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Southwestern Nachos Recipe

Southwestern Nachos Recipe

Guests will go crazy when you serve two heaping pans of this cheesy nacho casserole, with tender chunks of pork. You don’t need to worry about filling the chip bowl…the tortilla chips are conveniently baked right in the dish!— Kelly Byler, Goshen, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours YIELD:30 servings


  • 2 boneless whole pork loin roasts (3-1/2 pounds each)
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 package (10 ounces) tortilla chip scoops
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • 1. Cut each roast in half; place in two 5-qt. slow cookers. Combine apple juice, garlic, salt and liquid smoke if desired; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or until tender.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375°. Shred pork with two forks; place in a very large bowl. Stir in 2 cups barbecue sauce, brown sugar and honey. Divide tortilla chips between two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes; top with pork mixture. Combine corn, beans, tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice; spoon over pork mixture. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt cheese with milk. Drizzle cheese sauce and remaining barbecue sauce over nachos. Yield: 30 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 each equals 288 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 548 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Reviews for Southwestern Nachos

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"We love this and it goes over very well at potlucks too! I have to totally disagree with the person who said the flavors don't mix well, I thought they were very complimentary."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"Excellent recipe! I recommend making little, individual, handheld scoops rather than piling everything in a casserole dish. It's more effort, but the presentation and ease of eating is worth it!"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"I halved the recipe when making. So good!"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"I've made this several times and everyone loves it! The only changes I made was cutting the recipe in half and using salsa from a jar."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"I've made this several times and everyone loves it! The only changes I made was cutting the recipe in half and using salsa from a jar."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"I've made this recipe several times! Everyone loves it and always asks for the recipe. The only changes I would suggest cutting the recipe in half for a smaller crowd and using salsa from a jar to save time. Other than that this recipe is awesome!"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This has become a gathering favorite. Every time I go over to someone house for a football party or whatever these are always asked for. Time saver: If you are in a bind, the plain bbq pulled pork that you can buy at Costco works great. Just warm the meat according to package directions mix in the bbq sauce and continue on. If you love to cook outdoors smoke a 2-4 lb pork shoulders over indirect 250-300 deg heat until pork gets to 200 deg internal temp. Pull and and use. Yummy."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"I made these for a 4th of July bbq and everyone loved them. These were gone in a matter of minutes and I wished I would have made more. Yummy!!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Have made this on several occassions - and always get the same response "that is so good"! Not sure what the one star rating is all about - this recipe is tops!"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"My family loves these nachos. It is an awesome spin on a traditional pulled pork recipe. If you go into it thinking taco, then you will be disappointed. An excellent recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2008

"My family loves these. I fixed these for a potluck and the pan was scraped clean. I did serve these with the chips on the side, though."

Reviewed May. 5, 2008

"This recipe was not good. My family did not like it at all. It was very odd. The corn and bean mixture on top just did not mix with the sweet barbecue flavor. I think it would be better if it had been made with a meat that had been seasoned with taco seasoning."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"My family says this is their new favorite!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.