The Homesick Texan Cookbook + Carnitas

Have you heard of The Homesick Texan?? Well, pretty much you need to know her, and her food, and her gorgeous photography both on her website and her new cookbook! Lisa Fain, aka the Homesick Texan, is probably one of the first bloggers I ever started to follow when I jumped into the blogging world. Her recipes are truly fantastic and they are all right up my alley with the flavors and spice and southwestern flair. I’m pretty sure I was meant to live in Texas, at least for some period of my life, because I am all about the Texas style of cooking. So it’s safe to say that when I unwrapped this cookbook, I was pretty much jumping for joy. I read it front to back, twice. And then immediately went to the market to pick up ingredients for a few recipes. They. Are. All. Amazing. Literally, each recipe looks like it belongs in my belly. I’m seriously going to cook my way through this book in the next few weeks.

The Homesick Texan is full of drool worthy recipes from, Cheese Enchiladas, Gorditas with Picadillo, Austin Style Black Beans, Biscuits and Gravy, Chicken Fried Steak and of course Guacamole! And then there are the carnitas. Bring on the carnitas. I’m all about the pig. I like pork pretty much any way you slice it… but I will always have a soft spot for carnitas. And these Homesick Texan carnitas are ah-mazing.

Carnitas - Homesick Texan Style

AND… because The Homesick Texan is such an amazing and beautiful book and I don’t think anyone should have to live without it – I am giving away 2 copies thanks to the fabulous people over at Hyperion!

To enter, just leave a quick comment telling me your favorite Texas inspired dish of all times!! Mine – definitely carnitas with a side of spicy guacamole.

For a second entry, What’s Gaby Cooking on Facebook, then return here leaving another comment saying you did so.

The giveaway begins today, Friday, September 16, 2011, and ends next Friday, September 23rd, at Midnight PST. Winners will be announced that evening and then the winners books will be shipped out shortly after.

Here’s the quick link to the book on Amazon too!

Here’s the quick run down on the mouth watering Carnitas from The Homesick Texan Cookbook….

The Homesick Texan Cookbook + Carnitas



  • 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste


  • Place the pork in a large dutch oven with the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin and salt. Add enough water to barely cover the meat. Bring the pot to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and let cook for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, (and by this point your house will smell awesome) turn the heat up to medium high, and continue to cook the pork for 45 minutes, stirring every once in a while, until all the liquid has evaporated and the pork fat as been rendered.
  • Once the pork is browned on both sides, it's ready to eat. Taste and season with a little extra salt if needed.

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  1. Lucy Lean

    Anything with guacamole – which reminds me – Happy Guac day to you – almost feels like your birthday!

  2. Dawn

    Since I am a Homesick Texan…although I LOVE my new home of California…I miss a TRUE bowl of Texas Chili!

    I miss all of the Tex-Mex flavors we have there πŸ™

  3. Three Girls momma

    I am a true blooded Texas girl! My family loves tacos, echiladas, fajitas, chili, nachos, heck… anything with cheese or an avacado I am happy!

  4. Jen A

    Never had carnitas, so right now it would be fajitas. Will be trying the carnitas soon though They look amazing. Another one I would like to try that I just recently heard about is migas. Thanks for another resource πŸ™‚

  5. Tristan

    A native of San Antonio:

    Cheese enchiladas con carne with refried beans and spanish rice.

    I’ve made each of these from Homesick’s website in the past.

  6. Jean

    My hubby judges a restaurant by it’s carne asada. Love guac, salsa, enchiladas, tacos…I could go on and on! And I already “like” you on FB! πŸ™‚

  7. Annette

    I love me some south of the border cooking. I think my favorite in the winter months is chicken tortilla soup, but then again you just can’t go wrong with some awesome carnitas.

    Oh wait, home made flour or corn tortillas on their own are an awesome experience. My mama would whip up a batch of flour tortillas every day. I’d sit and watch as she rolled each little round ball of dough out. Then it would be my turn to roll. My torts never came out round. They always looked like a boot.

  8. nettie moore

    Pretty much everything- but my favorite fave would have to be enchiladas, because they are delicious and wonderful to say- en- chi- la- da…..!

  9. Candace

    It would be easier to tell you what I don’t like. I guess if I have to choose a favorite it would be fajitas; although we have had carnitas twice in the last month. That’s how much we love them. This recipe like every other Homesick Texan recipe looks amazing. It looks like we are going to have to have them three times just so that we can try this version. Yum! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  10. Candace

    I’ve been following you on Facebook for sometime now with my personal account. That’s where I saw this post. Thanks again for the opportunity to win! I’m pinning this recipe to make very soon!

  11. WenDee Riffe

    hmmm“i really dont know which is my favorice!!! i think that i will have to say i cant live without salsa!!!mmmm!!!

  12. WenDee Riffe

    i have been following you for a long time now~~on twitter and i have you on my homepage for myyahoo but forgot to add the fb–so thanks…i now follow!!

  13. Elle Hyson

    Have to go with the cheese enchiladas, Austin style black beans, Texas chili because I can’t pick just one.

  14. Mallory

    i could get very specific, but i’m just going to say anything that can be eaten with guacamole, because guacamole is my favorite edible thing of all time. ALL TIME.

  15. Carolw

    I’m off to the store to buy a boneless pork shoulder. Carnitas should be ready by the time the Gators kick off! Thanks for the recipe!!! ;p

  16. Ginny

    I love all things tex-mex! but, you’re right, carnitas are hard to beat! πŸ™‚ Love your blog! πŸ™‚

  17. Heather Christo

    I love carnitas. I love any tex-Mex food actually- but these look especially drool worthy, gorgeous Gaby! Of course I follow you everywhere!

  18. MariaLoon

    My husband and love of my life, was a true Texan. I lived in Texas for 8 years and it was the first place I felt I could call “home.”

    It’s so hard for me to choose just one item so can I list a meal?

    Brisket, fried okra, beans and cornbread!

  19. My German Kitchen…in the Rockies

    Beef Tenderloin Fajitas. They have always been my favorite and don’t forget a good margarita!

  20. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    Ooh I really want to win a copy- but I am definitely buying one if I don’t win! I love queso. Mmm.

  21. Jeannie

    Migas – scrambled eggs with crisp tortillas and chopped green chiles. It is delicious!

  22. Janice

    I can’t decide between shrimp and barbecue – but , I think barbecue wins by a grit! Thanks for this. I, too, read cookbooks like I do a good novel!

  23. pat

    I am a Texan living in Florida….and man, I sure miss the Texas cooking! I can’t even find ingredients here! I, too, have followed the Homesick Texan and would LOVE her cookbook!

    ps….my favorite is Texas Sheet Cake…..mmmmmmm….chocolate on chocolate!