20 Easy dinner ideas using leftover pulled pork

Transform last night’s dinner into another incredible meal that your family will love! Depending on how you prepare pulled pork, it can take quite a bit of time to make it makes sense to make a large batch of tender pulled pork and use it for multiple meals. In my opinion, pulled pork tastes even better a few days after it is made. There are so many fantastic meals you can make using your leftover pulled pork. I have rounded up the best mouthwatering recipes on the interwebs leftover pulled pork recipes

Here in the midwest, every family has their own special pulled pork recipe. Making a large batch is always a good idea whether you make your pulled pork in the oven, a dutch oven, a slow cooker, or an Instant Pot.

There are so many comfort food meals you can make with your leftovers! Pork sandwiches, pork pizza, pork nachos, pork burritos, pulled pork tacos, pork mac, pork sliders, pork chili, pork enchiladas, pork tamales, pork shepherd’s pie, pork quesadilla, and so many more delicious family-friendly meals!

You can repurpose your leftover pulled pork for:


Dinner the following night

You can also freeze pulled pork and use it in meal weeks or even months later!

Here is a list of Pantry Items to keep on hand so you can easily repurpose your leftover pulled pork.

Barbecue Sauce


Sour Cream

Mexican condiments, like salsa and enchilada sauce

cheddar cheeses

frozen vegetables like corn, carrots, and peas




How to Freeze Pulled Pork

After my family is finished with pulled pork, I will store the pork in the fridge. After the pork has completely cooled, I will transfer it to a freezer bag and seal it, letting all the air out of it. You can store the pork in your freezer for up to three months. Defrost the pork by removing the freezer bag from the freezer and thaw the bag in warm water or microwave the frozen pork Your pork will be ready to make a scrumptious round-two meal!

Here are 20 easy meal ideas you can make -using leftover pulled pork.

All of these recipes are delicious, budget-friendly, and mostly use pantry ingredients to make!

 Click on each link or click on the photo to view each recipe. 

1.  Pulled Pork Taquitos 

Pulled pork works excellent with tex mex-inspired recipes. These pulled pork taquitos are crispy, comforting, and the perfect thing to eat for dinner after a long and exhausting day!  These come together quickly, and your entire family will love them!

2. Cuban French Bread Pizza

A Cuban sandwich might be my favorite way to eat pork!  These Cuban sandwiches are easy to throw together after ball practice on a Tuesday night!  All you need is french bread, your leftover pulled pork, pickles, mustard, and provolone cheese! Yum!

3. Pulled Pork Mexican Pizza 

Here in Iowa, taco pizza is one of our most popular signature dishes.  Just add some southwestern flavors to your pork and add your favorite taco toppings on a pizza crust for a super easy meal idea!

4. Smoked Pulled Pork Hash 

Leftover pulled pork tastes amazing with sweet potato hash!  This is an easy and satisfying dinner to make using your leftover pulled pork, potatoes, and other pantry ingredients you have at home.  Your family will love this dinner!  You can also add an egg, cheese, beans, or salsa on top of this hash if you like!

5.  Pulled Pork Stuffed Avocados

If you’re looking for a low-carb round-two meal, consider making these satisfying pulled pork stuffed avocados.  You can add toppings galore to these for an incredible weeknight dinner or lunch the next day.

6.  Pulled Pork Bratwurst 

In my opinion, bratwurst is the ultimate summer treat!  Repurpose your pulled pork as a topping for the next time you make bratwurst!  My family absolutely loves this meal idea!

7. Pulled Pork Shepherds Pie 

Shepherds pie will come together super fast when your meat is already cooked! Even though traditional shepherd’s pie is made with lamb or ground beef, you will LOVE the way Shepherd’s pie tastes when you make it using pulled pork.  All you need to do is add some frozen vegetables and whip up some potatoes for this recipe!

8) BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 

These pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes make a satisfying dinner idea any night of the week!  All you need to do is bake some potatoes in the oven or your instant pot when you get home in the evening, and top it with leftover barbecue pulled pork, cheese, and any other baked potato toppings you like!

9. Pulled Pork Mashed Potato Sundaes

Mashed potato sundaes are a classic dish at the Iowa State Fair.  They also make a super easy dinner idea!  Making mashed potatoes on the stove or in your Instant Pot only takes a few minutes.  You will have dinner served in no time flat!


10. Pulled Pork Sweet Pepper Tacos 

These mini sweet pepper tacos take just minutes to prepare and make for a healthy and filling lunch or dinner!  Be sure to add your favorite toppings to these mini taco poppers! 

11. Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps 

If you’re looking for a healthier lunch or dinner option, then you can make pleasing lettuce wraps.  It is easy to add Asian flavors to your pork to switch up suppertime!

12. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls 

Pulled pork tastes just as good on burrito bowls as ground beef or chicken.  We tend to make burrito bowls in our house, often using whatever leftover meat we have around.   You can also make rice in your Instant Pot for a super quick meal option.

13. Pulled Pork Hoagie 

Barbecue sandwiches are a classic party dish here in the Midwest. They are so delicious and never get old.  If you’re looking for a super quick dinner idea, pick up some hoagie rolls on the way home from work and create this mouthwatering sandwich, along with your favorite sandwich toppings.

14. Pulled Pork and Pineapple Pizza

As an Iowan, It is my full belief that your leftover pork belongs on pizza, especially if it is barbecue pulled pork! This dinner recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and savory!  You can whip up homemade pizza dough, use a store-bought crust, or use flatbread for easy prep and bake recipe for any weeknight!

15. Pulled Pork Nachos

Talk about an easy dinner!  Just spread tortilla chips on a sheet pan, add your leftover pulled pork and all the rest of your favorite nacho toppings!  This meal is the perfect quick meal you can literally throw together in minutes!  Your kids will get so excited when they realize they have nachos for dinner!

16. Salsa Verde Carnitas Casserole 

The salsa verde carnitas casserole is cheesy, savory, hearty, and a very satisfying dinner option to make with your leftover pulled pork.  This casserole is easy to throw together and is an impressive way to switch up your dinnertime rotation!

17. Pulled Pork Tacos 

If your family likes tacos, then add some southwest seasonings to your leftover pulled pork and make these delicious pork tacos in a pinch!  Just imagine how easy these will come together with all of your favorite taco toppings! 

18. Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla 

Have you ever had leftover barbecue pork in a crispy quesadilla? Adding barbecue meat to quesadillas is so delicious!  If you make this meal, you should make extra to have enough for lunch the next day!

19. Pulled Pork Rigatoni 

Pasta and pulled pork are a glorious combination!  All you need to do is boil some pasta and make this dish using your leftover pulled pork.  This Pulled Pork Rigatoni can be ready in mere minutes!

20)  Pineapple Pulled Pork over Rice 

When I make rice in my instant pot, it takes less than 20 minutes, and the best part about making rice that way is that you are liberated from your kitchen while it’s cooking.   Add a can of pineapple on top of this meal, and poof, dinner is made!  Kids love pineapple pulled pork over rice!

How do you like your leftover pulled pork?




  1. As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you

  2. Thanks for sharing amazing dinner ideas and tips my son really liked it.

  3. thanks for sharing this. I am gonna bookmark all of these . Loved the photography also. really look amazing

  4. I love pulled pork and making good use out of leftovers. This is a great list…I’ve actually tried many of these ideas.

  5. Ohhhh rigatoni must be so good with pulled pork! I love cooking pasta on weekdays, and having leftover pulled pork comes in very handy!

  6. Great idea to try one by one. Thank your post so much!

  7. My husband recently got a smoker and has been making pulled pork. Thanks for the ideas for all the leftovers.I can’t wait to try tacos for lunch and maybe chili as suggested by another reader.

  8. Smoked a Boston butt a few days ago and we’re tired of bbq pulled pork! A few of these sound great, thanks for taking the time to put it together.

  9. My favorite way to reuse pulled pork is in breakfast burritos with pork, eggs, potatoes, and cheese.

  10. Jenny Braudt

    2020 quarantinee checking in. A lot of good ideas for my add dance of leftover pulled pork, and most I can manage with what I have on hand, thank you.

  11. Oh My God! I just love the recipes you shared. Recently I tried pulled pork tacos and stuffed potatoes for my family get-together by following the recipes you shared. My parents and siblings admired my skills. Lol. I didn’t tell them I took recipes from your site. Hehe… Thank you for sharing!

  12. Pulled pork (without bbq sauce) is also great to use in chili. It’s a different texture than regular chili, but it’s really tasty

  13. I have some much left over pulled pork and was wondering what to do with it all. this post is fantastic and i want to make all the RECIPES.. i cannot wait to get in the kitchen. sorry about all caps, it wouldn’t let me type any other way(and no i don’t have my caps lock on)

  14. Ciara Stick

    That isnt Poutine! Poutine is Made With cheese curds, not cheddar. Using anything but curds is a serious offense to poutine here iN canada.

  15. Thank you for including our nachos in this great round-up. Pinned!

  16. It’s an InstanTpot! Don’t leave out the T and the end of Instant, it does a disservice to this amazing kitchen tool! Pulled pork is one of my faves. in the IP. With only 2 of us. one good-sized ham and one smaller turkey makes for more than a month’s worth of meat and it’s a great deal if you catch holiday sales.

  17. I like really very much this presentation. Hoping to continue to share healthy super food recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I think that these are easy dinner tips leftover. Really liked it.

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  20. thanks for the tips, I’ve purchased pulled pork before and had a lot left over and didn’t know what to do with it. These are excellent ideas for the next time.

  21. Love this – thanks for posting it. I did a few ‘recipe roundups’ – so i know the work this entails ! Well, i just pinned this – great ideas. Esp. the one for poutine!!! ; o )


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