Easy Carnitas Recipes {Instant Pot and Slow Cooker}

easy carnitas recipes

These easy carnitas recipes can be made in the Instant Pot or a Slow Cooker!

Carnitas pork makes the best pulled pork tacos, and with this low calorie recipe, you can enjoy tacos anytime you like.

Easy Carnitas Recipes

You can use these carnitas recipes in soups, over salads and nachos. In quesadillas… and the best of all, in carnitas tacos!

Below I will share how to make a pork carnitas recipe in a slow cooker or an Instant Pot…

Easy Carnitas Recipes

I like to make recipes easy and simple, that’s why this carnitas recipe is so popular. You can dump everything into a crockpot or an Instant Pot and come back later to the perfect meal!

I like to make this dish in a pork tacos recipe, but you can add it to just about anything. making it a great meal prep recipe!

Here’s What You’ll Find in this Article:

  • Carnitas Ingredients (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Slow Cooker Carnitas
  • How to Make Instant Pot Carnitas
  • Easy Carnitas Recipes (printable recipe card!)

Pulled pork taco recipes are just a few steps away, and I’ll show you how to make them in your favorite kitchen appliance.

What are carnitas? Carnitas are a shredded Mexican pork most often used in recipes for pork tacos.

Carnitas Ingredients

The key to the best pork for carnitas recipe, is the seasoning for carnitas! In this section I will show you just how easy it is to make tacos carnitas with only 4 ingredients.

Use this recipe for pork taco recipe, or in your favorite soup…It adds a ton of flavor and a boost of protein.

Easy Carnitas Recipes

This pork for tacos recipe is easy and versatile… and with only a handful of ingredients, inexpensive too!

Carnitas Shopping List:

  • Pork loin 
  • Jalapeños
  • Garlic
  • Limes
  • Salt and pepper

Up next I will show you how to make slow cooker carnitas, and Instant Pot carnitas. And in the recipe card below, I will share nutrition, cook times, and more.

Up next, crockpot carnitas…

How to Make Slow Cooker Carnitas

It’s easy to make slow cooker pork tacos with this crock pot carnitas recipe! You just add in all the ingredients together, and in a few hours you have a perfect recipe for pulled pork tacos!

Carnitas slow cooker style is probably the easiest method as you just add everything into your crockpot and walk away.

Easy Carnitas Recipes

How to Make Slow Cooker Carnitas:

  1. Add the pork and the marinade to a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours, or high heat for 5 hours.
  3. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and place on a plate. Use two forks to shred. Add 1/4 cup to 1 cup of the liquid as needed to the shredded pork to add moisture.

Now that you know how to make pulled pork in your slow cooker… let’s move on to the Instant Pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Carnitas

In this section I will show you how to make carnitas in your Instant Pot.

The best way to enjoy this recipe (in my humble opinion) is in tacos pulled pork style. But you can use leftovers in many different ways… In Enchiladas, tamales, in soups and over salads. The possibilities are endless!

Easy Carnitas Recipes Instant Pot

How to Make Instant Pot Carnitas:

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “sauce” medium heat. Once it reads “hot” add the pork in batched until lightly browned, transferring the pork to a plate as you work.
  2. Once the pork is all browned, shut off the Instant Pot, add in the marinade and scrape the bottom well so you don’t get a “Burn” message.
  3. Add the pork back to the pot, along with any juices on the plate. Cover and cook on high pressure for 80 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release of pressure.
  5. Transfer the pork to a plate and shred. Add 1/4 cup to 1 cup of the liquid as needed to the shredded pork to add moisture.

The next section will pull all of the directions together, along with measurements, cook time, and even nutrition.

Easy Carnitas Recipes {Instant Pot and Slow Cooker}

I love to make pulled pork tacos with this carnitas recipe… But you can use it in many ways!

Try this pulled pork in tacos, tamales, enchiladas. Over nachos or salads. In soups and even quesadillas… The possibilities are endless!

easy carnitas recipes

Easy Carnitas Recipes {Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Carnitas}

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These easy carnitas recipes can be made in the Instant Pot or the Slow Cooker!
I've cut 100's of calories to make a healthy, flavorful, easy to make pork carnitas recipe. Try this carnitas pork in tacos, over nachos, in soups and atop your favorite salads!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 112 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
  • slow cooker
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds pork loin quartered
  • 2 jalapeños seeds and ribs removed
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions
 

Prep Directions:

  • Place the pork in a gallon freezer bag and set aside.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, then pour over the pork and marinate for 2-24 hours (the longer the better!)

Instant Pot Directions:

  • Set the Instant Pot to "sauce" medium heat. Once it reads "hot" add the pork in batches until lightly browned, transferring the pork to a plate as you work.
  • Once the pork is all browned, shut off the Instant Pot, add in the marinade and scrape the bottom well so you don’t get a “Burn” message.
  • Add the pork back to the pot, along with any juices on the plate. Cover and cook on high pressure for 80 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release of pressure.
  • Transfer the pork to a plate and shred. Add 1/4 cup to 1 cup of the liquid as needed to the shredded pork to add moisture.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Add the pork and the marinade to a slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours, or high heat for 5 hours.
  • Remove the pork from the slow cooker and place on a plate. Use two forks to shred. Add 1/4 cup to 1 cup of the liquid as needed to the shredded pork to add moisture.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 0.9gProtein: 20gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 336mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.2gCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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