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Homesick Texas Carnitas, or Pork Carnitas, are perfect for an easy to make, throw everything into a pot  informal dinner. Put on corn tortillas, squeeze a little fresh lime juice with a slice of avocado and you’re set. Try it for a Sunday night gathering. Smitten Kitchen is one of my favorite blogs. I love the step by step photos for all of Deb’s recipes. These Caranitas were “adapted, just barely, from the “Homesick Texan Cookbook,” as featured on The Smitten Kitchen.


3 pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, cut into 2-inch cubes

1/2 cup orange juice1/4 cup lime juice (from about 2 to 3 limes)

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste

Corn tortillas, for serving plus

Avocado slices, chopped cilantro and fixings of your choice (we love pickled jalapenos or onions, lime wedges and a bit of slaw)


Place the pork in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot. Add the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and enough water to just barely cover the meat. Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for two hours. Don’t touch the meat.

After two hours, increase the heat to medium-high. While occasionally stirring and turning the pieces, continue to cook for about 45 minutes, or until all of the liquid has evaporated, leaving only the rendered pork fat. Let it sizzle in this fat long enough to brown at the edges, turning pieces gently (they’ll be eager to fall apart), only as needed.

When pork has browned on both sides, it’s ready. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve on warmed tortillas with fixings.


-The Gourmet Review


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