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Loaded Instant Pot Carnitas Fries

Recipe, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

There’s a lot to love about these loaded fries!

Topped with spice-rubbed Instant Pot pork and a refreshing homemade salsa, this game day-inspired appetizer is the perfect balance of fresh and hearty!

Loaded Instant Pot Carnitas Fries
Loaded Instant Pot Carnitas Fries
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For the Pork

  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. dry oregano
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 lbs. pork, cut into large chunks
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced

For the Toppings

  • 1 cup tomatoes, medium diced
  • ¼ cup yellow onions, peeled and medium diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and small diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, medium diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup chihuahua cheese
  • 2 packs of frozen fries, heated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, mix together salt, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano and red pepper flakes until combined.
  2. Coat the pork chunks in about ½ of the dry rub and mix until combined. Save the remaining rub for other uses.
  3. Add the oil to an Instant Pot heated on the sauté function and add the pork chunks. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until browned.
  4. Add in the oranges, onions and garlic.
  5. Place the Instant Pot lid on and pressure cook for 45 minutes with the seal closed.
  6. Release the seal and wait for all the steam to be released, about 8-10 minutes. Shred with two forks.
  7. In a medium-size bowl, mix together the tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, pineapple, lime juice, salt and pepper until combined.
  8. Generously sprinkle the cheese all over the heated fries and top with the shredded pork, salsa and sliced green onions.

Loaded Instant Pot Carnitas Fries

Chef Billy Parisi headshot
By Chef Billy Parisi
Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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