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Pork Carnitas Recipe & Traditional Mexican Food Cookbook Giveaway

Pork Carnitas are an absolute favorite in our house, though we don’t have them very often. Being a household of two, this recipe makes plenty for us to eat on for a few days or to freeze some for another day. The flavor makes it worth every penny and every minute it takes! Definitely high on my recommendation list!

If you’d like to make your Pork Carnitas a part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration or even just a full Mexican or Spanish meal, try making some Tamarindo with it! Tamarindo is considered a Mexican drink, though it’s also famous in Costa Rica and the fruit originated in Africa!

This is another recipe that I totally recommend a dutch oven for, as they cut down on dishes and can easily go from the stove top into the oven. If you don’t have one, you could take the handles off of a pot that has a lid (so they don’t melt) and put it in the oven that way. Although you will need to pay attention so that you can modify the cooking time. I’ve never tried it that way, so I can’t really tell you how long to cook it in a metal pot.

What You’ll Need

Ingredients

    • 4 pound boneless pork butt, with fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
    • 1 ½ tsp salt
    • ¾ tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 white onion, peeled and cut in half
    • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 TBSP fresh lime juice (though refrigerated lime juice can work too)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium orange, juiced, keeping the spent halves

How to Make Pork Carnitas

  1. Pork Carnitas: How to Make This Traditional, Delightful Homemade RecipeMove oven rack to lower middle position and pre-heat oven to 300°.
  2. Put all ingredients, including orange halves, in dutch oven.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, uncovered. When it begins to simmer, cover pot and transfer into the oven.
  4. Cook until meat falls apart when prodded with fork, about two hours (in a dutch oven, adjust for any other type of pan).
  5. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pork from the dutch oven and place on the parchment paper.
  7. Remove the onion and orange halves from the liquid.
  8. Bring the liquid to a boil on high heat and condense it down into a syrup like consistency, be sure and stir often so that it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Takes about 20 minutes.Pork Carnitas: How to Make This Traditional, Delightful Homemade Recipe
  9. Use 2 forks to pull apart the pork into three equal sized pieces then gently fold pork back into the syrup mixture, trying not to break the pork down any further. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.Pork Carnitas: How to Make This Traditional, Delightful Homemade Recipe
  10. Spoon the syrup covered pork, spreading evenly to a single layer, back onto the parchment paper. 11. Move the rack to the middle of the oven and turn the oven to broil. Put the cookie sheet back in the oven until it is well browned and edges are slightly crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes, then flip the meat and repeat.

Pork Carnitas: How to Make This Traditional, Delightful Homemade Recipe @Crafty_ZooWhat to Serve With Them

We mentioned the Tamarindo in our intro, so we’ve got our drinks prepared, remember you can make the Tamarindo up to two days ahead of time. So, we’ll just discuss sides here.

Serve the Pork Carnitas on yellow corn tortillas, we like to warm ours in a hot cast iron skillet. We also usually have Spanish Rice and sometimes a salad. Guacamole is also a wonderful addition to serve on them! Plus, it’s healthy and who doesn’t love a little bonus of healthiness in a delicious meal!

For dessert, you could do a Pineapple Pie (easily made ahead of time) or, for something quick, some fried apples with ice cream!

If you’d like to branch out and go full on traditional, I highly recommend the cookbook Aguas Frescas & Paletas. It is filled with other traditional Mexican drinks and frozen delicious treats!

What will you serve with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts and any changes you made!

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40 thoughts on “Pork Carnitas Recipe & Traditional Mexican Food Cookbook Giveaway

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  • March 21, 2022 at 3:18 am
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    I love Mexican food. We live in an area with lots of excellent Mexican food restaurants.

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  • March 19, 2022 at 8:43 pm
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    My family enjoys Mexican food and this cookbook would inspire me to try new recipes.

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  • March 18, 2022 at 5:06 pm
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    The Mexican recipes will always be colorful and full of spices. Love them, Kayce! And cheers from #OMHGWW

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    • March 20, 2022 at 6:49 pm
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      Absolutely! I have always loved Mexican food and Mexican inspired flavors! Or, at least, what we consider Mexican. haha

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  • March 18, 2022 at 11:10 am
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    I really like Mexican food but i do not know how to cook much of it. This would be great!

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    • March 20, 2022 at 6:49 pm
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      You should definitely try this recipe! It’s super easy and very rewarding!

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  • March 18, 2022 at 8:59 am
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    I like that this book goes from breakfasts to dinners to holidays.

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    • March 18, 2022 at 9:02 am
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      Absolutely! I love cookbooks that have range!

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  • March 17, 2022 at 9:06 pm
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    I love Mexican food and my daughters best friend is from Mexico. I would love to make dishes that remind her of home when she comes over to visit.

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    • March 18, 2022 at 8:59 am
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      That would be such a sweet gesture! I hope that you find all of the flavors you both love and enjoy great moments together!

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  • March 17, 2022 at 7:20 pm
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    I love trying new recipes. Thank you .

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  • March 16, 2022 at 1:58 am
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    Looks super yummy! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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    • March 16, 2022 at 7:56 am
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      You are absolutely welcome! Hope you love it!

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  • March 13, 2022 at 11:51 pm
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    I need to try this recipe the next time my granddaughter spends the weekend.

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:02 am
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      I have so many great memories of helping my Grannies cook! I’m looking forward to making the same memories with my grands! Bet yours will love making it with you!

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  • March 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm
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    I love looking for new Mexican recipes! My favorite food!

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:02 am
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      Mine too, friend! It’s delicious! I love that this cookbook has healthier alternatives for some of the ingredients! Seems I don’t burn as many calories as I use to!

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  • March 13, 2022 at 10:55 am
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    Carnitas are my favorite—they make great tacos and tortas!

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:03 am
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      Absolutely! The meat is definitely great on pretty much everything! Plus, if we just eat the meat and veggies, it counts as diet food. hahahaha

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  • March 12, 2022 at 7:49 pm
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    Looks tasty to serve for dinner.

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:05 am
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      Definitely makes an amazing dinner! I’ve never gotten complaints for this recipe!

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  • March 11, 2022 at 3:01 pm
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    Those look so good! I’m usually not a pork person but those carnitas sound mouth watering.

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:07 am
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      They are amazing, I swear! You could do the same recipe with chicken I think, maybe just adjust the cook time so that it doesn’t get dried out.

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  • March 11, 2022 at 2:01 pm
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    Love Mexican recipes any time.

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:08 am
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      Same here! I could eat Mexican food every day of the week!

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  • March 11, 2022 at 9:58 am
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    My husband and I were talking the other day about how we need to learn to cook Mexican food; since there are no good Mexican restaurants near us. The Buen Provecho cookbook seems a great way to achieve this. I love that it uses healthy ingredients that we can easily find!

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:09 am
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      Definitely sounds like a good time to learn then! I would hate to not have any good Mexican food places near me! We don’t have any good Chinese food places and that just stinks!

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  • March 11, 2022 at 2:31 am
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    That looks really delicious! I love trying new recipes.

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  • March 10, 2022 at 8:27 pm
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    Looks good…I love trying new recipes.

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  • March 10, 2022 at 7:03 pm
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    I’ve really come to enjoy traditional Mexican dishes (as opposed to Tex-Mex). I’m always on the lookout for another recipe to try.

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    • March 16, 2022 at 8:13 am
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      I’m always looking for new recipes as well! Haven’t been posting as many new ones and really need to get back to that! Been working so hard to getting old stuff taken care of that it’s falling to the wayside! Balance is a hard thing!

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    • April 29, 2021 at 8:17 am
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      Girl! Me too!!!! It’s absolutely delicious!

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