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Slow Cooker / Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowls.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowls

Mouthwatering Pork Carnitas built up into a delicious burrito bowl.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword burrito bowl, burrito bowl recipe, instant pot pork carnitas, pork carnitas, pork carnitas recipe, slow cooker pork carnitas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 324 kcal
Author Samantha

Ingredients

Pork Carnitas:

  • 3-4 lbs boneless pork shoulder*
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small tomatoes (on-the-vine preferred) chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cups orange juice, or juice from 2 oranges
  • 3 medium limes, juiced

Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa:

  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 medium long English cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium jalapeño, chopped (seeds removed to reduce spice level), optional
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt (or more to taste)

Burrito Bowls:

  • 4 cups cooked rice*

Optional garnishes:

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes or chunky salsa
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 medium avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup guacamole

Instructions

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas:

  1. In a small bowl combine kosher salt, chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Rub all over pork shoulder and place in slow cooker.

  2. Add garlic, tomatoes, stock, orange juice, and lime juice to slow cooker.

  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

  4. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred (pull apart) with 2 forks or hands. Remove and discard any large pieces of fat.

  5. Place meat back into slow cooker with juices and mix to combine.

  6. Preheat oven broiler. Place meat onto a foil lined baking sheet (some juices will remain in Slow Cooker and can be discarded) and place under broiler until pork begins to crisp and top starts to brown further, about 5-10 minutes.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas:

  1. Cut pork into 4-6 smaller pieces (about 4" wide each).

  2. In a small bowl combine kosher salt, chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Rub all over pork shoulder.

  3. Add garlic, tomatoes, stock, orange juice, and lime juice to Instant Pot.

  4. Add seasoned pork to instant pot (trivet not required).

  5. Close Instant Pot, seal valve, and cook at HIGH PRESSURE for 22 minutes. Allow for natural release.

  6. Carefully open lid to Instant Pot once valve has dropped naturally and lid is unlocked. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred (pull apart) with 2 forks or hands. Remove and discard any large pieces of fat.

  7. Place meat back into Instant Pot with juices and mix to combine.

  8. Preheat oven broiler. Place meat (some juices will remain in Instant Pot) onto a foil lined baking sheet and place under broiler until pork begins to crisp and top starts to brown further, about 5-10 minutes.

Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa:

  1. Combine pineapple, cucumber, red onion, cilantro and jalapeño in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and toss to combine.

Burrito Bowls:

  1. Place rice, salsa and pork carnitas in a bowl. Top with any desired option garnishes.

Recipe Notes

* Pork shoulder is also sold as pork butt. Both cuts are from the shoulder of pork and cook in the same fashion. 

** White or brown rice will work in this recipe. 

*** The nutritional values provided are based and inclusive of all ingredients ... they are not entirely accurate since a lot of the meat juices are discarded and the optional garnishes may not be used. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 505mg22%
Potassium 801mg23%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 589IU12%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.