Easy Instant Pot Carnitas and Piñata Apple Salsa

My picky son is OBSESSED with these Instant Pot Carnitas and truth be told he is pretty into that Piñata Apple Salsa too! It isn’t often that I hit one out of the park these days with him, but this one is a home run. Honestly, some days it feels like I spend more time trying to get him to eat than I do cooking. It’s SO frustrating!

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A gold bowl of apple salsa and a plate carnitas with lime wedges on the side and fresh red onions and cilantro on top.

There is one dish though that he is always down for – carnitas!

Like, we’re talking 3 sides of carnitas in a Chipotle DIY taco kit! ( Just in case you don’t know what that is, it’s a whole lot.) Anyways, seeing as though my wallet/food blogger pride can’t handle hitting up our local Mexican fast food chain 3-4 times a week I decided I better learn how to make them.

Upon my first trip down the Google rabbit hole I realized that traditional carnitas took WAY too much time for me.

I just don’t have 3-6 hours to wait for carnitas to cook in the oven and I imagine you don’t either!  So, I devised a time saving plan using my trusty Instant Pot to cook the meat to perfection and then I shred it, toss it with some of the cooking liquid and spread it into an even layer on a sheet pan. A quick 5-8 minute stint under the broiler creates irresistible crispy carnitas that are still moist ad tender on the inside.

Instant Pot Carnitas garnished with chopped red onion and cilantro on a black plate with lime wedges and a bowl of apple salsa sit on a wooden table that also has a cutting board with whole apples on it.

In case you missed the memo from The Brady Bunch all those years ago, pork and apples are a match made in heaven!

While Alice opted for pork chops and applesauce for the Brady kids, I am opting for a fresh apple salsa for our carnitas. I ultimately decided to go with Stemilt Piñata apples for my salsa because I love their sweet and tart taste and long-lasting pineapple finish. It’s just the perfect match for those savory Instant Pot Carnitas!


Now that you’ve got your meaty main dish recipe with these Instant Pot Carnitas, here are 3 of my favorite vegetarian dishes from our site to pair with it for a Mexican inspired feast that every type of eater at our table is happy about!

tostada with refried black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, fried egg, and avocado

Crave Worthy Breakfast Tostadas || I am ALL about crossover recipes. Just like crossover music blurs the lines of country and pop, crossover recipes blur the lines of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These tostadas are a great choice morning, noon, or night and are made even better with the addition of our Easy Instant Pot Carnitas!

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Pizza recipe || Cilantro pistachio pesto + grilled corn + pickled red onions + avocado makes for one heck of a street corn inspired pizza! || @thismessisours @flatout #spon

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Pizza || This 1 recipe already combines two of my favorite eats on the planet to make one incredibly delicious summer treat, Grilled Mexican Street Corn Pizza! Sprinkling on some of these Easy Instant Pot Carnitas would only elevate this recipe even more.

fried eggs a top salad greens with black beans, salsa, and avocado

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Salad || Breakfast salads are all the rage these days and its not hard to see why! While we love the vegetarian base of this particular breakfast salad a scattering of Instant Pot Carnitas over the top would take this salad to the next level.

Have leftovers?! Here are a few of our favorite ways to eat up these Easy Instant Pot Carnitas:

Carnitas quesadillas
Carnita tacos
Carnita enchiladas
Taco Salad with carnitas
Carnita burrito bowls
Carnitas Flautas and Taquitos
With charred tortillas and scrambled eggs

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