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the best instant pot pork carnitas



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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total: 80 minutes

Servings: 6

Cost: $10.10 /serving


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Step 1

Combine garlic salt, chili powder, dried oregano, dried basil, cumin, ground coriander, brown sugar, and sweet paprika.

Step 2

Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork pieces and place in Instant Pot.

Step 3

Squeeze the juice from the oranges and limes over the pork. Place rinds pulp side down in Instant Pot and add 1 cup water.

Step 4

Make sure your sealing ring is in place on the lid. Lock the lid onto Instant Pot and set the steam release knob to the "sealing" position.

Step 5

Press the "manual" button and set Instant Pot for high pressure for 40 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.

Step 6

Once the 40 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Open the lid.

Step 7

Preheat oven broiler. Shred the pork using two forks then use a slotted spoon to remove the pork, and place on a baking sheet.

Step 8

Taste the pork for saltiness. You may want to sprinkle some additional salt on top. (I especially like using my homemade citrus salts at this stage of the recipe!

Step 9

Place underneath broiler until tips of pork are browned and slightly crisp, about 3-5 minutes. (Don’t walk away from it. Keep an eye on meat to make sure it doesn’t burn or become overly browned).

Step 10

Add sliced onions to a medium bowl. Pour enough boiling water over them to fully cover and count to Drain onions and place in jar or bowl.

Step 11

Heat vinegar, lime juice, 1/8 cup sugar, chili flakes and salt in small saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.

Step 12

Taste for sweetness and add more sugar as needed.

Step 13

Pour vinegar mixture over onions.

Step 14

Allow to stand at room temperature, until fully cooled. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Step 15


Step 16

Warm up Mission Organics® White Corn Tortillas in oven (best served warm for full flavor)

Step 17

Place carnitas in tortillas and serve topped with sliced avocado and cilantro. Pass around extra limes for garnish.

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