Fast and Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe works perfectly as a snack, game day appetizer, or easy dinner. Tortilla chips loaded with cheese, pork, and lots of flavor.
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
Pulled pork nachos are a delicious and hearty dish that combines the smoky flavor of barbecue pulled pork with the crunchy goodness of nachos.
For this recipe, I prefer to use my amazing and flavorful Pork Carnitas recipe – a great way to use up some leftovers from other pork recipes!
These homemade nachos are a perfect easy appetizer recipe that you can use for Mexican night, football game day, or a party. And they can even work as a main course for an easy weeknight meal idea!
This great recipe is a perfect way to make a big batch of pork BBQ nachos. If you need finger foods for your next game day party, this is a great option! Sheet pan nachos are always a hit at my Super Bowl Sunday parties!
Highly customizable and gluten free, these pork nachos are sure to be a hit!
These are the ingredients needed for the pork nacho recipe. Full quantities and recipe information can be found at the bottom of the post.
Pork Carnitas – I love to use leftover pulled pork carnitas from pork shoulder for this recipe as the flavor is just amazing paired with the rest of the ingredients and sauce. There are other options you can use as well. See the Modifications and Substitutions section below for alternatives.
Corn Tortilla Chips
Shredded Colby Jack Cheese – Colby Jack is a mix of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, perfect for nachos with its mix of sharp flavor and meltable cheese. Use any cheese or combination as preferred such as pepper jack or Mexican cheese blends.
Canned Black Beans – you do not need a full can, so this is another great way to use leftovers. Pinto beans would also be great, such as our Instant Pot Bacon Pinto Beans!
Jalapeno – fresh or pickled as preferred. The heat is a great balance to the sweetness of the sauce!
Toppings as desired – use any favorite toppings that you like such as sour cream, cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, pico de gallo, salsa, guacamole, bell peppers, black olives, and more.
Preheat oven to 400F. Baking rack in middle position.
Spread a layer of crispy chips on a large baking sheet or an oven-safe dish.
Sprinkle shredded colby jack cheese evenly over the chips.
Distribute the pulled pork evenly over the layer of chips and cheese.
Scatter beans, diced onions, and sliced jalapeños over the cheese.
Place the baking sheet or dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from the oven and drizzle barbecue sauce over the nachos.
Add your final nacho toppings as desired! Dollop sour cream on top and garnish with cilantro, salsa, guacamole, lime wedges, etc. Serve immediately.
Modifications and Substitutions
While I prefer the flavor from Pork Carnitas, you can use any smoked or BBQ pork, or leftover meat with a neutral/Mexican flavor as needed.
If desired, you can mix the leftover pulled pork with some additional BBQ sauce before putting it on the chips.
Want it spicy? Add more jalapenos, spicier salsa, and even hot sauce.
If you want a cheese sauce, you can use our Sausage Beer Cheese Nachos sauce to add!
Other great additions to the nachos include bacon, pineapple, pinto beans, guacamole, sour cream, lime wedges, salsa, corn salsa, or anything else you can think of that sounds delicious!
I like colby jack as it has a great mix of sharp cheddar and a melty Monterey Jack. You can use any cheese as preferred such as pepperjack, Mexican blend cheese, or just cheddar or Monterey Jack.
The layer of shredded cheese on the chips will protect them from getting too soggy too fast!
Also make sure to eat them immediately as over time, the chips will get cold and soften.
You can toss the pork with the BBQ sauce before adding to the nachos if desired. This will give you a stronger BBQ flavor. I personally find leaving it separate evens out the flavor over the chips better.
You can serve BBQ nachos with other Mexican themed recipes such as quesadillas, soups, salads, Mexican chicken, rice, etc.
If served up for game day or with other appetizers, use anything you like!
Add toppings as desired based on what you love! You can also serve this as a nacho bar and have all the topping options on the side.
Options include shredded lettuce, hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, corn salsa, and olives.
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Easy BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe
- 11 ounces tortilla chips (one bag)
- 1 ½ cups pork carnitas shredded or chopped, see note 1
- 2 cups colby jack cheese or a mixture of cheddar with monterey jack or pepperjack
- ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
- 2 Tablespoons white onion diced
- ½ can black beans drained and rinsed
- ⅓ cup jalapeno slices pickled or fresh
- additional toppings as desired such as salsa, sour cream, guacamole, fresh cilantro, bacon, pineapple, etc
- Preheat oven to 400℉.
- Spread the chips out over a large baking sheet in an even layer.11 ounces tortilla chips
- Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the chips.2 cups colby jack cheese
- Sprinkle the pork, beans, onion, and jalapenos over the cheese.1 ½ cups pork carnitas, 2 Tablespoons white onion, ½ can black beans, ⅓ cup jalapeno slices
- Bake the nachos for approximately 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with the BBQ sauce.⅓ cup BBQ sauce
- Top with additional toppings as desired such as sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.additional toppings as desired
- I prefer the pork carnitas for flavor but you can use any leftover Mexican or neutral pork as desired. Shred or chop based on preference.
- Use more or less of any ingredient as desired.
- This can serve 4 as a meal or 8 as a snack or appetizer.