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A popular Mexican dish, Carnitas go well with just about anything. It’s versatile, flavorful and tangy – just like good pork should be!

This is a super easy recipe that can be served year round. I personally like to eat pork carnitas with rice and beans, in tacos, nachos, quesadillas, sandwiches, on salads and even on omelets. I guess you can say I like to eat it period!

Since I am on a low carb, almost keto diet, I served carnitas this time with avocados, tomatoes on a romaine lettuce leaf – a healthy taco! And you know what? The crunch from the lettuce gave it an amazing texture!

I also like to serve additional edges of lime with it because I love the combination of lime juice and pork!


A popular Mexican dish, Carnitas go well with just about anything. It’s versatile, flavorful and tangy – just like good pork should be!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dinner, easy, easy dinner recipes, easy recipes, instant pot, instant pot recipes, keto, keto diet, keto recipes, low carb, low carb diet, low carb recipe
Servings: 12 people


  • 7.5 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 navel orange juiced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 6 gloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch cilantro to serve optional


  • Turn pressure cooker sauté function on and heat the oil.
  • Sear the pork shoulder on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Sauté onions and garlic. Add the pork shoulder back into pot. 
  • Turn the sauté function off and all remaining ingredients starting with the lime and orange juice and making sure the spices are evenly distributed on top of the pork.
  • Cook for 120 to 150 minutes in medium pressure. Let it vent naturally.
  • Pull pork apart with two forks and place it in a baking sheet.Taste meat for acidity and drizzle lime juice on top of it if needed. Bake it on 425F until it becomes caramelized. Top it with cilantro and serve.

What is Carnitas?

Carnitas is a Mexican recipe for braised or roasted pork that is shredded and served in a variety of dishes.

How to Make Carnitas

You can make it in a pressure cooker like this recipe or in a crock pot.

For slow cooker carnitas, cook it on low for 8 hrs and finish it off the same way, by roasting it in the oven.

Additionally, you can also make this carnitas recipe entirely in the oven. Add additional liquid (water or broth), cover with foil and bake it until the meat comes apart easily enough to be pulled. Check it every once in a while to see that there is still liquid in the pan and add more if necessary. Then just finish it off uncovered for the same effect.

How to serve Carnitas

The sky is the limit and as I mentioned above, I like to eat it in every way. But here are some Mexican food recipes in which you can use carnitas to change up the menu.

  • Enchiladas
  • Burritos
  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Tamales
  • Chilaquiles
  • Nachos
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Tortas

What to serve with Carnitas?

You could serve it with guacamole, tomatoes, mexican corn salad, rice and beans, etc.

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