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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
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5 bowls
Calories 259kcal


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


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



The nutrition facts is only for the carnitas recipe. 


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