Instant Pot Pork Carnitas are flavorful, tender, and delicious! They are so versatile and can be used in a variety of meals! Cook once and eat all week!!
Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
Today I bring you Instant Pot Pork Carnitas, an easy freezer dump meal and takes very little time to prep. Even better, it can be made in the slow cooker or a pressure cooker. And even better than that? You can cook one batch and then use the meat for multiple meals!! (Hallelujah!!)
We made some last week when pork shoulder roasts were on sale, and it fed us for four different meals – two nights of pulled pork street tacos, one night of pulled pork salads, and one night of pulled pork nachos! All from the same recipe.
Best of all, you can freeze the pulled pork after it has been cooked and keep it in your freezer to pull out for any of those meals at a moments notice. It’s another great staple item to have in your freezer.
It’s easy, cheap and definitely versatile! What’s not to love about all of the best time and money savings tactics all together in one meal?!?
You can prep this Instant Pot Pork Carnitas as a freezer meal, or just make right from scratch and freeze the leftovers. Traditionally, the pulled pork is browned in a skillet after it is cooked, to get a nice carmelized crust. I recommend you don’t skip this step, as it adds a great depth of flavor, but its totally doable and edible without.
If you’re making up a large batch and intend to freeze some of this for later meals, you’ll want to freeze the pulled pork after it is cooked but before you brown it. Leave the browning until you’re ready to prepare your meal to eat.
You can use this pulled carnitas pork in tacos, on salads, in burritos or enchiladas, on nachos with some Freezer Cheese Sauce, or just serve it straight up with rice! It goes great with some pico de gallo or Freezer Salsa, or garnished with a little extra lime juice and some chopped cilantro. Give this great meal multitasker a try – you will not be disappointed!
Use pulled pork in tacos, on salads, in enchiladas, in burritos, on nachos or serve it straight up! Great with pico de gallo or salsa, or garnished with a little extra lime juice and some chopped cilantro! Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.
To cook in the slow cooker:
To cook in the pressure cooker:
Serving Size: 12 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 598Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 924mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 60g
Use pulled pork in tacos, on salads, in enchiladas, in burritos, on nachos or serve it straight up! Great with pico de gallo or salsa, or garnished with a little extra lime juice and some chopped cilantro!
Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.