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Instant Pot Carnitas Rice Bowl

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Are you a fan of Carnitas? if so you will love this super simple and easy Instant Pot Carnitas Rice Bowl. Carnitas known as “little meats” in Spanish are so good and this delicious pressure cooker pork and rice dish is no exception! Trust me, you’ll love it!

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What Can I Do With Pork Carnitas Meat?

Are you a fan of Carnitas? if so you will love this super simple and easy Instant Pot carnitas rice bowl. Carnitas known as “little meats” in Spanish are so good and this delicious pressure cooker pork and rice dish is no exception! Trust me, you’ll love it!

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Carnitas meat is fantastic to use in so many dishes. You can use carnitas in tacos, burritos, quesadilla, and nachos. This recipe combines carnitas with rice and makes a great filling meal for the family.

You may want to serve this with a fresh mango salad or a pineapple salsa!

Ingredients For easy Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

For anyone who hasn’t experienced the glory of a delicious and easy Instant Pot pork carnitas rice bowl, let me just say that you’re missing out. These juicy, flavor-packed carnitas are made with just a few simple ingredients and can be on the table in less than an hour.

Plus, they’re infinitely adaptable – serve them on tacos, burritos, nachos, or simply eat them straight off the fork. Trust me, once you’ve tried these carnitas, you’ll be hooked!

So what exactly do you need to make Instant Pot pork carnitas? First and foremost, you’ll need a good quality pork shoulder. Look for a cut that is well-marbled with fat – this will ensure that your carnitas are nice and moist. Next, you’ll need some aromatics to flavor the meat. I like to use onions, garlic, cumin, and chili powder, but feel free to experiment with other spices as well. Finally, you’ll need a little bit of liquid to help the carnitas cook evenly in the Instant Pot. Chicken stock or water will work fine.

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, simply throw everything into the Instant Pot and let it do its thing. Here is the list of ingredients:

  • 2.5 Lbs Pork Shoulder
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 TBSP minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice 
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
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HOW TO MAKe a carnitas rice bowl

To make a delicious carnitas and rice bowl, you will need to start by preparing the carnitas. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, but don’t want to spend hours cooking, then this recipe is for you. With the help of an Instant Pot, you can have a delicious Instant Pot carnitas rice bowl on the table in less than an hour. And best of all, it’s a one-pot meal, so there’s minimal cleanup afterwards.

STEP ONE:

TURN YOUR INSTANT POT ON TO SAUTÉ FUNCTION. SET ASIDE AND ALLOW TO HEAT UP WHILE YOU MAKE THE MARINADE.

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STEP TWO:

IN A SMALL BOWL OR MEASURING CUP, ADD YOUR WATER, LIME JUICE, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, TOMATO PASTE, CUMIN, CHILI POWDER, AND SALT. MIX WELL UNTIL FULLY INCORPORATED.

STEP THREE:

ONCE YOUR INSTANT POT IS HOT, POUR IN YOUR COOKING OIL. ADD YOUR ONIONS, AND SAUTÉ FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES UNTIL COOKED WELL. 

STEP FOUR:

PLACE YOUR PORK IN THE POT, AND POUR THE MARINADE OVER THE MEAT, AND TOP WITH THE MINCED GARLIC. 

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STEP FIVE:

CLOSE THE INSTANT POT BY TWISTING THE LID ON AND CLOSING THE VALVE BY PUSHING IT AWAY FROM YOU. SET THE INSTANT POT TO HIGH PRESSURE FOR 1 HOUR. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO BUILD PRESSURE.

ONCE YOUR TIMER IS DONE, ALLOW THE INSTANT POT TO NATURALLY RELEASE FOR ANOTHER 15 MINUTES.

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STEP SIX:

ONCE THE 15 MINUTES IS DONE, MANUALLY RELEASE THE INSTANT POT BY USING A HOT PAD OR TOWEL TO TWIST THE VALVE TOWARD YOU AND OPEN.

STEP SEVEN:

REMOVE THE MEAT FROM THE INSTANT POT TO A CUTTING BOARD. SHRED WITH TWO FORKS.ENJOY YOUR PORK CARNITAS WITH RICE, AND A TACO TOPPED WITH CILANTRO AND LIME, OR JUST BY ITSELF! ENJOY!

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How to Make Easy Instant Pot Carnitas Rice Bowl Packed With Flavor

Making great Instant Pot carnitas is easy with this recipe! Packed with flavor, this dish is perfect for a busy weeknight meal or entertaining friends and family. The key to making flavorful carnitas is to use quality ingredients. Serve the carnitas on a bed of rice with some chopped cilantro, diced avocado, and lime wedges for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Yield: 2-3

Instant Pot Carnitas Rice Bowl: Packed With Flavor

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

turn your instant pot on to sauté function. set aside and allow to heat up while you make the marinade

in a small bowl or measuring cup, add your water, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, and salt. mix well until fully incorporated.

once your instant pot is hot, pour in your cooking oil. add your onions, and sauté for about 3 minutes until cooked well. 

place your pork in the pot, and pour the marinade over the meat, and top with the minced garlic.

close the instant pot by twisting the lid on and closing the valve by pushing it away from you. set the instant pot to high pressure for 1 hour. it will take some time to build pressure.

once your timer is done, allow the instant pot to naturally release for another 15 minutes.

once the 15 minutes is done, manually release the instant pot by using a hot pad or towel to twist the valve toward you and open.

remove the meat from the instant pot to a cutting board. shred with two forks.enjoy your pork carnitas with rice, and a taco topped with cilantro and lime, or just by itself! enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Lbs Pork Shoulder
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 TBSP minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions

    turn your instant pot on to sauté function. set aside and allow to heat up while you make the marinade

    in a small bowl or measuring cup, add your water, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, and salt. mix well until fully incorporated.

    once your instant pot is hot, pour in your cooking oil. add your onions, and sauté for about 3 minutes until cooked well. 

    place your pork in the pot, and pour the marinade over the meat, and top with the minced garlic.

    close the instant pot by twisting the lid on and closing the valve by pushing it away from you. set the instant pot to high pressure for 1 hour. it will take some time to build pressure.

    once your timer is done, allow the instant pot to naturally release for another 15 minutes.

    once the 15 minutes is done, manually release the instant pot by using a hot pad or towel to twist the valve toward you and open.

    remove the meat from the instant pot to a cutting board. shred with two forks.enjoy your pork carnitas with rice, and a taco topped with cilantro and lime, or just by itself! enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1849Total Fat: 137gSaturated Fat: 46gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 79gCholesterol: 510mgSodium: 2845mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 135g

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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