Hawaiian Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe

Ingredients

For the Pulled Pork:

  • 3-4 lb boneless pork shoulder (also called pork butt)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite pork seasoning (or a mix of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite kind, sweet or spicy)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or apple juice
  • 1 (15oz) can crushed pineapple, with juice

For the Nachos:

  • 1 large bag tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or a Mexican blend)
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapenos
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, sour cream, avocado or guacamole, sliced black olives, mango salsa

Instructions

Make the Pulled Pork:

  • Preheat: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Sear the pork: Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or oven-safe pot over medium-high heat. Season the pork shoulder all over with your seasoning mix. Sear the pork on all sides until browned.
  • Slow Cook: Add BBQ sauce, chicken broth (or apple juice), and crushed pineapple with juice to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover the pot tightly with a lid. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 3-4 hours, or until the pork shreds easily with two forks.
  • Shred the pork: Remove the pork from the pot and shred it using two forks. Return the shredded pork to the pot with the cooking juices to keep it moist.

Assemble and Bake the Nachos:

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Layer the chips: Spread tortilla chips evenly on a large baking sheet.
  • Add toppings: Layer half of the shredded pork, half the shredded cheese, pineapple, red onion, and jalapenos on top of the chips. Repeat the layering with the remaining ingredients.
  • Bake: Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly.

Serve:

  • Top with your desired toppings like cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, black olives, or mango salsa.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Slow Cooker Option: The pulled pork can also be made in a slow cooker. Sear the pork as directed, then place all the ingredients for the pork into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Adjust spice level: Customize the heat level by using more or fewer jalapeno slices or by choosing a spicier BBQ sauce.
  • Make it a meal: Serve your nachos with a side of rice and beans for a complete and satisfying meal.

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