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This is a fantastic pork dish. The salsa creates a great little sauce and the flavor can be dressed a bunch of different ways when dealing with leftovers.

Gluten-free, paleo, Whole30


Instant Pot Salsa Verde Pork

5 lbs. pork shoulder
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tsp. dried oregano
Juice of 1 orange
3 Tbsp. lime juice
1 jar Salsa Verde (Trader Joe’s brand is Whole30 compliant)
1/2 of the empty salsa verde jar water

Sprinkle the pork with the salt, cumin and chili powder.

Press the Saute button to preheat the cooker. When “Hot” appears on the display, add the coconut oil and brown your meat.

Add the onion, garlic, oregano, orange and lime juices, salsa and water. Seat the lid on the pressure cooker.

Press the Manual button and use the + button to program 90 minutes cooking time.

When the finished beep sounds, it is best to let the machine release its pressure naturally if possible (takes about 20 minutes). Always check to make sure the pressure valve has dropped before removing the lid.

This is great served as-is, but if you want to go a step further and make crispy carnitas, kick your broiler on high. Spread the pork out on a baking tray covered in foil. Strain the cooking liquid and de-fat if desired. Pour over the meat and broil 5 minutes. Stir, broil 5 minutes more – or until desired crispiness is reached.