Mojo Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

Whether you just got a new Instant Pot on Black Friday, or you’re just looking for new recipes to make in your old one, this Paleo, Whole30 + Keto mojo pork is about to rock your world! Not only is super tasty, it’s also super versatile and can be used as a protein in a variety of dishes. We also give you instructions for making it in both the Instant Pot and Slow Cooker. 

Close up of mojo pork with chopped red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lemon wedges in a bowl with salsa on the side.

One Key To Instant Potting Like A Champ

So…if you just got a new Instant Pot you might be a little intimidated (or a lot if you’re like us when we first got ours). You might even still be a little intimidated if you’ve had one for a while but haven’t played with it much. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. One of the best tips that helps to keep meats juicy and flavorful when pressure cooking is to first sauté. When you brown the meat a bit before pressure cooking, it really helps to lock all the goodness in and makes shredding once it’s done cooking easy! So, don’t feel intimidated. Follow along with the instructions below, and this mojo pork will definitely be an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker hit!

Close up of mojo pork with chopped red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lemon wedges in a bowl and on tortillas with salsa on the side.

Make It A Taco, Make It A Bowl, Throw It Over A Salad, In A Soup…

Seriously, there are SO many things you can do with this mojo pork! I bet you can even get more creative than us! We’d love to see how you use it and what you make with it. Of course, if you’re keeping it Whole30 or Keto make sure you chose wisely. But…if you’re just staying Paleo you might go for some Siete tortillas (or even corn tortillas if you splurge once in a while like us – I know that’s not strict Paleo). I’m thinking next time we will have to make a pizza topped with this tasty pork! But you do you, and whatever makes most sense for your personal needs and goals. That’s what is most important!

Close up of mojo pork with chopped red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lemon wedges in a bowl.

Great Meal Prep Recipe

If you don’t already do some level of meal prepping over the weekend, we highly recommend it! It’s such a time and stress-saver during the busy work week. We like to make a big dinner Sunday night and have the leftovers in the fridge for the upcoming week! This mojo pork is the perfect contender for meal prep. It makes a large amount and is versatile! You can use it throughout the week for any meal of the day and pair it with different veggies, greens, etc. so it feels a little different each time!

Close up of mojo pork with chopped red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and avocado slices on tortillas.

Some Other Great Meal Prep Recipes To Try

Your Turn To Try Our Mojo Pork

Go ahead and get this mojo pork on your radar! Make it this coming Sunday or anytime you want to have leftovers on hand or feed a little bit bigger group of people. Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes. Also, take a picture or video and share it on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood so we can check it out, and give us a follow if you don’t already! We’d love to stay connected!

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Mojo Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

4.58 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 212kcal
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto mojo pork is super versatile and a great meal prep recipe. We also give you instructions for both the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. 
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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder or butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, about 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or other cooking oil)

For topping/serving:

  • romaine lettuce (or sub Siete Tortillas or other sturdy lettuce)
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • jalapenos, sliced
  • lemon/lime wedges
  • diced red onion

Instructions 

For the Instant Pot:

  • Cut pork into cubes and set aside. Prep onion and garlic as noted.
  • Combine orange juice, lemon juice, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper powder in a bowl or jar and mix well.
  • Press the sauté button on the instant pot and add ghee. Once hot, add in the pork and brown it on all sides. Press cancel on the instant pot once the pork is browned.
  • Pour the juice/seasoning mixture all over the pork cubes and add in the diced onion and garlic.
  • Secure the lid on the instant pot and close the pressure valve. Press the “manual” button (or “pressure cook” button) and set the time to cook for 30 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, let the pressure naturally release on its own for 20 minutes.
  • Manually release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Shred the pork with two forks.
  • Serve the mojo pork in lettuce wedges or tortillas with your favorite toppings. Spoon some of the extra sauce from the instant pot over the pork for serving.

For the slow cooker:

  • Follow steps 1 & 2 above.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add ghee. Once hot, add in the pork and brown it on all sides (you may need to do this in batches). Remove pork and place it in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the juice/seasoning mixture all over the pork cubes and add in the diced onion and garlic.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Remove the lid and shred the pork with two forks.
  • Serve the mojo pork in lettuce wedges or tortillas with your favorite toppings. Spoon some of the extra sauce from the instant pot over the pork for serving.

Notes

Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet and do not include optional toppings/serving items for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.  

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g
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Mojo Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

12 thoughts on “Mojo Pork (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

  • So easy to make and very flavorful! I’ve had another crockpot recipe before for pork tacos and my bf prefers this recipe time and time again… and me too! ?

    • Hooray! We love hearing that! And your tacos looked great on IG too! Thanks so much for sharing and coming back to leave a rating and comment too! We appreciate it! 🙂

  • Hello fresh and flavorful Tacos! We were so satisfied with the way this meat turned out! I love using all the fresh ingredients and enjoying the meat in a taco or a baked sweet potato 🙂
    My cousin, who can be a picky eater, RAVED about how much she liked these. She enjoyed this as a pork slider.
    Wonderful, simple recipe and it produces a LOT of delicious, juicy meat!
    Thanks so much!

    • Yay!! We are so happy this one was such a hit! We love it, too! Thanks so much for giving our recipes a try! We’re so grateful we get to connect with you!

  • This was our 3rd recipe from this site. My wife and I enjoyed this recipe a lot. Not quite what we get in Mexico, but quick and easy and tasty. Enjoying everything we have tried so far from here. I made tacos with corn tortillas and cojita cheese.

    • We’re so glad to hear you and your wife enjoyed this one and have tried a few recipes so far! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a review. We appreciate it!

  • I enjoyed this pork at a friend’s house. We used the leftover pork to make some amazing breakfast tacos. I loved it so much I had to go get a Boston butt to cook this way for my family. Yummy stuff!

  • I have a question on the carb count for this dish. I am just wondering how the grams can be so low per serving (5 g) with all that citrus juice, or do you serve this without the juice. I saw another recipe for chicken that said 2 carbs when the dish had 75 carbs in the juice alone. Thank you.

    • Hi Gail – All of our nutrition amounts are estimates and per serving. The count is lower because all that juice is being spread out over 8 servings. However, if you are really needing the lowest carb option you could cook the meat in the juice for the flavor and discard the juice after cooking. Hopefully this helps.

  • Thanks for the quick reply! Spread over 8 servings should keep the numbers down. I guess I didn’t notice how many servings! It looks delicious and I want to try this over the weekend!

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