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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot Carnitas Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are an awesome make ahead Paleo and Whole30 lunch or dinner. It's only a few ingredients and tastes amazing! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
preheat time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 487kcal
Author Lauren


  • 4 Medium sweet potatoes around 10-12 ounces
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 pounds pork butt cut into 4-inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 small onion roughly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water or bone broth


  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 2 small avocados halved and sliced



  • PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 425˚ and line a baking sheet with foil. Pierce the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork and bake for 45 minutes or until tender. 
  • After the potatoes have finished cooking and have cooled, scoop out the centers of the potatoes to allow additional room for carnitas and reserve sweet potatoes for another recipe. 


  • Heat the instant pot on the Sauté setting
  • HEAT THE OLIVE OIL in the instant pot, make sure the bottom is coated evenly. When the oil is hot, add the pork and brown all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the pork from the pot and set aside.
  • ADD ONION to the pot and stir until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring vigorously to prevent burning, around 60 seconds and return pork to the pot. 
  • ADD WATER, chili powder and cinnamon. Cover the pot and change setting to Pressure Cook High for 25 minutes. When finished cooking allow pressure to release manually or naturally (around 20 minutes).
  • REMOVE FROM THE POT with a slotted spoon, and shred with a fork, discarding the fat pieces. To crisp, heat a cast iron skillet with 1 Tablespoon of cooking fat and add the meat pieces.
  • STUFF THE POTATOES with around 5 ounces of carnitas and top with green onions, lime juice, avocado and juice from the instant pot. 


  • Altered from the Whole30 Cookbook
  • Nutrition information does not include toppings, but does include 4 ounces of baked potato and 6 ounces of carnitas


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1584mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 27400IU | Vitamin C: 38.8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.4mg