Tortilla chips piled high with habanero cheddar cheese, pulled pork, red peppers, onions, black beans and pico de gallo. These pulled pork nachos are so delicious and flavorful, and just perfect for using up leftover carnitas!
Carnitas, or Mexican pulled pork, have become a family favourite around here so we make them as often as we can. Despite our best efforts at eating all the tacos, there is always leftover pulled pork that ends up in the freezer for a later date.
These pulled pork nachos are a great way to repurpose those leftovers if you're tired of tacos or just craving something with a little more crunch! Simply pull some out of the freezer a day before (or make these nachos the next night with the leftovers - honestly, carnitas are so good you won't mind eating them for days) then pile on the toppings and bake away!
Cheesy, juicy, slow cooked pulled pork and all the toppings - nachos just don't get better (and easier) than this!
You're going to love this!
- 15 minute recipe - If you are making this with leftover pulled pork, these nachos take just 15 minutes to put together. Perfect for an easy snack or even a fast meal!
- Totally tasty - You just can't beat the flavour of pulled pork. It's so juicy and tender, and just perfect for piling onto nachos along with a few other fresh and simple ingredients.
- Leftover makeover - If you're all taco-ed out and looking for a new way to eat leftover pulled pork from taco night you're going to love this!
- Tortilla chips - use your favourite! I would suggest something on the thicker side though so they will hold up to being covered in toppings without breaking when picked up from the plate.
- Cheese - I used habanero cheddar. It's my new favourite cheese for Mexican dishes. Good substitutes are cheddar or Monterey Jack.
- Pulled pork - I used leftovers from my carnitas. We always have some in the freezer!
- Black beans - they add a great amount of flavour to these nachos also with the benefit of adding healthy fibre to the dish.
- Black olives - these are my favourite on nachos, but go ahead and use olives that you love.
- Red pepper - adds a nice sweetness and crunch to the nachos.
- Pico de gallo - whip up a batch of your own pico de gallo if you're not lucky enough to have this available to you in your grocery store.
How to make them
Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add the pulled pork and heat until the meat is saucy and juicy.
Spread the tortilla chips across a sheet pan in a single layer, then top with the shredded cheese, then the pulled pork, then the black beans, red pepper and olives.
Bake in the oven at 400ºF for 8-10 minutes, until the cheesy is nice and bubbly. Remove the tray from the oven and cover with the pico de gallo. Add some sour cream and chopped cilantro for extra flavour!
We love these nachos as it, but if you want to really do them up add some more toppings!
Some really great options are:
- guacamole or chopped avocado
- shredded lettuce
- pickled red onion or jalapenos
- sliced radish
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Pulled Pork Nacos
- Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat and add the pulled pork. Heat for about 5 minutes or until warmed through.
- Lay out the tortilla chips single file across the baking sheet.
- Top with the shredded cheese, pulled pork, black beans, red pepper and black olives.
- Bake at 400ºF for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven and top with cilantro, sour cream and pico de gallo.
* nutritional information is calculated by online tools and may not be 100% accurate.