Big Bold Beef Carnitas

After recently purchasing a Cuisinart electric pressure cooker, I have totally fallen in love with this method of cooking for my busy family.  This is a dish that we really enjoy and one that I can have on the dinner table in about an hour, start to finish, thanks to the pressure cooker.

Big Bold Beef Carnitas

3 lbs. chuck roast, cut into 3-inch chunks, trimmed if needed

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. kosher salt
2 tsp. ground cumin, ½ tsp. smoked paprika, 1 tsp. chile powder, 2 tsp. oregano flakes
1 tsp. chipotle sauce
1 onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup orange juice
½ cup lime juice

Set electric pressure cooker (EPC) to sauté setting; add oil, salt, cumin, paprika, chile powder, oregano, and chipotle sauce; when mixture is nicely hot, add cubed beef. Brown beef in batches, removing to a plate as you work.

Return all beef to EPC pot; add onion, garlic, cinnamon stick, orange zest, and juices; cover pressure cooker, lock EPC lid into place. Choose High Pressure setting for 45-50 minutes. When timer sounds, use a full natural release to allow protein fibers to fully relax.

Remove EPC lid and transfer beef to a large cutting board; shred beef apart. Add shredded beef to a preheated, oiled cast iron skillet set over high heat.

Sear beef over high heat just until it gets a good “crisp” on the outside, watching carefully so beef doesn’t burn, adding cooking liquid from pressure cooker, a little at a time, as needed.

Serve beef with skillet-browned corn or flour tortillas, salsa fresca, sour cream, and cilantro OR topped with my favorite veggie coleslaw.

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

5 thoughts on “Big Bold Beef Carnitas

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  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe…sounds delicious! I have put cilantro in tossed salads and cole slaws for eons… they taste flat without it. One can’t live in the southwest for long without eating something with cilantro…it is one of those foods you either love or hate, no in between…thankfully I fell in love with it.
    Have a great weekend.

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