Appetizer/ Main Dish

Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso

These Pork Carnitas Nachos are a great sheet pan dinner or party appetizer. The nachos are topped with Homemade Queso and Chipotle Cream Sauce for the perfect finish!

April 3, 2019 (Last Updated: September 30, 2019)
These sheet pan pork carnitas nachos with homemade queso are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, parties, holidays, or game days! Top with fresh cilantro, jalapeno, and lime for the best finishing touch! #nachos #MexicanFood #pork #food

Honestly, is there anything better than chips drenched in melted cheese then topped with an assortment of yumminess?! This Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso recipe is one of my favorite guilty pleasure foods. It is perfect for a busy weeknight when I have leftover Crockpot Pork Carnitas, or for a party to share with friends. This recipe is awesome because the meat can be made ahead of time and used for a variety of recipes like tacos, burrito bowls, and of course these nachos. Get your tummy ready for some goodness, because these nachos will leave you full and happy.

What Do You Need To Make Pork Carnitas Nachos?

For this homemade pork nachos recipe the kitchen supplies you will need are:

  • A sharp knife and cutting board
  • A small saucepan and whisk
  • A cookie sheet
  • A small bowl and spoon
  • A mandolin-optional

The ingredients you will need for these pork carnitas nachos are: 

  • Crockpot Pork Carnitas
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Jalapanos
  • Radishes 
  • Cilantro 
  • Avocados
  • Lime Juice
  • Homemade Queso 
  • Chipotle Mayo

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Common Pork Carnitas Nachos Recipe Questions

Can I freeze these Pork Carnitas Nachos?

No, it would not be a good idea to freeze the finished pork nachos.

How should leftover pork nachos be stored?

I do not recommend saving the nachos once they are assembled. It is best to dispose of any that you have leftover. Everything combined together can get funky if saved. However, you can save the pork and cheese in the fridge for up to 3 days and reassemble the nachos for leftovers. For more leftover ideas and tips for the pork see my Pork Carnitas Tacos recipe.

What kind of cheese is used for nachos?

I love this simple homemade queso and think it goes great with the flavor of the pork. However, if you have a store bought favorite or one you already love and make toss it on there! If you are wanting to use shredded cheese then place the chips on a sheet pan and top with pork and cheese and warm in the oven until cheese is good and melted, about 10 minutes. Then top with extras like jalapeno and cilantro. If you are using a liquid cheese out of a jar just heat it up first then assemble your nachos.

I don’t like pork! Can I use a different kind of meat for these nachos?

Sure, why not. You could use leftover chicken or steak. My tip would be that you don’t use a meat with a competing flavor or marinade For example, don’t use chicken that was topped with caeser salad dressing. That would be no good. Stick with something in the Mexican spice family, or neutral like garlic or pepper. Another option for a vegetarian twist would be using fajita veggies or cooked tofu.

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Pork Carnitas Nachos Toppings Ideas

I feature fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, sliced avocados, and sliced radishes for this nachos recipe. Some other great things you could use instead are:

  • your favorite salsa
  • sour cream
  • diced tomatoes
  • Serrano peppers
  • black beans
  • cooked corn
  • diced red pepper

Happy Eating!

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Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso

These Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso are the best for a weeknight dinner or to share with friends and a party! Top with jalapeno for a spicy kick!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Easy Sheetpan Pork Nachos, Pork Carnitas Nachos, Pork Nachos with Homemade Queso
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 497kcal


  • 2 1/2 Cups Crockpot Pork Carnitas Shredded
  • 16 Oz Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Fresh Jalepeno Diced or Sliced- Optional
  • 4 Small Radish Thinly Sliced-Optional
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 Avocado Sliced or Diced

Homemade Queso

  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3-1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin

Chipotle Cream Sauce


Homemade Queso

  • In a small saucepan add the butter and heat over medium heat until melted. Add in the flour and stir until combined, about 1 minute. Add the milk and whisk to avoid clumps and slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. 
  • Slowly add in both cheeses and continuously stir until melted.* Finally, add in remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Keep warm until ready to use. 

Chipotle Cream Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside until ready to use. 

Nacho Assembly

  • Prepare extras by slicing or dicing jalapeno and avocado. Thinly slice the radishes with a sharp knife or mandolin. Remove fresh cilantro from stems, and juice lime if using fresh. 
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and cover evenly with tortilla chips. Top with warm Crockpot Pork Carnitas, Homemade Queso and Chipotle Cream Sauce. Next add additional extras like sliced jalapenos, radish, lime juice, and fresh cilantro.  Alternatively, you could place all ingredients out and each individual could make their own plate. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts
Pork Carnitas Nachos with Homemade Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 237
% Daily Value*
Fat 26.3g40%
Saturated Fat 7.3g46%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 350mg15%
Potassium 723mg21%
Carbohydrates 36.3g12%
Fiber 6.7g28%
Sugar 2.2g2%
Protein 30.7g61%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*If the queso is thicker than you like after adding in the cheese then add more milk. If the queso is too thin you can add additional cheese until reaching the desired consistency. 


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.3g | Protein: 30.7g | Fat: 26.3g | Saturated Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 6.7g | Sugar: 2.2g | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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  • Reply
    April 3, 2019 at 9:38 am

    5 stars
    I love any kind of food that is crunchy, full of flavours and can be eaten by hands. This is deffffinitely a recipe for me!! yum 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    April 3, 2019 at 9:28 am

    5 stars
    These nachos look fantastic! I love the homemade queso on there 🙂

  • Reply
    April 3, 2019 at 7:47 am

    5 stars
    I love this! And thank you so much for including a vegetarian option, will definitely add this to our weekend meal plan x

  • Reply
    April 3, 2019 at 4:23 am

    5 stars
    Oh my, these nachos look perfect! I can’t wait to try this for our next gathering ♥

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 3, 2019 at 4:06 am

    5 stars
    This is my ideal dish! I love pork, and I love anything with these delicious flavours.
    Yum! This is a beautiful meal.

  • Reply
    April 3, 2019 at 2:18 am

    5 stars
    These nachos look amazing, but it’s the queso recipe that really has me drooling!

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