Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

tangy & delicious Instant Pot carnitas recipe with orange juice!

Inside: Check out this tangy & delicious Instant Pot carnitas recipe with orange juice! Whether it’s Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo, these Instant Pot carnitas are sure to be a hit!

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Mexican food?

If I haven’t already, let me tell you… It’s pretty much my favorite thing.

I had so many tacos when I was pregnant with my daughter, I’m surprised she wasn’t born wrapped in a tortilla!

But today I’m sharing my very favorite Instant Pot carnitas recipe, and ohhhh man is it a good one.

Whenever you start craving tacos… Whether it’s Cinco De Mayo or Taco Tuesday, pull up this seriously delicious instant pot carnitas tacos recipe and your whole family will be in for a real treat!

instant pot carnitas

We do Taco Tuesday every single week, and sometimes you just need a new taco recipe to shake things up.

That’s why I love this tangy Instant Pot carnitas taco recipe.

My favorite part is that you add the pork to the instant pot and leave it for thirty minutes.

Thirty minutes free while one of my favorite Mexican dishes is cooked to perfection?

Yes please!

instant pot carnitas

Now, I’ve made my fair share of tacos in my day… But this carnitas recipe is one of my absolute favorites.

Partly because the Instant Pot does the heavy lifting for me…

But the real trick to the perfect Instant Pot carnitas? Orange juice!

I know. It seems a little odd.

But trust me when I say that this is the key to adding a tangy twist to your carnitas recipe!

instant pot carnitas

Items Recommended for Instant Pot Carnitas

 Wooden Turner Instant Pot Ultra Chipotle Powder

Once you’ve got the supplies you need, you’re ready to dig into this Instant Pot carnitas recipe and make your own super tasty tacos!

Instant Pot Carnitas

instant pot carnitas

7 Freestyle SmartPoints

To make these Carnitas Weight Watchers friendly use Tropicana 500 Orange Juice


  • 2 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 lime
  • 1 small can green chiles
  • 2 tbsp. oil


  1. Set pot to sauté mode. Heat oil.
  2. Mix pepper, salt, chili powder, cumin, chipotle powder. Sprinkle liberally over pork.
  3. Brown pork on all sides in hot oil.
  4. Remove pork and set aside.
  5. In hot pot, add garlic, onion, green chiles and broth. Deglaze pot.
  6. Place pork back into pot. Cover, lock and set to cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Natural release
  7. Shred pork, squeeze lime over shredded pork.

If you’re not making this recipe for dinner tonight, make sure you pin this post so you can find it later!

instant pot carnitas

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