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Instant Pot Carnitas Meal Prep Bowls

Instant Pot carnitas are a quick and easy way to satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican food. Pork with crispy edges with a variety of toppings will please a crowd or your family. 
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course, meal-prep
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot, meal-prep, pork shoulder
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Natural Release 35 minutes
Servings 5 bowls
Calories 259kcal

Ingredients

For the carnitas

For the tomato salsa

  • ¼ cup red onion chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomato cut in half
  • ½ cup cucumber diced
  • ¼ cup jalapeno without seeds and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper optional

For the sauté bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 red bell peppers sliced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers sliced
  • 2 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder

Instructions

For the carnitas

  • Click the “Sauté” setting on the Instant Pot. Add the oil and half of the pork and sear for about 1 minutes each side or until the pork is browned on all sides.
  • Transfer pork to a plate, and repeat with the remaining pork.
  • Press “Cancel” bottom on the Instant Pot.
  • Bring the pork to the Instant Pots and add cumin, chili, salt and black pepper, bay leaves, red onion and chicken broth.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 20 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure (mine took about 35 minutes).
  • Remove all the carnitas and transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet, discard the bay leaves and ladle some of the sauce on top.
  • Broil the meat for 10 minutes, stirring the pork after 5 minutes.

For the salsa

  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and toss well to combine.

For the sauté bell pepper

  • In a large skillet, pour olive oil and add onions, bell peppers and all the seasonings.
  • Stir fry for 5-10 minutes on medium heat. The time will depend on how tender you prefer your veggies to be.

Meal Prepping

Video

Notes

The nutrition facts is only for the carnitas recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1/5 | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 1g