Mexican Pork is sometimes called Mexican Pulled Pork, or Carnitas. This recipe has the best flavor. It’s perfect in tacos, soup, stew, or other Mexican dishes.
If you are in a hurry make Mexican Pork in the Instant Pot. Or, cook it low and slow in the crock pot.
Um…my life is crazy busy, especially during the summer when we’re harvesting our crops.
It’s an all hands on deck time of the year. We drive our tractors past each other and wave. That’s what family time looks like. That’s okay though! We all like it!
But, we all still get hungry! And that’s when recipes like Mexican pulled pork are winners! Actually, it’s always a winner. But it really shines when we don’t have a even a minute to think about making meals!
Why You’ll LOVE Mexican Pork!
- Zero prep! Seriously, throw everything in the slow cooker or pressure cooker and you’re done! EASY! Quick and Easy!
- There are endless Mexican pork recipes you can make with this! Think sweet pork salad, pulled pork tacos, carnitas, pork burritos, chili, soup, stew, and pretty much any other Mexican pork dishes you can think of!
- Leftovers are amazing! See #2 for ideas of what to make with it!
- This is a cheap meal! Pork roast is so inexpensive these days.
Mexican Pork Ingredients:
I’m not going to lie to you. There have been many times I’ve opened a package of taco seasoning, thrown it on my pork roast, and cooked it up.
It’s delicious, but taking a few extra minutes to make your own is worth the little bit of extra hassle. You can even make it ahead of time.
- Pork Roast: see note below
- Spices: paprika, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper
- Orange Juice: Frozen concentrate works great. You can use freshly squeezed if you’re ambitious. I’m not!
- Lime juice & Lemon Juice: From a bottle is fine.
- Soy Sauce: I like low sodium. Use whatever you have.
- Olive Oil
What kind of pork roast should I use to make Mexican Pork?
I use a Boston Butt Roast, which is basically the same thing as a shoulder roast. Nope, the butt roast doesn’t come from the rear end of the pig! This roast will have some fat marbling in it. The fat helps keep the roast from getting too dry. You will have to separate the fat from the pork meat when shredding it.
How to Make Mexican Pork:
Okay, this Mexican pork roast probably isn’t one of those authentic Mexican pork recipes, but it’s still good! Gringo style!
STEP 1: Mix seasonings. Or use a taco seasoning packet if you want.
STEP 2: Set roast in pressure cooker or instant pot.
STEP 3: Rub roast with seasonings. Just use your hands!
STEP 4: Cook.
STEP 5: Shred to make Mexican Pulled Pork.
Do I need to sear a pork roast before cooking it?
Back in the day I think everyone seared roasts before cooking them. Searing a roast helps lock the juices inside the roast keeping it moist throughout the cooking process.
Pressure Cookers and Slow Cookers work a little differently than an oven. In my opinion, they stay plenty moist without the extra searing step. Hooray for not having to sear! It’s one extra step, and it makes my hair smell like meat, my house smell like meat, and my stovetop get splattered with oil. I can do without all of those things!
Sprinkle the seasoning on the roast and gently rub them in with your fingers and you’re good to go!
How long should I pressure cook a pork roast?
The longer the pork cooks the more likely it is to fall apart. Maybe I’m lazy, or maybe I like fall extra tender meat but that’s what I’m after…falling apart pork!
I’m sure it’s possible to overcook a pork roast, but I always set my pressure cooker on high pressure for 90 minutes, for a pork roast that’s less than five pounds.
Leftover Pork Recipes, Mexican:
Well, let your imagination run wild coming up with new and amazing ways to use up the leftovers! My family loves it in salads, quesadillas, on tortas, to make enchiladadas, burritos, and nachos.
Here are a few recipes that we make exactly as they are written except we substitute Mexican Pulled Pork for the chicken or beef. Trust me, leftovers never looked or tasted as good as they will with this recipe!
- Hawaiian Pulled Pork Nachos
- Quick and Easy Beef Burritos
- Pork Carnitas Pizza
- Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Beef Enchilada Stack
- Creamy Shredded Beef Enchiladas
- Pulled Pork Chili
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Mexican Pork Recipe!
Pressure Cooker Mexican Pork
- 4-5 pound pork roast
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- Mix all the spices together. Set aside.
- Add pork roast to a pressure cooker. Rub pork roast with olive oil. Sprinkle spice mixture over pork roast. Gently rub to help it stick to the pork roast.
- In a separate bowl, add orange, lime, and lemon juice, and soy sauce. Whisk together. Pour in the pressure cooker. Pour it next to the pork so the liquid doesn't wash seasonings off of the roast.
- Set pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for 90 minutes. After cooking time, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release.
- Remove pork from the pressure cooker and shred or pull with two forks. Discard any fat. Return pork to pressure cooker allowing it to soak up the juices.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
- Mexican Pork can easily be made in the slow cooker. Follow the instructions the same as listed for a pressure cooker, except cook on high for 6 hours in the Crock Pot. °
- toss shredded pork with a generous amount of corn oil and brown sugar to taste. You might not even want to add brown sugar. It caramelized and makes the pork have the best crispy bits.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spread shredded pork on the pan.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
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Vyonne M Carter says
Such great seasoning for pork roast. Used my instapot, turned out perfect. A little too salty for us, so will leave out the salt next time.
Amy Engberson says
I love how versatile this recipe is! You could definitely leave the salt out next time!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
What great flavor and then…you can use it for so many great dishes! (Now I’m craving burritos!)
Mouthwatering! I love Mexican flavors!
These flavors sound so delicious!
This is perfect for meal prep! I love that I can use this pork for tacos, burritos and rice bowls!
Jacque Hastert says
This would be great tacos, bowls, or by itself. I would eat it anywhere.
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
Oh I bet the pressure cooker gives you so much more flavor too! Great recipe.