Instant Pot Pork Carnitas - Keto and Low Carb
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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas - Keto and Low Carb

Tender and juicy shredded pork made in the Instant Pot, crisped under the broiler and served Mexican style with Pico de Gallo, fresh avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Keto Cooking Christian


  • 4 pound boneless pork shoulder trimmed and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup  chicken stock  see my recipe
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeds and rib removed, finely diced
  • zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • juice and zest of 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil


  • Set your Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Add the olive oil to the pot and sear each side of the pork, remove and set aside.
  • Add in the onions, salt and pepper, then sauté for about 2 minutes, then add in the garlic and continue sautéing for another 20 seconds.
  • Next, add in the cumin, oregano, smoked paprika and allow to toast while stirring for about 10 seconds.  Stir in the chicken stock to deglaze the pot and scrape up the brown bits of flavor.  Then stir in the lime and orange juice and zest and jalapeño pepper.
  • Add the pork back in and place the bay leaf on top.  Lock the lid in place and set the valve to sealing.
  • Turn the pressure cook/manual setting to high pressure for 90 minutes, then allow it to release the pressure naturally.  If you're pressed for time, you can quick release after 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove the pork and pull apart.  You will not need a knife, it will fall apart easily!  Place the shredded pork on a baking sheet in one single layer, pour some of the juices over the top and broil for 5-7 minutes or until the meat crisps up to your liking. You don't want to crowd the pan, otherwise it will steam instead of crisping up.  Keep a close eye on it, because it can go from crispy to burnt very quickly!
  • Serve with a generous squeeze of lime in a Keto friendly tortilla, or lettuce cup.  Garnish with Pico de Gallo, avocado, sour cream and fresh chopped cilantro.  Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze.



Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sugar: 1g