The Best Nachos Ever {pulled pork, pinto beans, green chiles, and 2 cheese nachos}

Without a doubt these are the best nachos ever, they are made with pulled pork, pinto beans and green chiles and not one, but TWO cheeses, so that every chip is covered in cheesy perfection!

The best nachos ever - pulled pork pinto bean and green chilies nachos

You know how certain people have signature dishes they make? Well, if there were ever a signature dish that my husband makes, it is these nachos! My husband is the unofficial king of nachos in our house, he has the patience to toast the chips and layer on the different ingredients and then toast everything again. He also has the patience (and muscles) to shred the cheese by hand while I on the other hand, have the patience of a two year old and ask ‘are they done yet’ every few seconds. I’m sure it’s really fun to have me in the kitchen whenever these are made haha.

Nacho-ingredients

One of the keys of good nachos is to have really crispy chips. You don’t want soggy chips, so the steps that include baking the chips without toppings, then baking the chips with cheese, then baking the chips with all the toppings is not to be missed. This is what makes the nachos truly spectacular. I always just want to put all the toppings on and just eat nachos immediately (because let’s be real, I could eat nachos every day) but the extra steps of baking is truly notable in the end flavors, and it really doesn’t even take that long!

Chips-for-nachos

These nachos are made with my 3 ingredient pulled pork (which is super easy to make) – you put a pork shoulder in a slow cooker, liberally salt and pepper it, then add in a quartered red onion and pour soda in to cover the meat (usually two cans of either Pepsi or Coke), you then cook it on low for 8 hours and you’re left with this amazingly juicy and tender pulled pork. The pork works perfectly for the nachos because it carries a hint of sweetness that is complimented perfectly by the other ingredients.

Making-nachos

Two cheese are used- pepperjack cheese for a little kick and heat, and then chipotle gouda is used for smokey notes. I’m all about lots of cheese on my nachos, so when my hubby was making these and I saw that he melted cheese on chips and then added more toppings and MORE cheese on top, I knew these would be a winner.

the best nachos - nachos with pulled pork pinto beans green chiles and two cheeses

There’s nothing worse than having nachos and there not being enough cheese-to-chip or toppings-to-chips or something being off in that equation! I never worry about that with these. The chips are baked with half the cheese, then pulled pork, pinto beans, green chilies sprinkled on top and it is baked again. The end result is nothing short of amazing!

Pulled pork nachos - the best nachos ever!

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The Best Nachos Ever {pulled pork, green chilies and cheese nachos}
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips (we use the Mission rounds - you want a thicker tortilla chip)
  • 2 cups - about 1 lb pulled pork (I use my recipe for 3 ingredient pulled pork)
  • 1 tsp each: cumin, chili powder, garlic salt and salt
  • 1 can of pinto beans, drained (not rinsed)
  • 1 can of diced green chiles (to your preferred heat level - we use medium)
  • 8 oz pepperjack cheese, shredded
  • 10 oz chipotle gouda, shredded
  • for toppings/serving: cilantro, green onion, and sour cream
Instructions
  1. I like to make the pork a day ahead of time so that everything is ready to go for nachos.
  2. Preheat oven to 300.
  3. Lay chips on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven.
  4. While the chips are baking, shred the cheese in a big bowl and set aside.
  5. Remove chips from oven and sprinkle half the cheese on the chips. Return the pan to the oven and allow the cheese to melt (about 3-5 minutes.)
  6. In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the pulled pork and add in the seasonings (1 tsp each: cumin, chili powder, garlic salt and salt) and after 3 minutes stir in the can of pinto beans and green chiles and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove chips from oven, and then spoon the pork, beans, and green chilies mixture on top and then sprinkle remaining cheese. Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes (or until the cheese has melted) then remove from oven and serve!
  8. I like to sprinkle some cilantro and green onions on top and then serve it with sour cream to dip in.
Notes
My husband really likes bold spices and said he adds an extra teaspoon of cumin and chili powder when I'm not looking, so if you like it a little spicier feel free to add more spices!
And could these be timed any more perfectly? Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, and this year I’m super jazzed!

Pulled pork nachos
Here are some recipe suggestions:

Or, if you don’t feel like cooking, here’s a suggestion for a Cinco de Mayo party with no cooking required!

The best nachos ever - pulled pork nachos, recipe from@sweetphi

Have you ever made homemade nachos? What are your Cinco de Mayo plans?

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Showing 26 comments
  • Rachel @ Bakerita
    Reply

    These nachos are making me crave gooey, cheesy tortilla chips before 8am…and I’m totally okay with it. The pulled pork and green chiles are the perfect addition. Pinned!!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I’m always craving nachos lol! Thank you so much for the pin girl, always very much appreciated 😉 And happy cinco de mayo to you 🙂

  • Reply

    I have to remind myself not to come here during working hours. All your photos are so “real” looking. Im starving now lol. Mexican food is my absolute favorite.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much for your super sweet compliments about my photography 🙂 Mexican food is my absolute favorite as well, I cannot get enough!

  • Denise E.
    Reply

    These nachos will be made at my house soon! Cute hubby, Phi! 😉

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much Denise, I think your family will love them! And my hubby is definitely a keeper 🙂

  • steworastory
    Reply

    Phi, these look amazing! i think we’re going out to eat at a Mexican restaurant with friends, but I wish we were making these nachos at home instead. Adam LOVES pulled pork (and I’m a fan of it too!) so these nachos would be a big hit at our house. Nachos are a good signature dish to have around!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I hope you had an awesome Cinco de Mayo!! Nachos are just such a great dish to have as a signature dish, I always tell Nick he needs to make them more 🙂

  • Reply

    Nachos are a great signature dish to have! Looks yummy and fabulous!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much Laura, nachos are the best, aren’t they?

  • Suné Moolman
    Reply

    Oh.my.word! These look so cheesylicious! Yummy!!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hahah, love the word cheesylicious, I’m pretty sure that needs to make it into the dictionary 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Amanda
    Reply

    These nachos are amazing! Love this!!!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Those nachos are by far my fave! Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  • Lynn Lovejoy
    Reply

    OMG I need to make these immediately!!! WOW like I’m legit drooling over here! Wishing I had the ingredients to make them right now, even though it’s midnight (or maybe especially bc it’s midnight hah!) Love this and you! Great recipe!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much girl! I think you and Matt would loooove these! I mean, is there anything better than nachos? Lots of love right back at you 🙂

  • NK
    Reply

    I’ll confess that I add extra cumin and chili powder when Phi’s not looking. The recipe will be great as written, but I love cumin and a little extra heat. 🙂

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hahaha, you’re so sneaky honey! I didn’t know you added more, I’ll totally add that as a note in your amazing recipe 🙂

      • NK
        Reply

        Love Cumin….

        Also, I think you could add some frozen corn or hotter peppers or other things to the meat/bean mixture as desired. This is basically a solid starting point! 😀

        • Sweetphi
          Reply

          Oh the cumin lol, thanks for the additional suggestions 🙂

  • plasterer bristol
    Reply

    These sound so good, thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe.

    Simon

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re so welcome. Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  • Carrie
    Reply

    Can I use a pork loin to make this?

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hi Carrie, yes, you can use pork loin to make the pulled pork (I’ve also used pork tenderloins)

  • carrie
    Reply

    Sorry, I’m interested in two of your recipes. My question was actually for your 3 ingredient pulled pork. oops! 🙂

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