic-fil-A our meal totals approximately $40. Convenient yes, affordable not so much. Last year when they were doing the Cyber Monday deal on amazon I almost purchased the Instant Pot but for whatever reason decided not to. Maybe it’s because December is very money intense for us. In December we have Lys, Zach and my birthday in addition to Christmas AND mine and my husbands wedding anniversary! So to say December is a busy and expensive month for us would be a bit of an understatement. On Christmas morning I opened up a gift from my parents and sure enough it was the 6qt Instant Pot. I opened that Instant Pot up that day and made French Onion Soup to go with our Prime Rib dinner and never looked back. In fact, in January we added a second Instant Pot to our mix the 8 qt! I use both Instant Pots more often than my oven! It’s awesome!

I plan on sharing some of my favorite recipes I’ve found around the internet and different adaptions I’ve made to each recipe. For the most part I’m really not brave to try recipes that I haven’t found. The first recipe I’d like to share is for CARNITAS. Carnitas are delicious. Brian and I were first introduced to Carnitas when we went to Chipotle! As I’ve mentioned above our fast-food bill is quite expensive these days so I set out to make our own version of Carnitas! 🙂

We follow Gina Homolka’s recipe for Instant Pot Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) original recipe.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas –

Ingredients: boneless pork shoulder, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic gloves, cumin, salon, dry oregano, reduced sodium chicken broth,

chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, bay leaves, dry adobo seasoning (GOYA) and garlic powder.

Read more specific recipe instructions here.

Homemade Chipotle Carnitas

Chipotle Inspired Carnitas

*I modify this recipe by adding citrus to our instant pot prior to sealing the pot. I add 2 oranges, 2 limes and 2 lemons cut up and de-seeded where necessary. Instead of adding slivered garlic cloves, I add crushed garlic. I just read again the original recipe and I add all spices as the recipe calls for however, I do not add anything to the pot once the instant pot is finished. The recipe calls for the removal of bay leaves and adjustment of cumin and addition of adobo, however I add that to the meat prior to putting it in the instant pot. Also, in addition to the cook time – the recipe calls for 50 minutes at high pressure (*meat setting). I let the pressure naturally release for 15-20 minutes. I have never had tough pork.

*Once the pork is pulled apart we take some of the liquid from the instant pot and drizzle it over the pulled pork.

This recipe is delicious and I highly recommend it. The citrus completely compliments the pork and this recipe has become a definite favorite in our house. Serve carnitas on a tortilla with cilantro lime rice, shredded mozzarella cheese, sour cream and avocado. Enjoy!

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