Pressure Cooker Carnitas


Another version of Carnitas — using a pressure cooker
Originally shared by Michelle Miller

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas
Servings: 11 • Size: 1/2 cup • Calories: 160 • Fat: 7 g • Sat Fat: 3 g • Carb: 1 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 20 g • Sugar: 0 g • Sodium: 397 mg • Cholesterol: 69 mg
• 2 1/2 pounds trimmed, boneless pork shoulder blade roast
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• black pepper, to taste
• 6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon sazon (I used homemade. See below.)
• 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
• 3/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
• 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
• 2 bay leaves
• 1/4 teaspoon dry adobo seasoning (I used Goya)
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Season pork with salt and pepper. In a large skillet brown pork on all sides on high heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork about 1-inch deep, and insert the garlic slivers, you’ll want to do this all over. Season pork with cumin, sazon, oregano, adobo and garlic powder all over.
Pour chicken broth in the crockpot, add chipotle peppers and stir, add bay leaves and place pork in the Instant Pot, cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting on high pressure with the meat button for 50 minutes. When the pressure releases, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumulated at the bottom. Remove bay leaves and adjust cumin and add adobo and mix well.

Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 1/2 teaspoons • Points +: 0 pts • Smart Points: 0
Calories: 7 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 0 g • Carb: 1 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 281 mg
• 1 tablespoon ground coriander
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon ground annatto seeds (achiote) or turmeric
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon kosher salt
• 2 teaspoons oregano
• 1 tsp ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. 1 1/2 teaspoons of this mix equals one packet of commercial sazon.


Recipe links and macros courtesy of: Michelle Miller and Brenda Richards


One thought on “Pressure Cooker Carnitas

  1. April Harvey December 28, 2017 / 3:11 am

    If you have an a Instant Pot you can do all your browning of roast on the sauté setting, keeping the flavorful bits in the cooking vessel. Making clean up easier too!


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