Pork Carnitas

There’s nothing much better than tender slow cooked pork carnitas with the tangy flavor of lime and smokiness of cumin. Pork carnitas happens to be one of my favorite Mexican dishes. I used to be overwhelmed by the idea of making it at home until I tried it a couple years ago and realized it’s quite simple. Now it’s firmly planted on my rotation of meals and I even happily cook it mid-week.

Pork Carnitas

Meal Planning

I keep my pork carnitas meals simple with a salad, guacamole, and sometimes black beans and rice for my carb-eating people when they’re willing to make it. That’s one of my boundaries! I’m fine with having rice and beans around but I’ve asked my family to be the ones to cook it so I’m not tempted to snitch bites as I cook. Nine times out of ten my sons are happy to do without. Not sure if they don’t want it or if they just don’t want to take the energy to cook it.

I often find carnitas meat pre-cut into chunks at the grocery store but if you have a hard time finding it pre-cut, grab a pork shoulder roast and cut it into 2-inch pieces. Might take a few minutes to get it ready but completely worth the effort.

Get to Cooking

Pork carnitas can be cooked on the stove top but I’ve gotten very spoiled to browning my pork in a cast iron skillet and then transferring it to my Instant Pot to get that rich yummy tenderness much quicker than letting it simmer on the stove top. So easy! And I can be prepping the rest of the meal while the Instant Pot is doing its thing! If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love my Instant Pot. Couldn’t live without it!

Pork Carnitas

Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it. I’m pretty certain it’ll become one of your family favorites as well!

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Pork Carnitas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Recipe Notes

Melt ghee or butter in skillet. Add onions and begin to saute.

Mix spices together in small bowel and sprinkle over meat. Saute meat in skillet until browned. I like mine to get a little crispy on the outside. Feel free to do in batches if skillet won't easily hold all meat.

Place browned meat in Instant Pot (IP). Squeeze lime juice over meat and throw lime halves into IP. Set IP to manual pressure cook for 30 minutes and let your IP do the work!

I usually do a quick release so we can get to eating.

You can also do this in a slow cooker on low and let it cook for 5-6 hours. Or you can leave your meat in the skillet and cover to simmer for 1-2 hours.

Some people like to fork separate the meat and place on a pan and broil for 3-5 minutes to increase crispiness. I don't typically take the time for this but it does make it yummy!

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