A towering platter of hot, crispy pulled pork nachos is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser – the melty cheese, tender pulled pork, zesty crunch and tangy-sweet drizzle create pure nacho nirvana. These loaded pulled pork nachos hit all the notes – salty, savory richness balanced by bright acidity and that addictive chip crunch in every bite. They make splendid use of any leftover pulled pork, perfect for game day indulgence or simply scratching that nacho itch.

pulled pork nachos ingredients

Ingredients You’ll Need

Nacho fixing options are endless. Here’s what I like to use:

  • Chips – The foundation of nachos. Use thick, sturdy restaurant-style or kettle-cooked corn tortilla chips – they provide a crisp, crunchy base that won’t turn soggy under all the tasty toppings.
  • Pulled Pork – Make your own smoked pulled pork or in a slow cooker or the oven. You can also source from your local BBQ restaurant or grocery store. Or use pulled chicken instead of pork.
  • Cheese – The best cheese to use: Try a combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack and buy them by the block to grate yourself with a coarse grater, not a fine grater. Pre-shredded cheese is not optimal, and you don’t have control over the size of the grate.
  • Green Onions – They give just the right zing to the overall flavor profile.
  • BBQ Sauce – The pop of your favorite BBQ sauce balances the salty and savory.
  • Optional Toppings – Avocado or guacamole, black beans, fresh cilantro, sour cream, sliced jalapenos (fresh or pickled), tomatoes or salsa.

How to Make Pulled Pork Nachos

Between the topping and layers, it’s all about creating a balance between texture and flavors. You want every bite to have a little something special.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. Prep all the ingredients and toppings while the oven heats. Grab a quarter sheet pan, a 13×9-inch baking dish or a large cast-iron skillet. Place a piece of parchment on the bottom to prevent sticking and make clean up easy.
  3. Assemble the nachos – Start layering first with chips, then pulled pork, cheese, green onions and a drizzle of BBQ sauce over all of it. Then do another layer of the same and top with some sliced jalapenos.
  4. Bake until the cheese is melted, around 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your cheese.
  5. Serve ’em hot.

Tip: Prep the ingredients ahead of time for quick and easy assembly.

Variations and Customizations

You can combine certain ingredients into a kind of theme, like heavy avocado, grilled corn and lime for a kind of a Baja vibe. Try BBQ sauce, beans and sour cream for more of a Tex-Mex feel. Have fun with it! You really can’t go wrong.

For a beverage, a cold Mexican-style lager is perfect. Or a margarita always goes down well, as does another margarita. Sangria is also a good choice.

If you love nachos, you will definitely want to try these smoked lamb tostadas!

brisket nachos

More Pulled Pork Recipes to Try

And another party favorite (not pulled pork) is smoked tuna dip!

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Pulled Pork Nachos

Upgrade your nacho game to pro levels with fall-apart tender smoked pulled pork, piles of gloriously melty cheese, and a tangy-sweet BBQ sauce drizzle bringing everything together in crispy, saucy, meat-and-cheese bliss.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 567kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pulled pork (about 10 ounces)
  • 10 ounces corn tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapenos (pickled or fresh)

Optional Toppings

  • Sour cream
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime slices
  • Salsa or fresh tomatoes
  • Corn

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400° F with the rack placed in the middle.
  • Prep all the ingredients and toppings while your oven preheats so it is easy to assemble. Warm the pulled pork in a cast-iron skillet to make it crispy, or even use the microwave.
  • Line a sheet pan, a 13×9=-inch baking dish or a large cast-iron skillet with parchment paper or foil, but parchment works best.
  • Layer half of the chips, half the pulled pork, half of the cheese, half the green onions and a drizzle of bbq sauce. Sprinkle a little salt on each layer.
  • Continue with a second layer and then top with some jalapenos if using.
  • Bake just until the cheese is all melted, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, add your favorite toppings and serve immediately.

Notes

  • The recipe can easily be scaled up or down. Just use this as a guide, knowing it will make enough for 6 to 8 people as an appetizer.
  • Any pulled pork will work great. Make it in the smoker, slow cooker or oven. You can use store-bought or from a restaurant as well. 
  • You can toss the pulled pork with some of the BBQ sauce as it warms.
  • Add your BBQ sauce, and sour cream to squeeze bottles for easy application to the nacho layers and a cool presentation.
  • Black or refried beans can be added to the mix to make the nachos even more filling.
  • Nachos are also great with leftover smoked brisket.

Nutrition

Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 10549mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 674IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s definitely true that if you put out a tray of these they will disappear in no time. We had some leftover pulled pork in the freezer and this was the absolute perfect way to use it. Adding BBQ sauce was fantastic. And I went heavy on the guac. Yum!