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Instant Pot Carnitas + Mango Salsa

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Anyone else love Mexican food the most?! This one was a hit in our home. And, Joe gave me the highest compliment "This might be the BEST thing you've ever made me!"

There is nothing like when your boys love and enjoy your food.

PS... by the time he tried it, it was second leftovers- meaning it had been frozen and wasn't even fresh. You know, some recipes are like that, they are better the second time around. What is something you love as leftovers?

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Instant Pot Carnitas

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Image Compliments of: Lemon Blossoms

Bring a taste of Mexico in with this delectable and easy carnitas recipe! What a fun way to spice up #tacotuesday!

Before you begin grab yourself an Instant Pot I LOVE ours!!! It's the perfect size for a small family and it saves soooo much cooking time!



  • 1 (4-pounds) boneless pork shoulder roast trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil

  • 1 (12-ounces) Mexican beer (Pilsner or lager beer)

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice or 2 drops Lime Vitality Oil

  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp Salt

  • 2 tsp Black Pepper

  • 2 tsp Chili Powder

  • 1 tsp dried Oregano

  • 1 tsp Onion Powder

  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin

  • Chopped cilantro to garnish (optional) or 3 drops Cilantro Vitality Oil

  • Warm corn tortillas

  • Toppings: chopped onions, chopped cilantro, salsa, crumbled Queso Fresco, lime wedges


  • Click the "Saute" setting on the instant pot. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and working in 2 batches, add the pork pieces and sear until evenly brown, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer the meat to a bowl or plate and proceed with the remaining oil and pork. Remove the browned pork from the instant pot and press "cancel" to turn off the heat.

  • Pour the beer, orange juice and lime juice into the pressure cooker and using a wooden spoon scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits stuck to the bottom. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and return the pork and any collected juices to the instant pot.

  • Close the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position. Cook on HIGH pressure for 60 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes before fully releasing the pressure. Then remove the lid.

  • Remove the pork from the pressure cooker and shred the meat. Meanwhile turn the pressure cooker to "Saute" mode and reduce the liquid for about 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

  • Return the shredded pork to the instant pot and toss to get the meat all coated with the cooking liquid. Press "cancel" to turn off the heat.

  • Turn on the oven broiler to high. The oven rack should be at about 6 inches from the heat source.

  • Transfer the pork to a baking sheet and spread the meat into an even layer. Spoon about 2 – 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid over the pork and broil for about 4-5 minutes or or until the edges of the pork begin browning. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and with a spatula, flip the meat over. Broil for an additional 4 -5 minutes to get the meat browned and crispy on the edges. Remove from the oven. You can pour some extra cooking liquid over the pork or serve as is sprinkled with some chopped cilantro (optional).

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Recipe kindly borrowed from Lemon Blossoms


Pineapple Mango Salsa

This recipe is one of my fave salsa recipes of all time. I love it on chips for an afternoon snack. But, it's especially good on carnitas!!!


Video Demo of Pineapple Mango Salsa


Baking and cooking has long been a love of mine. There is something about sharing food I've created with my hands for those I love. It's a long language for me to get to host, feed, and partake with my friends and family. So, I hope you enjoy the recipes on our blog for your own family.

Happy Cooking,



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