Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork–fall apart tender pork is cooked in your pressure cooker and then a few extra ingredients are added to give the meat a southwestern flare. This pork is perfect for tacos, salads, nachos and burritos!
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Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork
Today’s recipe is for Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork and the slow cooker version of this recipe is one of my very favorite ways to make pork. I love it! All you do is cook the pork until it’s fall apart tender, drain off all the juices and then add in some seasonings and a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos. These are a little harder to find than diced tomatoes with green chiles (Rotel) but they are the key to this recipe being so yummy. So search them out!
I have read a lot about cooking times for the Instant Pot and it’s interesting to note that there is a lot of variety on what is said about how long to cook different types of foods. I guess that means I’ll just have to experiment for myself and make up my own mind. For this pork I decided to cook it for longer than the times that I read. The reason? I wanted it to be totally shreddable by the time it was done. Plus it was quite a large piece of pork. I decided to cook it for 70 minutes, plus the natural pressure release time. So it was in the pot for probably an hour and 40 minutes. Time to heat up (15), time to cook (70), time to release (20). I bought this piece of meat at Winco on sale and it was labeled “pork carnitas.” I’m not sure what cut of pork that was but I’m assuming it was shoulder although most all of the excess fat had been cut off. It was a total win whatever it was because it only cost me $1.38 a pound and it tasted delicious.
You can use this pork for burritos, tacos, salads, enchiladas, quesadillas, sandwiches etc. It’s a perfect thing to make for a family reunion or for serving crowd. This cut of meat went a super long way… after the meat was shredded it seemed to expand!
Instant Pot and Crockpot Pork Recipes
So you bought a bunch of pork on sale and aren’t sure what to do with it? Here are some fun pork recipe ideas:
Easy pressure cooker pulled pork from Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot pork barbacoa from What’s Cookin’ Chicago
Instant Pot pulled pork sandwiches from Center Cut Cook
What Instant Pot Did You Use?
For this Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork recipe I used this Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker. It’s 6 quarts, so the same size as most slow cookers. It cost me around $80 on Amazon.
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Fall apart tender pork is cooked in your pressure cooker and then a few extra ingredients are added to give the meat a southwestern flare. This pork is perfect for tacos, salads, nachos and burritos!
- 1 large onion, cut into large slices
- 2 cups chicken broth (or water with chicken bouillon)
- 4-5 lbs pork carnitas meat or pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomato with jalapenos
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- Place onions in bottom of Instant Pot. Pour in the broth. Place pork on top of the onions. Cover the pot and make sure the valve is on “sealing.” Press the manual button and set the timer to 70 minutes. Once the timer beeps let the pressure release naturally for up to 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the lid and place the meat on a cutting board. Throw away the onions and any liquid in the pot. Shred the meat and return it to the pot.
- Add in tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic salt, pepper and oregano. Stir until meat is coated evenly. Season to taste with extra salt and pepper. If you want it very saucy you can add in a can of tomato sauce.
- Serve meat in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads, sandwiches etc.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
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