Crunchy tortilla chips loaded with bbq pork, black beans, corn, chopped onions and tomatoes make delicious Pulled Pork Nachos.
This post is sponsored by Utah Pork, but all opinions are my own!
BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe
Colorful from the toppings, filling from the meat and amazing because the melted cheese pulls as you lift every nacho up this BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos recipe is one of our favorites!
Even my picky eater enjoys this easy family meal that can be made in 15 minutes! Since my kids love saying “Taco Tuesday” this is a fun dinner to make during the week to add to our rotation of Ground Pork Tacos and Taco Pie.
I love to make this easy pulled pork nacho casserole style dish to include a variety of food groups and lots of enjoyable flavors. We like adding a salsa mixture similar to our Black Bean and Corn Dip, but you can top as you please.
One of the many benefits of eating pork is that is it packed with protein. Eating 20 – 30 grams of protein per meal helps you feel fuller longer and every 3 ounce serving of pork is packed with 22 – 24 grams of protein.
We like how quickly the layers go together on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish. If there’s a layer you don’t like just leave it out of half or all of the dish. The pulled pork and cheese are our favorite flavors, but the vegetables and beans make it more filling and flavorful. The chips add a nice salty crunch, so we like to serve with extra on the side.
A friend shared this recipe with us. Our friends add more onion, slices of black olives, avocado, sour cream or salsa. Just like our Pulled Pork Waffle Fries it’s easy to personalize this dish to meet your preferences.
Why This Recipe Works:
- Great way to use up extra toppings and leftover pulled pork to make a hassle free meal.
- Can customize different halves or quarters of the BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos to accommodate picky eaters.
- Easy to make a small batch to feed two people or a big tray to feed several people at a party or tailgate.
- Our family likes to set the baking sheet in the center of the table and gather around to talk and enjoy a meal together that is more fun than your typical casserole.
- Tortilla Chips – We like a fairly sturdy chip that can support a lot of toppings. My favorite brand is Mission in the brown bags.
- BBQ Pulled Pork – Caramelize in a skillet while reheating leftovers and use your favorite sauce to personalize the recipe or make it more spicy.
- Cheese – We like a combination of Monterey Jack and Mexican cheese, but cheddar is a great addition as well. Using a variety of cheeses adds a deeper flavor.
- Black Beans – A can of rinsed beans is the easiest option.
- Corn – We like to use frozen sweet corn that we grew or a can of drained whole kernel corn.
- Red Onions – Diced pieces add color and flavor, but sweet onions work fine too.
Serve with shredded lettuce, chopped avocado, and sliced olives to add more veggies to the dinner table!
Some people enjoy slices of jalapeños and spicy bbq sauce to add more heat to this recipe.
Pulled Pork Meal Ideas
Pulled pork sliders are an easy meal, but we also enjoy loaded potatoes, BBQ Pork Quesadillas or these barbecue pork nachos! When I’m in a time crunch I like to use a pound of prepared pulled pork out of the freezer or purchase a tub of prepared shredded pork from the grocery store.
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How to Make Pulled Pork Nachos
- Warm pulled pork in a skillet with desired amount of barbecue sauce. Using a cast iron skillet can help the edges of the pork caramelize which produces a wonderful flavor.
- In a 9×13 inch baking dish layer chopped lettuce, diced red onion, Monterey Jack cheese and tortilla chips. Continue evenly layering warm pulled pork, corn and black beans. Top with Mexican cheese.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted and serve warm.
- Pulled pork nachos are best eaten right away as the tortillas will get soft over time. Extras should be refrigerated.
Step By Step Instructions
In a skillet set to medium high heat warm pulled pork and stir in bbq sauce if the pork is plain.
Cover a baking sheet with foil and arrange a tortilla chips on the foil leaving a 1″ border along the edge. The chips don’t have to be an exact single layer, some overlapping on the edges is fine.
Add a layer of warm bbq pulled pork so that it’s spread evenly over the chips.
Drain and rinse the black beans, then sprinkle over the pork. Then add the corn.
Add a layer of Mexican cheese. We typically use a bag of pre-shredded cheese.
Next we like to shred a block of Monterey Jack cheese and maybe some cheddar if you have some on hand.
Finally add veggies of your choice like chopped onions, tomatoes, and slices of olives.
Pop in an oven preheated to 400°F for 10 – 15 minutes until the cheese melts and all toppings are warmed through.
Black beans can be omitted from the nacho recipe to serve in Black Beans and Yellow Rice as an easy side dish!
When Are the Pork Nachos Done?
Since you start with fully cooked and warm bbq pork the nachos are done baking when the cheese is melted and all of the toppings are warm.
Creating an even layer of toppings will make baking easier.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes:
Bacon Cheese Fries are topped with plenty of cheese and bacon bits to add so much flavor.
Crock Pot Sausage Dip uses regular and zesty sausage with cream cheese for a great dip.
Little Smokies mix with cranberry jelly on the stove top for a sweet and meaty treat.
Printable Easy Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe
Easy Pulled Pork Nachos
- 1 pound BBQ pulled pork
- 6 ounces tortilla chips we prefer round chips
- 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 cup corn
- 3/4 cup Monterey jack cheese shredded
- 1 cup Mexican cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup red onions diced
- 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes chopped
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Warm pre-cooked pulled pork in a skillet adding as much bbq sauce as desired. Allow pork to caramelize a bit on the edges for the most flavor.1 pound BBQ pulled pork
- Cover a baking sheet with foil and arrange a layer of tortilla chips along the bottom.6 ounces tortilla chips
- Add warm pulled pork. Then sprinkle corn and black beans on top.1 cup corn, 1 cup black beans
- Layer Mexican and Monterey jack cheese.1 cup Mexican cheese, 3/4 cup Monterey jack cheese
- Top with onions and tomatoes.1/2 cup red onions, 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
- Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.
- A cast iron skillet is best because pulled pork can caramelize a bit on the edges.
- Serve with sour cream, salsa, avocados and bbq sauce if desired.
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Originally shared on October 22, 2018 with updates made on January 23, 2024.