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Quick & Easy Instant Pot Carnitas Street Tacos Recipe

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Do you have 40 minutes, an Instant Pot, and a constant craving for street tacos? If you answered “yes” to these questions then you, my friend, are in good company!

Carnitas on street taco with pico de gallo, avocado, and sour cream

I trust that your family is just as busy as mine, which means that we are always looking for quick meals that add protein to our diets and this recipe, featuring Smithfield®, does just that! In just 40 minutes you’ll have Carnitas Street Tacos that taste like you slaved in the kitchen for hours, making this the perfect weekday or weekend recipe.

Street tacos with shredded pork, sour cream, avocados and pico de gallo

Instant Pot Carnitas Street Tacos Recipe

Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Loin Filet

For this recipe we are using the Smithfield All Natural Boneless Loin Filet, which can be found in the fresh pork section of your local Walmart.

Street tacos with lime, shredded pork, avocado, sour cream, and cilantro

Of course you could bake, grill, or saute pork, but we’ll use the Instant Pot because we are looking to get good food on the table – fast!

Amazing Shredded Pork street tacos in the Instant Pot

Smithfield® Fresh Pork is proudly raised in the USA and is hand-selected based on coloring and marbling. Because of this – and the no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, no added steroids or hormones – you can SEE the quality and TASTE the difference. I must admit the meat is more tender than I was expecting in just 40 minutes.

Instant Pot Carnitas Street Tacos

12 - 20 Street Tacos

5 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Smithfield All Natural Pork Loin Filet (1.5-2 lbs.)
  • ¾ cup Orange Juice
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Jalapeno (diced, omit the seeds if you want a more mild flavor)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Street Taco Size Tortillas (Corn or Flour)
  • Avocados (sliced)
  • Homemade Pico de Gallo (finely diced tomatoes, red onions, serrano and/or jalapeno peppers, salt, pepper, and garlic)
  • Cilantro (chopped, optional)
  • Lime Wedges (optional)
  • Sour Cream (optional)


  1. Cut loin into 3 pieces, place fat side down in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Select the "Meat/Stew" option (35 mins. cook time) and let that Instant Pot go to work.
  4. Meanwhile prepare some homemade pico de gallo, chop some cilantro, cut up a couple avocados.
  5. When cooking cycle ends let your Instant Pot depressurize (naturally being the preferred method).
  6. Remove the bay leaves and discard.
  7. Remove meat, shred with a fork and add back into the Instant Pot and give a quick stir.
  8. Pour the meat mixture into a colander draining off the majority of the excess liquid.
  9. Take the desired amount of meat, put it into a pre-warmed tortilla and dress with pico de gallo, a slice or two of avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
  10. Enjoy!



2259 cal


57 g


389 g


56 g
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This recipe yields between 12 and 20 street tacos, depending on how fully you stuff them. For me, that means I need a fork because I always overstuff my tacos!

For our family of four we used about half of the meat and then let the rest marinate in the juices overnight for leftovers. And what is better than street tacos?! Using up that delicious leftover shredded pork to top tortilla chips along with cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and black olives to make some amazing shredded pork nachos the next day!

Street tacos with shredded prok, avocado, cilantro and pico de gallo

These Street Tacos are an inexpensive, easy dinner that my whole family enjoys. When you try them, let us know how much you love them!

Carnitas Street Tacos

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