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Ninja Foodi Recipe: Crispy Pork Carnitas

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These crispy delicious pork carnitas are made in the Ninja Foodi in less than 1 hour. Pressure cook them to tender and crisp them up all in one device.

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I recently became the owner of a Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker with Air Crisper. What’s that you ask? It’s a magical device that Ninja has bestowed upon us. It’s a pressure cooker. It’s an air fryer. It’s a pressure cooker and an air fryer all combined in one device.

I’ll be doing a full and thorough review on the Ninja Foodie soon. Until then, I’ve been testing it out on different recipes to see if it really works as expected.

I’ve made the following so far….
  1. Chicken Wings from frozen
  2. Chicken pot pie
  3. A whole roasted chicken (twice)
  4. And this pork carnita recipe

All of these have turned out wonderful. I wanted to go ahead and post this pork carnita recipe as it was one of my main determining factors of making the purchase.

I was in the market for a second pressure cooker and this one caught my eye. I love cooking meats in my pressure cooker but sometimes I want that extra crisp. I could always use my pressure cooker and then place my meat in the air fryer or oven…but if I can get it all done in one place, then why not.

Will the Ninja Foodi replace my Instant Pot and Air Fryer?

For me personally, it won’t…but it’s staying for sure. I’m not in love with the Air Fryer basket on the Ninja Foodi as there is no long handle. 

I wanted two pressure cookers anyway and my Instant Pot does a mighty good job on pressure cooking, so I’ll keep it too. 

Ninja Foodi Pork Carnita Recipe

Of all the recipes I’ve made thus far, this is already one of my favorites. I love making shredded pork for multiple uses…tacos, burritos, rice bowl, sandwiches, etc.

I usually make it in a slow cooker or my pressure cooker but I always have to transfer the pork to the oven to really get it crisp. That’s an entire day of cooking…which I don’t have much time for.

ninja foodi carnitas in ninja foodi ceramic insert

This Ninja Foodi method allowed me to get it all done in less than an hour.

Here’s the video of me making this recipe in full. I’ll be making some more Ninja Foodi recipes to share as well. As always, Enjoy 🙂

Looking for more Ninja Foodi Recipes? Try these out:

Ninja Foodi Shrimp Boil

Ninja Foodi Fish and Grits

Air Fryer S’mores

Ninja Foodi Zucchini Fritters

Looking for more Air Fryer Pork Recipes? Try these out:

Air Fryer Mustard Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Air Fried Jamaican Jerk Pork

Air Fried Japanese Tonkatsu (Air Fried Boneless Pork Chops)

These Carnitas are great with this Homemade Salsa Recipe.

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Ninja Foodi Recipe: Crispy Pork Carnitas

These Crispy Pork Carnitas are made in the Ninja Foodi in less than 1 hour. Pressure cook them to tender and crisp them up all in one device.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ninja foodi recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 335kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 lbs pork butt chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 orange cut in half
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and cut in half
  • 6 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • Place pork, salt, oregano, and cumin in Ninja Foodi pressure cook insert. Combine making sure the seasonings are covering the pork.
  • Take the orange and squeeze the juices over the pork. Put the squeezed orange in the insert, along with the onion, garlic cloves, and ½ cup chicken broth.
  • Cover the Ninja Foodi with the pressure cooker cover, ensuring the valve is set to seal. Set the Ninja Foodi to High Pressure and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Once the 20 minute timer is complete, do a quick release by switching the valve to vent. Once all the pressure is released, open the lid and remove the orange, onion, and garlic cloves.
  • Set the Ninja Foodi to satué and select md:hi. The liquid will begin to simmer. Allow the liquid to cook until it reduces, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the majority of the liquid has reduced, press stop on the Ninja Foodi and then close the Ninja Foodi Air Crisp lid.
  • Select Broil and adjust the time to 8 minutes.
  • Once complete, use the crispy delicious meat in tacos, bowls, sandwiches, wraps, etc. Top with cilantro or any of your favorite toppings.


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 838mg | Potassium: 909mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3.1mg
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Recipe Rating

Brenda Carey

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

After pressure cooking it was obvious that there was not enough flavory. I added cayenne powder chili powder and more cumin and lime juice from a whole lime. NO Taco Bell hot sauce. I live in the Southwest not the carnitas I know. but this is a good adjustment.


Monday 7th of September 2020

My husband and I loved this recipe !!! First time using the ninja foodi so a little stressful but fantastic flavors. I did tweak this just a touch, I added a dash of cinnamon and cooked it for 18 minutes on pressure cook instead of 20. I did remove most of onion and all orange when prompted. I pan seared some onion, red and green pepper cooked 3/4 way done. When on broil cycle with air crisp lid, I added those with meat 8 minutes, I did go an extra 3 minutes just with meat prior to adding peppers and onions. so 11 minutes on broil total. Can you say omg so good..... What I love is that I don't much care for tortilla's so I ate pork, onions and peppers. Taco bell mild sauce in the jar, we both added a little to the pork when serving. I also steamed some asparagus spears on the side, what a fabulous lower carb meal that we both enjoyed. As a first time ninja foodi girl, your recipe has me excited to try more things. Thank you so much !!!


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Thank you for the feedback Susie :)


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

I have made this quite a few times now and love it. I take the peaces of meat out of the juice an shred them. I then remove the orange and take a stick blender to the rest. From there I follow the recipe. I hare wasting food and I think that this adds extra flavor to dish.


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Thanks so much Teresa! I love that idea of blending in the veggies to the meat.


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Hi, I don’t have chicken broth. What are your thought on using beef broth?


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Hi Ani, beef broth should work just fine.


Tuesday 21st of July 2020

2nd time making this is less than a week! I minced the garlic & onion, so I left them in. Once again, I tripled the recipe but THIS time, I only used the amount of chix broth stated; however, there was A LOT of liquid once finished cooking, so I removed some for faster cooking. Also, since there was SO MUCH meat, I did 4 rounds of air crisp @ 4 minutes each.

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