Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

October 15, 2019

The next time you get a taco Tuesday craving, want a party potluck, or sublime tailgating recipe to tote to the game, try this Instant Pot pork carnitas recipe. The almost creamy tenderness of the savory pork begins melting on the tongue while the skillet-seared crackly bits of meat provide enough texture contrast to make each bite tickle the taste buds. While the prep time may seem a bit daunting for an average Tuesday night, the majority of that time is spent idly by you, as the Instant Pot does the heavy lifting to sear, steam, and soften the meat. We served these pork carnitas taco style, with grain-free tortillas, a luscious avocado crema made with our Cilantro Lime Dressing, raw thinly sliced onions, and fresh cilantro. But you can also serve them in lettuce cups, as an epic topper for nachos, as a switch-up from ground beef in a taco salad, or straight out of the pot. 

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

Time: 2 hours, 66 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 3 to 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 4 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
  • 5 limes, juiced
  • 8 Siete Foods Almond Flour Tortillas*
  • 2 large avocados, mashed
  • ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • ¼ cup red onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

*Can use large pieces butter or romaine lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.


  • Cut 1-inch deep slits all over the pork. Mix together 1 tablespoon salt, granulated garlic, and lime zest. Rub the pork all over with the mixture. Ideally, let the seasoned meat sit out 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Set Instant Pot (or other brand of electric pressure cooker) to sauté and add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil. Add pieces of pork and sear until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes a side.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

  • Put lid on pressure cooker, and set to cook for 90 minutes on high pressure.
  • Manually release steam when cooking is complete. Remove the meat from the broth.
  • Place meat on a wood cutting board or a large plate. Pull the meat apart with 2 forks until completely shredded (leaving some larger chunks is fine).
  • In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons avocado oil.
  • When pan is hot, add pork in 2 batches. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and the juice from 2 limes. Sear until just beginning to crisp. 

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

  • Ladle over ½ cup of broth left in the Instant Pot, and continue cooking until the juices reduce and the meat is crispy. Repeat with other batch of meat. 
  • Cut open avocados and remove the pits. Using a spoon, scoop out the green flesh of the fruit and place into a large bowl. Add the juice from 1 lime to the avocado. Using a fork, mash the avocado until all large chunks are smoothed. Stir in ¼ cup Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Dressing.
  • Warm tortillas in a pan over medium heat until pliable. 
  • Place tortillas onto plates. Add about 3 ounces carnitas to each tortilla and 1 tablespoon avocado crema per tortilla. Sprinkle with sliced onions and cilantro. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

Nutritional information (per serving)*: 

Calories: 482

Carbs: 16 grams

Fat: 36.3 grams

Protein: 24 grams   

*One serving is: 1 almond flour tortilla with 3 ounces carnitas, 2 tablespoons avocado crema, and about a tablespoon of sliced onion and cilantro. 

Nutritional information calculated using Cronometer.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas with Avocado Crema

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