I have this little problem when it comes to Kalua Pork – I always have leftovers for days. So – I tend to keep some recipe ideas on hand and freestyle it a bit when it comes to a bit of leftover luv. Thankfully, one of my tried and trues are these must make Kalua Pork Nachos – essentially it’s an island twist on a classic game day snack!
Sure, you can make nachos out of many things but I tossed a bit of a spin on this, layering the smoky kalua pork over multicolored tortilla chips with some refried beans, crisp veggies, pickled jalapenos, melty cheese, a slightly heavy-handed drizzle of sour cream and my favorite Spicy Pineapple Salsa. It’s all about the layers of flavor, my friends. Added bonus – I had most of the ingredients on hand in the pantry already – easy peasy! I couldn’t even do my typical stare into the abyss of the fridge – when in doubt, make nachos!
I won’t lie – while it’s an appetizer for friends and fam to graze on, friends and I have been known to have these Kalua Pork Nachos for dinner with a beer and, perhaps, watching the Phillies lose — again (sigh) I’m going to blame the horrid baseball season this year on them sending our favorite Flyin’ Hawaiian Victorino away but I digress… back to all things nachos…
Looking for some good game day grub? Have a craving for nachos and have some Kalua Pork on standby – make these Kalua Pork Nachos! Don’t forget to make me a plate please!
Let’s make this!
Gather your ingredients
Seriously – it’s all in the layers
Now – all we need is to drizzle a little sour cream and BOOM!
Let me make you a plate!
- 2½ cups of shredded kalua pork
- 1 bag of tortilla chips (or as I did, I used a bag of blue corn chips and some standard tortilla chips for variety)
- 1½ cups of refried beans
- 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese blend
- 1 avocado, roughly diced
- ¼ cup of pickled jalapenos
- ½ cup of spicy pineapple salsa
- ¼ cup of light sour cream
- 2 green onions/scallions, sliced for garnish
- Lime wedges for garnish
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil, add a layer of tortilla chips.
- Follow this layer with some kalua pork and some refried beans.
- Sprinkle some black beans over this layer and half of the shredded cheese.
- Start another layer with the remaining tortilla chips and remainder of the kalua pork.
- Add the remainder of the refried beans and the black beans and finish with the last of the shredded cheese and the pickled jalapenos.
- Put into the oven and bake for 5 - 10 minutes, until the pork is warmed through and the cheese is all melted.
- Remove and top with the spicy pineapple salsa and drizzle over the sour cream.
- Garnish with the sliced green onions and serve with a bit of lime.