These perfect paleo Instant Pot carnitas are tender, flavorful, and juicy, made in about 30 minutes. A perfect Whole30 dinner, these Whole30 carnitas are the best carnitas I’ve ever had… and that’s saying something. Instant Pot carnitas are so freaking good, easy, and quick, they might just become your new go-to during the week! You’ve absolutely got to have an Instant Pot – life changer. Click here to buy one.
I lost these photos.
I knew I wanted to share them with you today, since they’re kind of perfect for Whole30 dinners in the summer, right? They require like zero effort and are made in the Instant Pot. Translation: no heating up the house and more time spent outside, watching your toddler run through the sprinkler, laughing maniacally and trying to blackmail the dog into doing the same.
You know, like, for instance.
So I kept scouring my Lightroom collections, looking for “Instant Pot carnitas”, but nothing! I started getting worried when it dawned on me that I could just search my catalog for the batch. And there they were…
“perfect instant pot carnitas”
Of course! Of course of course of course. Of course I would name them that even to myself because they’re that insanely good. Of course I wouldn’t do something reasonable, label them something organized and easy to find, right? No, because, when you make the perfect paleo Instant Pot carnitas, you go all in.
I love making carnitas at home to start with. It’s a smarter-not-harder thing: a big, cheap piece of meat that requires like no effort and packs a perfect flavor punch. They’re versatile and keep well, perfect with salsas over lettuce as a sort of Chipotle copycat burrito bowl or over cauliflower rice or in tacos or on nachos.
And my paleo Crockpot carnitas recipe is amazing. The carnitas are tender, juicy, and full of flavor; they’re made with economical pork tenderloin and produce a bunch. The recipe is ridiculously easy, too: dump, wait, brown. Tada!
But I have to admit… this perfect paleo Instant Pot carnitas recipe is even better. Something about the Instant Pot produces the most tender carnitas I’ve ever had, ever, and the cinnamon and orange juice is heady and just right. I rubbed the whole tenderloin with a rich, smoky spice mix, covered it with aromatics and fresh citrus juices. 15 minutes later?
Paleo Instant Pot Carnitas perfection.
If I could literally twist your arm to try these, I would. They’re that good and that easy. And quite honestly, I’m not sure I’ll ever, ever make them another way. Of course, you really need an Instant Pot to tackle this recipe, but if you don’t have one, my paleo Crockpot carnitas are just delicious.
To make these, I used…
Perfect Paleo Instant Pot Carnitas (Whole30)
These perfect paleo Instant Pot carnitas are tender, flavorful, and juicy, made in about 30 minutes. A perfect Whole30 dinner, these Whole30 carnitas are the best carnitas I've ever had... and that's saying something. Instant Pot carnitas are so freaking good, easy, and quick, they might just become your new go-to during the week!
- 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil plus more for browning
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin , excess fat trimmed, cubed
Carnitas Cooking Juice
- 1 onion , peeled, quartered
- 4 garlic cloves , minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
Mix all rub ingredients together, minus pork tenderloin, and rub onto pork tenderloin. You can let this sit and dry marinade for up to two hours; if you have the time, I highly recommend it. Otherwise, continue on with the directions.
Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté mode and add a drizzle of olive oil or avocado oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Add rubbed pork tenderloin and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides.
Add these ingredients to the Instant Pot over the browned pork. Secure lid and cook on Manual at high pressure for 15 minutes. Quick release, remove the pork and shred (or use a potato masher to shred).
Preheat your broiler. Place amount of carnitas to be served on a parchment-lined baking sheet and ladle with a bit of cooking juice. Broil 3 minutes. Stir and broil another 2-3 minutes, watching so as not to burn. Serve.
Keep with juices in an airtight container in the fridge one week. Before serving each time, follow broiling instructions. Don't skip the browny bits!
Adapted from this awesome recipe.