Mexican Pork Carnitas

Mexican Pork Carnitas

If you have never had pork carnitas before you are really missing a Mexican treat to die for!

These are best cooked in a pressure cooker because the meat turns out moist and succulent. This recipe is delicious cooked in either an electric pressure cooker that has a browning element or a stove top pressure cooker.  You won’t go wrong using the Fagor Futuro Pressure Cooker,  it is a dream for cooking any pressure cooker meat or meal.


  • 4 pound pork should (or butt) roast
  • poek butt4 garlic cloves
  • Parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 can or bottle beer (lager is best)
  • I package corn tortillas
  • tomatoes
  • onions


  1. Juice lemon
  2. onions and tomatoesRemove seeds and chop jalapeno pepper
  3. Chop cilantro in 1/4 inch pieces
  4. Peel and slice garlic cloves in 1/4 pieces
  5. Cut  slices into pork roast and insert a slice of garlic close.  One piece per slice.
  6. Chop tomatoes and onions.


I think one of the new electric pressure cookers would work great with this recipe. The Instant Pot Duo 7 would be a quick and easy addition to your kitchen or a gift for a special person in your life.

The Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker

In the pressure cooker pot, heat oil and add pork and brown on all sides. Many people skip this step, but I think the caramelization adds another depth of flavor.

Mix  cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lemon juice and and parsley in a bowl and place over pork roast.

Pour beer over the top.

Close and lock the lid. Bring to high pressure.  High pressure on my pressure cooker is when the indicator is showing three sections.  Make sure you know what high pressure is on your pressure cooker.

Reduce heat to lowest setting and set timer and cook for one hour and 15 minutes.  Low pressure is when the heat is reduced and there is only one indicator showing.  Use the natural release method before opening.

Discard jalapeno pepper and cilantro.

Remove pork  and place on a platter and cover with foil for about 15-20 minutes before shredding with two forks.  Cleans hands are also a great tool for shredding.

Serving Suggestions:

Place corn tortillas in microwave wrapped in waxed paper and cook for 30 seconds.

Spoon meat some meat into a tortilla and top with tomatoes and onions. Close tortilla.  — ENJOY!

Tex-Mex Goodies

Always have plenty of guacamole, limes, shredded cheese, salsa, hot sauce and sour cream available when serving a Tex-Mex meal. And don’t forget the chips!

guacamole and chips