Instant Pot Carnitas + Green Sauce

Do you have an Instant Pot? It’s seriously one of my most favorite kitchen gadgets!

I love a good slow cooked meal, but I’m honestly the worst slow cooker user ever (bad grammar, if you can’t handle it see you later!). Anyways, I never remember in the morning to put the ingredients together. It’ll be nap time and I finally remember AH!!!! Dinner! Slow Cooker! NOOOO! -Thats honestly how it plays out every time I want to use the slow cooker.

Insert Instant Pot. You can have a delicious, taste like it was slow cooked, homemade dinner in under an HOUR. AN HOUR PEOPLE! Sorry for screaming at you, but guys.. this was life changing for me!

I made these Pork Carnitas on Monday afternoon at 3:45. They were ready for my boys to eat at 5. Juicy, flavorful, + the kids asked for seconds, and thirds which, lets be honest, never happens. So if you don’t have one, spend the $100, if you can and get yourself one! Also, they make the best hardboiled eggs ever. The eggs take 15 minutes to cook and they come out perfectly done and I have never had trouble peeling them. #notsponsoredIjustlovethismachine Back to the star of this post! We love pulled pork. Stuart is amazing and usually does a big pork butt on the big green egg for us (maybe he should guest post? I think so!!) and we have meat all week. I love not having to think about what protein we will have for dinner! If the pork butts aren’t on sale or we don’t want to wait for the 10+ hour cooking time to do it on the Egg I get us the boneless pork shoulder roast and throw it in the instant pot. It definitely doesn’t have the smoky flavor, but it’s just as juicy and a lot easier.
Taco form is definitely a favorite way to eat them, but we also put the carnitas on salads, in taquitos, + with our eggs! Seriously we love this stuff! The boys especially love the pork sandwiched between a Hawaiian Roll. I also have to stop for a second and mention this green sauce. I make it every week, no lie. Its easy, quick, and makes the best taco topper, chip dipper, and salad dresser EVER! 

This is the perfect, easy meal for Cinco De Mayo! Add in some queso, pico de gallo, margs, + your good to go!! Plus you’ll have leftovers for the weekend and that’s just the best am I right!? Remember to follow along on Instagram for more food pics + cute baby pics!

PS: This can totally be done in the slow cooker. Put the meat in the slow cooker and turn on low for 6-8 hours! I haven’t used this recipe in my slow cooker since I’ve gotten the Instant Pot, but it works just the same..just takes a lot longer!

Instant Pot Carnitas + Green Sauce


2 lb boneless pork shoulder roast/carnitas, cut into big cubes

1 onion, roughly diced

3 cloves of garlic, finely diced



garlic powder

onion powder

smoked paprika

1 tbsp olive oil/canola oil

juice of 1 lime

1 cup chicken broth

Green Sauce

2 medium sized avocados

1 jalapeno, roughly diced

1 c greek yogurt or sour cream

1 c herdez verde salsa

1/2 onion, roughly diced

2 cloves of garlic

juice from 1 lime

1 bunch of cilantro



    Pork Carnitas

    Set your Instant Pot to the Saute function. While the Instant Pot is heating up season your pork shoulder with two teaspoon of each salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika. Add a tablespoon of oil in the bottom of the instant pot and then add in the meat to brown. Flip meat over after about 5 minutes. Once the meat is browned add in the juice of 1 lime and the chicken stock. Set the Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 40 minutes. Once the meat is cooked and the timer is done let the pot naturally release, this should take about another 20 minutes. While the pressure is coming down turn the oven broiler on. Once the pressure has released take the meat out and place on baking sheet. Shred it with forks or tongs. Place in the oven under the broiler for 3 minutes. Stir the meat around and place back under broiler for 2 minutes. Take out of oven and enjoy!

    Green Sauce

    Add all ingredients into food processor or blender. Blend until ingredients are all combined, and dip is smooth. Enjoy as a dip, salad dressing, or taco topper!


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