15 Creative Recipes Using Leftover Pulled Pork

If you’re looking for recipes using leftover pulled pork, which is one of the most popular Instant Pot dishes, this post is for you. We’re going to showcase the versatility of pulled pork and give you fabulous ideas for using it up in more than just tacos.

Recipes Using Leftover Pulled Pork

When it comes to batch cooking or meal prep of meat dishes, pulled pork is one of those versatile foods that can be used in many ways. You might have only used it in nachos or sliders but today you will learn many more recipes with leftover pulled pork.

Different ways to cook pulled pork

Before we begin, let’s cover the basis: how to cook pulled pork. You can do this on the stove, in the oven, in a slow cooker or in the Instant Pot or another type of pressure cooker, which is the fastest method. 

For Instant Pot pulled pork, check out our super tasty and fast recipe here. You can use it as a template and add your own rub seasoning and sauce. We use a 6-quart Instant Pot and it only takes about 70 minutes from start to finish.

Stovetop: in this method, you are braising the pork meat until super tender, then shred it and either finish under a grill or barbecue or as is. Stovetop method takes about 3 hours. Check out this recipe for stovetop BBQ pulled pork.

Oven: Slow cooking the pork in the oven is the most popular method as the meat gets tender and browned at the same time. This method requires long, slow cooking for optimal results, so you’re looking at anywhere between 3-6 hours. Here is an easy oven pulled pork recipe to try.


Crockpot/Slowcooker pulled pork: If you have a crockpot at home, this method is a great hands-free, make-ahead alternative. It might take up to 8 hours but it’s a set and forget method, which suits many cooks. Try this popular slow cooker pulled pork recipe.

Whichever your preferred cooking method is, here are some fabulous recipes using pulled pork.

1. Classic pulled pork sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the easiest and obvious way to enjoy pulled pork. The buns are a perfect balance to soak up the sauce and keep everything intact for an amazing flavor-packed bite. You can have it the classic way with bbq and side of fries. Or try to take it up a notch on the flavor meter with some Caribbean jerk seasoning and garnish with mango salsa.

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2. Crowd-pleasing pulled pork sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders
When you want summer to come a little faster, make these tropical Pulled Pork Hawaiian sliders from Momma Fit Lyndsey. If you can’t fly to Hawai, bring Hawai to your table. Sliders are a nice way of not committing to a full sandwich especially when you want to try other dishes on the buffet table of a bbq picnic. You can make a bunch to set on a platter for an easy grab and go option for those sitting at the pool.

3. Pulled pork nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Nachos are the ultimate food to share. Having pulled pork already stored in the fridge or freezer makes it easy to whip up a tray for an unexpected crowd. Just add some tomatoes, peppers, and cheese. For some kick top it off with jalapenos shown in this Pulled Pork Nachos from I Am Homesteader. But this will be so good you won’t want to share.

4. Pulled pork pizza

Pulled Pork Pizza

Lately, I’ve been very into pizza and mixing things up with different sauces and toppings. I’m basically head over heels in love with the sauce on this Thai pizza. Sweet and spicy chili sauce – it’s absolutely mouth-wateringly delish. I could eat it with a spoon. 

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5. pulled pork mac and cheese

BBQ Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese in itself is a childhood favorite that no one can deny. Throw in some pulled pork and you just made this a grown-up meal that speaks to your guilty pleasure. Each bite will tempt you to take another with all that cheese. BBQ Pulled Pork Macaroni and Cheese from Sweet Recipes.

6. Cheesy pulled pork enchiladas

Pork Carnitas Enchiladas

Enchiladas is a great family meal to put together on a weeknight. Roll a few to put in a casserole dish with sauce and cheese. While it’s in the oven prepare some beans and rice. Margaritas would be nice too and would make this a fiesta. Try Pulled Pork Enchiladas (Pork Carnitas) from Recipe Tin Eats.

7. Hearty pulled pork chili

Pulled Pork Chili

Nothing is as cozy and comforting as a warm bowl of chili. You don’t need anything else in the world. There are so many recipes and versions of chili to satisfy everyone’s craving. Adding pork only makes it better and jazzes up the texture from traditional ground beef and beans.

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8. Pulled Pork Burritos

Pulled Pork Burritos

You can put anything in a burrito and that’s what is wonderful about this food pouch of possibilities. Pulled pork is contained and smothered with cheese. Have you noticed the food truck revolution pioneering burritos for a quick but satisfying meal on the go? Try these Cheesy Smothered Pulled Pork Burritos Recipe for Two from Zona Cooks.

9. Pulled Pork Skillet

Pulled Pork Skillet

An iron skillet is a treasure in the kitchen. It holds so much flavor from so many meals cooked with it. Adding this Pulled Pork Enchilada Skillet from Buns In My Oven to its life will just enrich the seasoning history. Garnish with cilantro and you will have the whole house sizzling. 


10. Pulled Pork Casserole

Pulled Pork Casserole

Casseroles are great for a party to feed a crowd. When you are short on time between cooking and getting ready, this is perfect to throw together with leftover pulled pork and bake. It’s easy to transport too since it’s all in one dish. They have fashionable travel casserole bags in the stores that keep it warm and not burn you when transporting.

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11. Pulled Pork Fries

Pulled Pork Fries
Who doesn’t love fries? Can we make them any more addictive? Yes! Pulled Pork will take ordinary stripes of potato into something ready to score on game day. Load up on these BBQ Pulled Pork Fries from Taste Made with cheese, sour cream, and extra bbq. Everyone will be cheering you on. 

12. Pulled Pork Cuban Style

Pulled Pork Cuban

A hot freshly pressed Cuban sandwich with stringy cheese melting as you take a bite will leave mustard on your smiling face. Pork is king in Cuba and it’s added to everything. Why have just a plain ham sandwich when you can dress it up with pulled pork and pickles? Serve with a side of fried rice with more leftover pulled pork. 

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13. Pulled Pork Wontons & Egg Rolls

Pulled Pork Egg Rolls

Pulled pork has a lot of attention in Spanish foods. It has it’s a spotlight in Asian cuisine as well. Imagine succulent, sweet, and zesty pulled pork wrapped in a crispy egg roll with silky smoked gouda cheese. Or serving as an appetizer with mango jalapeno salsa. There’s nothing ordinary about these recipes. 

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14. Pulled Pork Breakfast

Pulled Pork Breakfast

Breakfast doesn’t have to be cold cereal or boring oats. You can make a breakfast hash out of anything. Common ingredients that you already have such as potatoes, onions, and vegetables can be great paired with pulled pork. Quiche is another elegant way of combining leftover ingredients from the fridge.

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15. And in tacos, of course

Pulled Pork Tacos

Taco Tuesdays is a thing for a reason. Because everyone loves tacos. They are easy and a crowd-pleaser for customization. People love making their own creations out of fail-proof combinations. You can make your tacos with a Mexican flare with flavors of oregano, cumin, chili powder, and lime juice. Or an Asian influence smothered in savory, sweet, and spicy sauce then piled with fresh Pineapple Salsa and Sriracha.

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Recipes Using Leftover Pulled Pork

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