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Quick and Easy Pulled Pork Casserole for Busy Weeknights

Have a ton of leftover pulled pork and don’t know what to do with it?

This delicious Leftover Pulled Pork Casserole recipe is a great way to use up those leftovers and turn them into a whole new meal that the whole family will love.

Leftover pulled pork casserole

Casseroles have become one of my favorite comfort foods to make, especially when it’s an easy casserole recipe. Not only is it always a hearty and filling meal, but it’s the perfect way to use up any leftovers.

This tater tot pulled pork casserole uses very simple ingredients that you can easily find at your grocery store, and combines them with delicious leftover pork to create a delicious meal that can be enjoyed on busy weeknights or on game day!

 

Ingredients Needed for This Leftover Pulled Pork Casserole

Closeup of pulled pork casserole

The star of this recipe is the leftover pulled pork. I highly recommend making my slow cooker pulled pork, which is a healthy & easy recipe to make delicious pulled pork.

Plus, my version is a bit healthier than traditional pulled pork, thanks to the use of pork loin instead of something fattier like pork butt or pork shoulder.

That being said, you can use any leftover pulled pork for this recipe. Whether that’s Instant Pot pulled pork, pulled pork from a smoker, or even takeout, it will all work great in this casserole.

The BBQ sauce in this casserole is the other main ingredient that is going to bring a ton of awesome flavor. You can use any brand of BBQ sauce that you like, but I love using a sugar-free BBQ sauce to keep the calories down a bit.

Sugar free BBQ sauces

G Hughes is my personal favorite, especially the sweet & spicy flavor, but you can use any BBQ sauce you prefer.

The other ingredients we’ll need are canned beans (kidney beans or black beans), canned corn, tomato sauce, bacon, light shredded mozzarella cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese.

And last but certainly not least, we’re topping this casserole with deliciously crispy tater tots. Tater tots are a fantastic way to add texture and amazing flavor to this casserole, but you could also use Fritos or tortilla chips instead.

 

How to Make a Leftover Pulled Pork Casserole

The first step in making this loaded casserole is to bake the tater tots based on the package instructions. My tater tots cook for 20 minutes in the oven to cook, so I was able to prep the rest of the casserole while they cooked.

As the tater tots bake, you can make our quick & easy baked beans. Simply drain and rinse a can of kidney or black beans and add them to a saucepan. Mix in the tomato sauce, 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce, and bacon. Cook the beans over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Making baked beans

Then, in a large bowl, mix the leftover shredded pork with 1/2 cup of your barbecue sauce. Add the pulled pork to an 8×8 or 7×9 casserole dish, covering the bottom of the dish completely.

Note that the baking dish I used is a pretty unique shape, but it’s comparable in size to a small casserole dish.

Assembling pulled pork casserole

Then, layer the corn on top of the pulled pork, followed by the baked beans and the shredded cheese.

Once the tater tots are done, carefully layer them across the top of the casserole to cover everything.

Covered tater tot casserole

Lower the oven heat to 375 degrees F and bake the entire casserole uncovered for 15 minutes to allow it to heat through.

Remove from the oven, top with some chopped green onion, and enjoy!

Tater tot pulled pork casserole dish

If you want to store leftovers of this casserole, I recommend separating the tater tots and storing them in separate containers in the fridge. That way, when it comes time to reheat the leftover casserole, you can reheat the tater tots separately in the oven or air fryer to keep them nice and crispy.

Sometimes I will even remove the tater tots, heat up my leftovers in a large skillet, and then enjoy it as pulled pork nachos instead. There’s no wrong way to do it!

 

Other Ways to Enjoy Leftover Pulled Pork

If you make a large batch of my pulled pork recipe, there are tons of other recipes you can make with your leftovers. Here are some of the best leftover pulled pork recipes:

Leftover Pulled Pork Carnitas

Leftover Pulled Pork Carnitas: Mix your leftover pulled pork with chili powder and seasonings and make a delicious carnitas dish. Serve it in warm tortillas as tacos or burritos, or layer it over a bed of rice to make burrito bowls.

Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders: Use your leftover pulled pork to make delicious sliders, topped with anything you’d like including shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, red onion, and a dollop of BBQ sauce.

Healthy Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Serve your pulled pork on a toasted brioche bun, topped with pickles, BBQ sauce, and healthy coleslaw.

Pulled Pork Burrito Recipe

Pulled Pork Burritos: Fill a warm tortilla with your leftover pulled pork, corn, black beans, cheese, and anything else you’d like for a delicious and filling burrito.

Carnitas Tacos

Pulled Pork Tacos: Serve your pulled pork in corn or flour tortillas, and top with shredded lettuce, jalapeno, and salsa.

Pulled Pork Pizza Recipe

Pulled Pork Pizza: Make a homemade pizza and add some pulled pork and BBQ sauce to the top for an incredible pizza night.

 

These are all great recipes, but they aren’t the only recipes you can make with leftover pulled pork! You can get creative and make pulled pork chili, a pulled pork king ranch casserole, pulled pork mac, pulled pork enchiladas, and so much more.

 

Leftover pulled pork casserole

Leftover BBQ Pulled Pork Casserole

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

If you have a bunch of leftover pulled pork that you need to find a use for, this leftover pulled pork casserole will do the trick! It's layered with a ton of flavor and topped with crispy tater tots for the ultimate comfort food with a healthy twist.

Ingredients

  • 1lb (16oz) Leftover Pulled Pork
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce (or favorite BBQ sauce)
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans or Black Beans
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Bacon Bits or Diced Bacon
  • 1 Can of Corn
  • 1lb Frozen Tater Tots
  • 56g (1/2 Cup) Light Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 56g (1/2 Cup) Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Lay the tater tots on a baking sheet and bake them based on the package instructions. 450 degrees F for about 20 minutes should do the trick.
  2. While the tater tots bake, we'll prep our quick baked beans. Drain and rinse your can of beans, then add them to a saucepan. Mix in 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, and bacon.
  3. Cook the beans over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix your leftover pulled pork with 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce.
  5. Add the pulled pork to a casserole dish (an 8x8 or 7x9 casserole dish works well) to cover the bottom of the dish (no need to use any cooking spray or oil).
  6. Layer the corn on top of the pulled pork, followed by the baked beans, and then the shredded cheese.
  7. Once the tater tots are done in the oven, carefully layer them across the top of the casserole.
  8. Lower the oven heat to 375 degrees F, then bake the entire casserole uncovered for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Notes

  • To store leftovers of this casserole, I recommend separating the tater tots and keeping them in separate containers in the fridge. That way you can reheat the tater tots separately in the oven or air fryer to keep them crispy.
  • You can add additional tater tots to this casserole or even use shredded hashbrowns if you'd like it to create more of a crust on top of this casserole.
  • The casserole dish I used is a unique shape, but it's comparable to an 8x8 casserole dish or a 7x9 dish. The exact size doesn't matter too much, and using a smaller dish just means it will be a little bit deeper.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1/8 of Recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 11gCarbohydrates 32gProtein 21g

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