Healthy Carnitas Recipe for the Instant Pot

It's so easy to make healthy carnitas that are full of flavor, and using an Instant Pot helps you get your whole meal on the table in 60 minutes! From EatingRichly.com

It’s so easy to make healthy carnitas that are full of flavor, and using an Instant Pot helps you get your whole meal on the table in 60 minutes!

HEALTHY CARNITAS SUPPLIES

WHY I NEVER MAKE AUTHENTIC CARNITAS

It's so easy to make healthy carnitas that are full of flavor, and using an Instant Pot helps you get your whole meal on the table in 60 minutes! From EatingRichly.com

I love eating carnitas, but until recently, I haven’t tried making them myself. There’s two reasons I’ve avoided making one of my favorite taco fillings:

First, carnitas are typically made by braising pork for hours until it gets tender and juicy, and I don’t have that sort of time.

It's so easy to make healthy carnitas that are full of flavor, and using an Instant Pot helps you get your whole meal on the table in 60 minutes! From EatingRichly.com

Second, that braising is usually done by cooking the meat in oil or lard. Absolutely DELISH, but not in line with the healthy lifestyle our family is trying to embrace.

Fortunately, I have an Instant Pot, which can solve both problems at once!

HEALTHY CARNITAS IN THE INSTANT POT

All you have to do is toss the ingredients into the pot, turn on the pressure, and leave them to cook for 45 minutes. Then saute the meat for a few minutes to get it just slightly crispy, like authentic carnitas.

It's so easy to make healthy carnitas that are full of flavor, and using an Instant Pot helps you get your whole meal on the table in 60 minutes! From EatingRichly.com

I like to serve carnitas on warm tortillas with sliced radishes, cilantro, and fresh pico de gallo.  The spread looks impressive, but the Instant Pot does most of the work for me.

I LOVE that I don’t have to watch the pot (or count calories!) with these healthy carnitas. Hope you love them as much as I do!

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It's so easy to make healthy carnitas that are full of flavor, and using an Instant Pot helps you get your whole meal on the table in 60 minutes! From EatingRichly.com

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Healthy Carnitas Recipe for the Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 

I love making these carnitas in the Instant Pot because they cook so fast on the pressure setting, then crisp up nicely on the saute setting. If your pressure cooker doesn't have a saute setting, you can finish it off in a skillet. Adapted with permission from Food.com.  

Course: Crockpot
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 192 kcal
Author: Diana Johnson
Ingredients
Pork Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 lbs pork butt or pork shoulder cut into 3/4" cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 oz good tequila
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried chipotle pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
To serve:
  • small corn tortillas
  • pico de gallo
  • sliced radishes
  • chopped cilantro
  • sliced limes
Instructions
  1. Add all pork ingredients, except olive oil, into pressure cooker and stir to combine.

  2. Set pressure cooker to "high" and cook for 35-45 minutes (depending on your cooker). I used the meat/stew setting on the Instant Pot, for 45 minutes.


  3. Release steam according to pressure cooker instructions.


  4. At this point, the pork should be falling apart, but there should still be plenty of liquid left in the pot. Drain the liquid and set it aside, then return the meat to the cooker. Use a handheld mixer to shred the meat.


  5. Push meat to one side of the cooker, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Set cooker to "saute", mix meat into the olive oil, and saute until slightly crispy. Add a bit of leftover liquid from draining the meat, so the meat becomes nice and saucy.


  6. Serve with corn tortillas, pico de gallo, sliced radishes, and cilantro. Squeeze lime juice over top and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
Nutritional value estimates are calculated for just the pork, and do not include the tortillas or toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Carnitas Recipe for the Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 321mg 13%
Potassium 474mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 8.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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