Meal Prep: Pressure Cooker Crispy Pork Carnitas

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Rated 5.0 based on 15 customer reviews
Meal Prep: Pressure Cooker Crispy Pork Carnitas
Meal Prep: Pressure Cooker Crispy Pork Carnitas


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Carnitas, literally meaning "little meats." This classic Mexican dish originates from the state of is a dish of Michoacán. For a traditional carnitas meal, serve with warm corn tortillas, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and chopped fresh cilantro, but you can also use this in a variety of applications. Make the meat in advance and have it ready for a quick reheat for a few easy weeknight meals.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 517 calories; 37g fat; 4.4g carbohydrates; 40g protein; 154mg cholesterol; 469mg sodium.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat330
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 56%
Saturated Fat13g 67%
Trans Fat0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat3.6g
Monounsaturated Fat16.2g
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 469mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 4.4g 1%
Dietary Fiber1g 4%
Protein 40g
Vitamin A4% Vitamin C22%
Calcium5% Iron17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4


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Jessica Scott says:

I made these carnitas the other night in my pressure cooker and they came out perfect! This is such an easy recipe to follow and the cooking method makes it quicker than slow cooking or smoking for hours. My husband couldn't figure out how I was able to get the meat crispy on the outside. Putting it on the oven for 10 minutes does the trick. You can use the meat for all sorts of things, like tacos, nachos, etc. Definitely one of my favorite dishes!

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Laura Griffin says:

I tried this recipe and it was fantastic! My boyfriend is the biggest carnitas fan, and he loved it so much he thought I ordered it from his favorite restaurant. I'm still new to pressure cooking, but you wouldn't know it by how easy this dish was for me to make. The orange and lime juice addition was also perfect! I can't wait to make these again.

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Christina Galvan Thompson says:

So so yummy !! I did it over yellow rice for us and it was delicious! So easy too. Started it when I made the kids dinner and it was done in time for us to eat all together !

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Hector Jonass says:

Taco Tuesday! The garlic and citrus were perfect in this. I did the finishing step under the broiler to get the pork extra crispy. It wasn't quite as "extra" as I'd hoped, but it was good! The taco truck up the street still has me beat, but I could give them a run with this, I swear! They still have better hot sauce, though. Might take too long to be a weeknight recipe depending on when you can start cooking, but you could certainly make this on a Sunday and reheat the meat on Tuesday.

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Jazzy Brewer says:

Instead of a meal prep I served this for dinner and we used to meat in burritos. Definitely one of our family favorites.

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Marieli Gomez says:

My family loves it, great taste Thank you

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Jean Carsey says:

I made it exactly by the recipe and we thought it was great!

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Karin Cintron says:

Definitely making this one again! The pork was fork tender and full of flavor. The extra step of crisping it in the oven added great texture and authenticity.

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Gina Bowlin says:

Definitely a new favorite for our family. I reduced the cinnamon by 1/2 tsp and changed salt to 1 tbsp because we made a larger portion.

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Lisa Hughes says:

Incredibly easy. Superior flavor! My family can’t wait for me to make this again. I didn’t have dried oregano so I used fresh and pulsed it with the other spices in my coffee grinder. Then tossed the spices with the pork cubes in the pot liner and into the fridge for several hours while I ran errands. Finishing in the oven and then squeezing fresh lime juice over the meat while it was still hot from the oven. Amazing!

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Chris S says:

Easy and tasty. Great for tacos. I finished it off under the broiler for extra crispiness.

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Jason Drinkwater says:

I make this at least once a month now. It’s my favorite recipe on here. Always comes out great.

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Deanna Dotson says:

These were perfect! I followed the recipe as written, even though it was different than the one I’ve used for years. My family devoured them! I made enough for 8 according to the recipe (there are five of us) and sadly, no leftovers.

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Janine Hamilton says:

My family loved this! It was quick, easy and so delicious! Will definitely add this meal to the rotation. ❤️🍽

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Jeff P says:

The cinnamon was overpowering.