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Carnitas Aguascalientes (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)

Yields25 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time1 hr 40 minsTotal Time1 hr 50 mins

 8 lbs Bone in Pork Shoulder/Butt
 1 Red Onion (Chopped)
 2 tsp Minced Garlic
 3 dashes Red Pepper Flakes
 1 tsp Ground Cumin
 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
 2 tsp Salt
 2 tsp Ground Pepper
 2 tsp Oregano
 2 tsp Bay Leaves (or 2 Bay Leaves)
 3 cups Orange Juice
 ½ Lime
 1 cup Chicken Broth
 Salsa or Pico de Gallo

Here are the homies. Pretty simple ingredients that most people already have at home. (Chicken broth was hiding)


Cut up your pork into 5 or 6 even pieces. Leave the bone in. Cut around it if you have to.


Turn on your Instant Pot to sauté. If doing this in a slow cooker, you will need a pan and your stove.


Sashay, sauté! You just want to sear the pork on the outside. Make sure that you flip it fast because it does tend to stick and fizzle.


Once all pieces are seared. Set them to the side.


You should have a good amount of grease from the pork- if not add some olive oil. Sauté your onion.


When your onion is nice and soft, add your garlic and cook for a minute.


Add your red pepper flakes. Just a few dashes will do.


Add your ground cumin.


Add ground cinnamon. YUM.


Add in your salt. Be careful not to add too much! The pork will add a salty flavor.


Toss in your ground pepper.


Add your oregano.


Add your bay leaves.


Add in the orange juice. (No pulp)


Stir and mix well.


Toss in half of a lime. Leave the skin on! Yeah! Secret ingredient- ding ding ding!


Now we add in our chicken broth. Stir again and mix well.


Pile in your pork! Make sure it's not too crammed- also remember we are keeping the bone in!


Turn on your Instant Pot and set to pressure cook for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Make sure you set your valve to seal!
For those using a slow cooker you will probably need about 8-10 hours.


What to do in 1 hour and 10 mins!? UM clean up and get your garnish prepped! Then pretend you are putting on a baile folklorico performance!


When the time is up, do a quick release of pressure for your Instant Pot. The liquid will be very hot! Be careful! For slow cookers- carefully remove the lid.


You whole house should smell absolutely amazing. It makes me want to give a big 'grito'! Aaaaaaaayyyyyy ahh haaaa haaaaaaiiiiii!


If you are serving these as carnitas, cut them up into smaller cubed pieces. You can pop them in the broiler to crisp up the outsides.


If you are serving these as taquitos, shred them up! Definitely, broil until the outer layer/pieces are crispy.


I found that Mission Street Size flour tortillas work best. They also have corn tortillas- but that choice is up to you.
The mini flour tortillas can be heated up in the microwave for about a minute. I lay out about four or five on a plate and cover with a damp napkin.

Garnish with pico de gallo, cilantro and a slice of lime on the side. HEAVEN!!

If serving as carnitas, the Cilantro Lime Rice pairs really well!


I premade some for a friend and her family. You can do this if you are doing meal prep. They are so easy to reheat!


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 25

Amount Per Serving
Calories 443
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31.2g48%

Saturated Fat 11.4g58%
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 316mg14%
Potassium 561mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 4.1g2%

Dietary Fiber .4g2%
Sugars 2.7g
Protein 34.3g69%

Calcium 3%
Iron 14%
Vitamin D 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.