Cinco De Mayo is here so this recipe is a perfect festive dish to make. You know how much I love my Instant Pot so I thought I would cook carnitas in the handy dandy Instant Pot. Traditionally, you do this in a big, heavy pot, and stir the seasonings into the oil and then let the pork cook over a really low flame until it’s falling apart. Then you turn up the heat briefly to sear it. The end result is meat that’s crisp on the outside, but tender enough to pull apart with a fork. YUM!
The slow cooker method is basically throwing all the ingredients together in the slow cooker, letting cook for 8 hours or longer till the meat is able to shredded apart easily. Once that is done you transfer it to a oven safe dish and cook it for additional 30 min, or until the meat gets crispy and the juices boil down. Leaving you with delicious crispy carnitas!
Instant Pot Carnitas in half the time!
Now that we are in 2017 we have amazing kitchen gadgets such as the Instant Pot, which essentially is a pressure cooker. Back in day people used to use pressure cookers to cook their meals but the risk of the lids blowing off were very scary!!! Fast forward to our decade and they have made a NEW safer kitchen friendly pressure cooker which is my number one friend in my kitchen! Click here to see the version I use.
Carnitas can be made, literally in less then 2 hours with the meat shredded and nicely tender!
I decided to experiment in the kitchen and use chipotle peppers in my recipe to give it a little spin off the traditional way of making a mexican carnitas recipe. Adding the chipotle peppers gives this recipe a great kick! So if you like spicy then this recipe is for you! I served this recipe with traditional Mexican rice for my family. I had it with cilantro cauliflower rice and it paired very well with the chipolte carnitas.
We enjoyed making tacos with corn tortillas (the kids/husband) and I had lettuce cups. Guacamole and fresh pico de gallo salsa as our topping and we all had a perfect taco Tuesday meal. The Crispy literally adds a whole unami to the recipe!