Quick Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe

Quick Pork Carnitas Tacos

Serves 6

When you're short on time, use a pressure cooker to create delicious pulled pork in about an hour.


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 medium white onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Radish slices
  • Lime wedges


  1. Place pork into insert of pressure cooker along with onion, garlic, broth, orange juice, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cumin, and soy sauce. Mix well.
  2. Set pressure cooker to HIGH and cook 35 minutes. Use natural release method.
  3. Transfer pork to a rimmed sheet pan large enough to hold pork in a single layer (reserve cooking liquid). Use two forks to shred pork. Drizzle pork with a little of the cooking liquid. Season with salt, to taste.
  4. Preheat broiler and place baking sheet on top rack of oven. Broil until the top of pork is crispy, about 8 minutes. Stir well and return to oven for another 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt.
  5. Serve shredded pork in warm tortillas topped with salsa, onion, and cilantro. Serve with radishes and lime.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 620
Fat: 22 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 195 mg
Sodium: 760 mg
Carbohydrates: 38 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 13 g
Protein: 64 g
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