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If you love a good instant pot carnitas recipe then you are going to love these instant pot carnitas paleo. Nothing but simple and delicious ingredients to make the most tender and flavorful pork carnitas instant pot. We love it stuffed in burritos, tacos, nachos, or on top of a salad. You can make this instant pot carnitas paleo, or instant pot carnitas keto by serving it on grain free tortillas, chips, or as a salad.

Pork Carnitas Instant Pot

a bowl of carnitas on table garnished with lime

We love a good carnitas taco or salad bowl from Chipotle. However, eating out isn’t always practical or healthy. This simple recipe is so darn easy to make and the flavor is so fabulous that I can’t control myself from snacking on the meat as I’m shredding it.

When it’s hot during the summer months, easy recipes like this instant pot carnitas recipe are my go-to. I hate using the oven and getting the house all hot. With the instant pot you can just throw it together and it cooks so fast, but tastes like it was slow cooked all day.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

a plate with a tortilla and carnitas on top garnished with lime and cilantro

Can you make this in the slow cooker?

Of course you can! It will just take a lot longer. I haven’t slow cooked carnitas in a long time, but you should cook it on low 6-8 hours or until its ready to shred nicely.

If you are wondering what appliance I use to make this, I have two that I go back and forth between. I use my Instant Pot and my Crock Pot 8 qt Express Cooker. Between the two I prefer the Crock Pot Express because it has a non stick bowl and the IP has a stainless steel bowl. The Crock Pot is easier to clean up and if you want an all in one, it’s a great option.

 

 

What is in this instant pot carnitas paleo recipe?

a plate on table with a tortilla and pork carnitas on top

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Green Chiles
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Sea Salt
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Broth

 

How do I make these instant pot carnitas keto?

pork carnitas in a bowl garnished with lime

These are naturally gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and keto. You can even make them whole 30 compliant by making sure that your broth is safe.

The best part about this recipe is how easy is to make! You will add all of the ingredients to your instant pot and stir it around to combine. Then put the lid on and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. Release the pressure and remove the tenderloin, then slice it diagonal with a knife and use a fork to shred it.

process shots of how to make instant pot pork carnitas

Put the shredded carnitas back in the Instant Pot with the juice. Use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pot. You could even drain it a bit if you would like, but reserve some of the juice for storing it in the fridge if there are leftovers.

That’s it my friends! How do you like to eat your carnitas? I am a taco person.

Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas (paleo, keto)

These easy and delicious pork carnitas are the perfect healthy weeknight dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot Carnitas, instant pot carnitas keto, instant pot carnitas paleo, instant pot carnitas recipe, pork carnitas instant pot
Servings 6
Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 oz green chiles diced, canned
  • 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup broth

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your instant pot and stir it around to combine.

  2. Put the lid on and cook it on high pressure for 35 minutes.
  3. Release the pressure and remove the tenderloin, then slice it diagonal with a knife and use a fork to shred it.

  4. Put the shredded carnitas back in the Instant Pot with the juice. Use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pot. You could even drain it a bit if you would like, but reserve some of the juice for storing it in the fridge if there are leftovers.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pork Carnitas (paleo, keto)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 526mg23%
Potassium 528mg15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments

Catherine July 19, 2020 - 8:59 pm

5 stars
Oh I look so forward to making this, the pork looks absolutely delicious! I’m with you, I love tacos, but sounds so yummy in a salad as well, great recipe!!

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livingfreelygf July 21, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Thank you so much Catherine!

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Natalie July 19, 2020 - 9:26 pm

5 stars
Oh man I hear ya with cooking in the oven during the summer! I’Ve been using my instant pot more in the last two weeks so this recipe comes at the perfect time! We will definitely be making this for dinner this week. Looks super yum!!

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livingfreelygf July 21, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Thanks Natalie!

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