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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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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. #ninjafoodi #ninjafoodirecipe #mexican #quickdinner

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.

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. #ninjafoodi #ninjafoodirecipe #mexican #quickdinner #pressurecooker #airfryer #pressurecookerairfryercombo

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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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. #ninjafoodi #ninjafoodirecipe #mexican #quickdinner #pressurecooker #airfryer #pressurecookerairfryercombo
 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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Samantha

Sunday 5th of April 2020

I have an almost 5 lb pork butt from Aldi. I’m a Foodi novice (quarantine gift to myself). I assume I would double the ingredients, but do you have any advice as to increasing cook time in the Foodi?

Tanya

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Hi Samantha, the cook time would remain the same if you double the recipe.

Pat

Saturday 4th of April 2020

This is the best Foodi recipe I've tried yet! I found it helps to get pork that doesn't have too much fat or cartilage in it. Otherwise you can end up with tough, chewy bits instead of crispy good stuff. Most foodi recipes need some work but this one was spot on - thanks!

Tanya

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Hi Pat, thanks so much for the feedback. So glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

Bev

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

This is a great recipe. The meat was so tender and flavorful. My Picky husband gave it five stars!

Tanya

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Awesome! So glad you both liked it :) Thank you for the feedback.

Lynn

Thursday 26th of March 2020

Thank you Tanya, this recipe is so great! Of course during this time of scant grocery runs, I was able to make this with what I had on hand. I had some frozen country style boneless pork, no oranges, but lemons and limes from our yard, so used a lil brown sugar to sweeten that up a bit. No cilantro, but served with cabbage , jack cheese, and hot sauce on tortillas..

Gini

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

How about cooking the whole pork butt without cutting into small pieces? Same cook time?

Tanya

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

A whole butt would take about 90 minutes of high pressure to cook. I don’t recommend using a whole butt for this recipe as the orange peel makes it bitter after pressure cooking that long. I tend to buy the boneless pork butt and just cut that into chunks as it’s easier.