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Root Beer Pulled Pork Nachos

I count on my slow cooker to do the honors when I have a house full of summer guests. Teenagers especially love DIY nachos. Try cola, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda if you’re not into root beer. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer or cola
  • 12 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Optional: Pico de gallo, chopped green onions and sliced jalapeno peppers


  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine pork roast and root beer. Cook, covered, on low 8-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove roast; cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker; keep warm.
  • To serve, drain pork. Layer tortilla chips with pork, cheese, tomatoes and optional toppings as desired. Serve immediately.
Test Kitchen tips:
  • The cooked, cooled meat can be frozen in freezer containers for up to four months. Just be sure the cooking liquid covers the meat so it doesn't dry out. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight, then reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • We tested this recipe with regular root beer, not diet or low-calorie.
  • Don't like root beer? Try cola, ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 391 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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    • Kimberly
      Apr 11, 2020

      This recipe is great! Bland? Some older folks like it bland, and I always put out jalapenos, cilantro, hot sauce, pico de gallo, etc. for everyone to add what they want to make it zippier, if that's what they desire. This way everyone is happy and there will be NO leftovers.

    • Katie
      Apr 19, 2019

      Bland and tasteless. Even added my own seasoning and nothing.

    • rena 55
      Oct 5, 2017

      Oh my, this is so delicious! Make the meat for pulled pork sandwiches or do the nachos...can't go wrong! Crock pot makes this an easy entree that will be made often!

    • amsm
      Sep 16, 2017

      An easy recipe for pulled pork that resulted in a tender roast, but I was disappointed in the lack flavor. It was great with barbecue sauce on buns. But for nachos, we like more flavor and spice.

    • Debglass11
      Aug 25, 2017

      This is wonderful!! I used root beer and the end result was melt-in-your-mouth pork! This recipe is so versatile because you can do almost anything with it and the crock pot does all the work. Some of us had it with corn tortillas and all the condiments indicated in the recipe; others piled it on buns with barbecue sauce. Next time we'll try it on tortilla chips! This is my new go-to pulled pork recipe! Super easy and delicious!Volunteer Field Editor