These pulled pork nachos are crunchy, cheesy, and incredibly delicious! This game day favorite recipe is great for hosting family and friends. Each bite is ultra crispy, hearty, and flavorful. Use up your leftover pulled pork in an easy and fun way. This recipe is great for sharing and takes only 10 minutes total!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These pulled pork nachos take only 10 minutes!
- They have tender juicy pulled pork, melted cheese, and flavorful toppings.
- The tortilla chips get nice and crispy.
- Great for serving at parties, holidays, gatherings, and birthdays.
- This recipe is totally customizable! Try using Carnitas instead.
- Feel free to add your favorite toppings and seasonings.
- The crunchy chips and tender pork have such a great contrast of textures.
- This recipe is naturally gluten-free!
- Check out these Foil Packet Nachos for another delicious idea.
Ingredients & Substitutes
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First, choose crunchy crispy tortilla chips. For real food chips, we love the Siete brand!
Shredded cheese adds a creamy texture and cheesy flavor! Mexican cheese blend or mozzarella are great options.
Use leftover pulled pork or pork carnitas for this recipe. If your pork does not contain BBQ sauce, feel free to add some BBQ sauce on top.
Once the nachos are baked, top with salsa, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges. Other topping ideas include jalapeños, beans, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, guacamole, and sour cream.
Ways to Make Pulled Pork
There are several ways to easily make pulled pork. Feel free to use any of the below.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork: Season a pork shoulder or pork butt with your favorite dry rub. Place it in a slow cooker, add some liquid (such as broth or apple cider), and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours until the meat is fork-tender and easy to pull apart.
Instant Pot Pulled Pork: Season the pork shoulder, sear it in the Instant Pot, and add liquid. Pressure cook for about 1.5 to 2 hours until the meat is tender. This is the quickest way to make pulled pork.
Oven Roasted Pulled Pork: Season the pork shoulder, place it in a roasting pan or Dutch oven, and cover with a lid. Slow roast at a low temperature (around 300°F) for several hours until the meat is fork-tender.
Taste & Texture
The pork in this recipe will be succulent and packed with smoky, savory flavors. The overall flavors are tortilla chips, cheese, and pulled pork. Add some jalapeños on top for extra spice and heat!
The combination of tender pork, gooey cheese, and crispy chips creates a satisfying mix of textures. These pulled pork nachos are incredibly delicious!
How to Make
First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spread out the tortilla chips on a rimmed baking pan. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese on top.
Then, add the pulled pork. If desired, add BBQ sauce on top. Spread the remaining cheese on top.
Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until cheese has melted.
Carefully remove the pan from the oven. Top with salsa, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Finally, serve the pulled pork nachos!
Expert Tips for Success
For the most flavorful and tender pulled pork, use a pork shoulder (also known as pork butt). This cut has enough fat to keep the meat moist during the cooking process and becomes incredibly tender.
To ensure every chip gets an even distribution of pulled pork and toppings, layer the chips and ingredients. Start with a single layer of tortilla chips and cheese, add a layer of pulled pork, followed by a sprinkle of shredded cheese and any other toppings you desire.
Pulled pork nachos are best when served fresh and hot. It is ideal to assemble the nachos right before serving.
Keep a close eye on the nachos as they are cooking. Tortilla chips can easily burn.
Flavor Variations & Add-Ins
Spicy Kick: Add sliced jalapeños or drizzle hot sauce over the nachos for some heat.
Hawaiian Twist: Top the nachos with diced pineapple for a tropical flavor.
Tex-Mex Fusion: Add black beans, avocado slices, and a dollop of sour cream for a Tex-Mex twist.
Feel free to use leftover grilled chicken, picadillo ground beef, ground turkey, or another protein.
There are so many great nacho toppings! Consider adding some of these to your pulled pork nachos.
Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley adds a burst of freshness.
Diced tomatoes or pico de gallo provide a tangy kick.
Pickled jalapeños bring an extra zing.
Guacamole or sliced avocados add creaminess.
Sour cream or Greek yogurt provides a cooling element.
Sliced black olives add a briny touch.
Red onion slices provide a mild crunch.
How to Serve & Store
Serve these pulled pork nachos hot and fresh from the oven! They are great topped with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
Try this Creamy Queso on top!
They can be served alone as a main meal or as an appetizer. Great for watching football game days!
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
To reheat, place leftovers on a baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 4 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Apparently, pulled pork nachos originated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Pulled pork goes well with creamy cheeses. Mozzarella is a great option.
Pulled pork is so versatile. Use it on pizza, in sandwiches, burritos, tacos, on top of salads, or by itself.
Sure! Feel free to use carne asada steak, beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, or grilled chicken.
USA Pan 3 Piece Baking Sheet Set: These are the best baking pans for this nacho recipe.
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