Pork Carnitas the easy way

Carnitas are always so delicious, but I really had no idea how they cooked them until recently. No wonder they are so delicious. They boil the pork in lard, then fry it. Well I don’t think I’ll be ordering Carnitas when I go out anytime soon. But I have made Carnitas this easy and dare I say healthier way a few times now and I’m hooked.

Ok my easy method uses an old favorite….the pressure cooker.

I can’t tell enough how I love my pressure cooker. I don’t use it all the time, or every week. But when I get it out, I can’t believe I don’t use it every week. It’s amazing how quick it cooks.

I bought 4.22 lbs of “pork shoulder shoulder blade country style strips” which it easy terms is pork spare ribs on the bone. I’ve done on the bone and off the bone, and both are delicious.

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Pork Carnitas the easy way
  • 4-5 lbs pork ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  1. Place 4-5 lbs pork ribs in pressure cooker
  2. Add two cups water
  3. salt top of meat
  4. Heat meat in pressure cooker, when it comes to temperature (when the toggle on top rocks in a steady rhythm) turn on medium heat and cook 50 minutes.
  5. Remove from pressure cooker, shred pork with forks.
  6. Heat oil in skillet ( I used my cast iron skillet, but any skillet would work) and cook until crispy.

I love how crispy this is!


I serve the Carnitas with

Mexican Rice without the chicken and beans.

Another Mexican favorite of mine is

Cornbread Tamale Bites with Bacon

 Bean Dip

And for Dessert….

Non-Fried Fried Ice Cream


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    • 2

      Diane says

      Hi Laura, I made a mistake in the recipe and adjusted it, they took 50 minutes with 2 cups of water. 20 minutes would be NICE, but that would be chicken not pork. So sorry. I will hopefully be a better proofreader from now on.
      Hopping over to see yours now :)
      I have a Presto pressure cooker.

    • 10

      Diane says

      I was scared too the first time (17 years ago :) because of all the stories from my grandmother. I haven’t heard any burn stories since the newer pressure cookers lock well. I love mine and really LOVE how fast it cooks, meat comes out so tender! I cooked 10 pounds of corned beef in two batches for St. Patty’s and it was all done in 4 hours!!!

  1. 11

    Russell at Chasing Delicious says

    What a spread! And I love pork carnitas. A place down the street from me does killer carnitas but I haven’t tried ’em on my own yet. I need to change that!

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