Southwest Carnitas Nachos Recipe

Bring the crowd to the table for a tasty nacho treat – perfect for game day or any day.
  • Ready in: 8 hours
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 7 hours, 40 minutes
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  • Servings: Makes 10-12 servings

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  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 4 sections
  • 1 poblano chile pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 packet Southwest Slow Cooker Sauce Mix , divided
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer or beef broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 (13 ounce) package tortilla chips
  • Toppings such as diced tomatoes, chopped onions, shredded lettuce, sliced jalapeño peppers, chopped avocados or guacamole, sour cream, salsa

cooking methods

  • Slow Cooker


  1. In a 3-quart or larger slow cooker, combine pork, pepper and onions. Remove 1 tablespoon Southwest Slow Cooker Sauce Mix from packet and set aside. In small bowl, whisk together remaining Southwest Slow Cooker Sauce Mix and beer. Pour over roast. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours or HIGH 3-4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove roast and vegetables from slow cooker; shred pork. Set aside.
  3. In medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream cheese on HIGH 1 minute. Whisk in milk and remaining 1 tablespoon Southwest Slow Cooker Sauce Mix. Microwave 1 minute; whisk vigorously until smooth. Whisk in ½ cup cheese. Microwave 1 minute or until smooth.
  4. Lay out half the tortilla chips on a large rimmed baking sheet. Layer with half the pork and vegetables, half the cream cheese mixture and ¾ cup cheese. Repeat layers. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Sprinkle with desired toppings and serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa, if desired.
Makes 10-12 servings.

Make Ahead: Prepare through step 2 and refrigerated, covered, up to 2 days ahead.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME versatile recipe This recipe was delicious. It is one of my favorite TS items. It makes a large batch. I used the leftover meat for tacos, taco salad and burrito bowls. You may use the meat for any Mexican dish or freeze the leftovers. The seasoning goes a long way so I used a huge roast.
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! These nachos were a crowd favorite! The cheese sauce comes out smooth and creamy with just enough spice! We topped it with fresh pico and sour cream. This is going to be our football go to snack!
Date published: 2018-08-31
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