Pulled Pork Tacos {Made Easy with Leftover Pulled Pork}

These leftover pulled pork tacos are a delicious way to use leftover pulled pork. Juicy barbecue pulled pork, shredded cheese, crispy fried onions, and coleslaw make a hearty dinner or lunch recipe everyone will enjoy.

Two tacos laying on a white plate topped with cabbage.

These BBQ pulled pork tacos are one of my favorite ways to use my leftover pulled pork. Like my other pulled pork recipes, this one is super easy to make and absolutely packed full of flavor. I love to make these for dinner the next day or for a fun take on Taco Tuesday, but they’re so easy to make, I’ve also simply made them for a snack when I was in the mood. They’re even great for potlucks and parties if you happen to have leftovers when you need to bring something to an event. However and whenever you decide to serve them, there’s really never a wrong time for these tasty tacos!

Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos

These tacos are so good, and they’re so easy to make. They’re also loaded with flavor. What makes these great is that pulled pork is actually better the next day, in my opinion. It seems even more tender and juicy when you reheat it and mix it with the BBQ sauce. Then, when you load it into your tortillas. Mmmm. Perfection. These warm tortillas are stuffed with BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw, cheese, and crispy fried onions to create a taco that is pretty much everything we love about a BBQ dinner all rolled up into one easy recipe.

Why You’ll Love These Pulled Pork Tacos

  • Using leftover pulled pork makes this recipe super easy.
  • You can have it on the table in just about a half hour.
  • It’s hearty and delicious, and it’s always a huge hit with everyone. Taco night just got better!
A long plate lined with pulled pork tacos.

Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos Variations

The great thing about these delicious tacos is that you can do so much with them. Like other tacos, you’re only limited by your tastebuds and your imagination. Some great ways to switch things up include:

  • Using different cheeses that you love.
  • Adding other toppings like cilantro, diced jalapenos, yellow slaw, or whatever you like.
  • Use any of your favorite BBQ sauce flavors to change up the overall flavor of the pulled pork.
  • And, you can make this pork recipe into burritos.

Topping Ideas for Pulled Pork Tacos

There are all kinds of great toppings you can add to these tacos. They’re basically pulled pork sandwiches in a tortilla, so anything you’d put on a sandwich will work. Some of the best pulled pork toppings include:

  • Dill pickles
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Pepperoncini
  • Coleslaw
  • Yellow slaw
  • Red onion slices
  • Onion rings
  • Crispy onion strings
  • Avocado slices
  • Bell peppers
A taco laying on top of another taco with a bite taken out of it.

Leftover Pulled Pork Tacos FAQ

If you have questions about these tacos, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

What goes with pulled pork tacos?

Because these tacos are just pulled pork sandwiches in a tortilla, you’d serve all the great sides you’d normally serve with pulled pork sandwiches. Think of things like:

  • Baked beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Mac and cheese
  • Pasta salad
  • Potato salad
  • French fries
  • Onion rings
  • Tater tots
  • And, here is a Cajun Buttered Corn on the Cob recipe you might enjoy as well.

Can you use any pork for pulled pork?

Not really. Pulled pork is more than just pork that you pull apart. It has to be melt-in-your-mouth tender. Otherwise, it’s just tough strings. Pork shoulder is the ideal cut for pulled pork. It has the best fat to lean meat ratio to produce a ton of tender, melty meat.

How do you pull pork?

Let your pork shoulder cool until you’re able to handle it. Don’t let it get too cool. Then, using two forks or two shredding claws, begin pulling the pork away from the bone and breaking it up. If you cooked it low and slow, you’ll find that it naturally pulls apart into tender, stringy goodness.

A taco filled with pulled pork, onion strings, and shredded cabbage.

How to Store and Freeze Leftover Pulled Pork

You can store your leftover pulled pork in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 6 months. Place the pulled pork in a heavy-duty freezer bag and press out as much air as possible.

Never store the completed tacos. The tortilla and other ingredients will get soggy from the BBQ pork. Instead, make as many tacos as your family and friends will eat in one sitting and then store the remaining pulled pork in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store the other ingredients in separate containers.

Four tacos in soft tortilla shells lined up on a plate.

Pulled Pork Tacos Ingredients

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make these delicious tacos. You’ll find everything you need easily at your local grocery store.

  • Leftover pork shoulder, shredded
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Chicken broth
  • Dole® creamy coleslaw
  • French’s® crispy fried onions
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Flour tortillas, 6 inch (soft taco size), can use corn tortillas
  • Optional: fresh cilantro, pico de gallo, sour cream

How to Make Pulled Pork Tacos

It only takes a few simple steps to make this recipe. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!

Step 1: Cook the Pork

Add pork, BBQ sauce, and both to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through.

Step 2: Heat the Tortillas

Heat the tortillas in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, flipping to heat each side. You can also use an open flame to heat them.

Step 3: Make the Tacos

Add the pulled pork to the heated tortillas. Then, add the shredded cheese, crispy onion strings, coleslaw and drizzle with additional BBQ sauce, if desired. Salt and pepper to tastes. Serve with rice, beans, or your favorite sides.

A double photo collage of pulled pork tacos on a plate with a bowl of pulled pork in the background, onion strings, and cheese all in separate bowls.

Try This Delicious Pork Tacos Recipe Today

These leftover pulled pork tacos are absolutely full of flavor, but they don’t take much work at all. They’re one of those recipes that are both delightfully simple and tasty, enabling you to get in and out of the kitchen fast while still making a dish that everyone in the family will love. Give this recipe a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again. 

A three photo collage of pulled pork tacos lined up on a white plate.

More Pulled Pork Recipes You’ll Love

Dutch Oven Pulled Pork – This is a super easy and convenient way to cook pulled pork in the oven when you aren’t able to smoke the pork. It has so much flavor and tenderness.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich – A hearty and delicious bbq sandwich that is loaded with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, crispy onion strings, and placed on soft and fluffy hamburger buns.

Pulled Pork Enchiladas – This a great way to use leftover pulled pork. It gives these enchiladas a bit of a barbecue twist, with lots and lots of flavor.

A pulled pork taco on a white plate topped with crispy onion strings and shredded cabbage.

Pulled Pork Tacos

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

These delicious, and hearty, pulled pork tacos are an easy leftover pulled pork recipe that is super flavorful and a great way to use up leftover barbecue pulled pork.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Course Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 8 Tacos

Calories 566 kcal


  • 4 cups leftover pork shoulder, shredded
  • cup barbecue sauce
  • cup chicken broth
  • 11.5 ounce bag Dole® creamy coleslaw
  • 2 cups French’s® crispy fried onions
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8-10 flour tortillas, 6 inch (soft taco size)


  • In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add pork, barbecue sauce and broth. Stir and cook until heated through.

  • Using a large frying pan over medium high heat, or over open flame (using tongs to flip), heat tortillas.

  • Add pulled pork to tortilla, followed by shredded cheese, crispy onion strings and coleslaw. Drizzle with additional BBQ sauce if desired.

  • Serve with rice and beans, and enjoy.


Nutritional Values are Approximate.


Calories: 566kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 25gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1483mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 554IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 327mgIron: 3mg

Keyword BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos, Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes, Pulled Pork Tacos

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Enjoy, Terri

Two tacos stacked on a white plate.
Two tacos on a plate with shredded cabbage and onions strings on top. A small white bowl of shredded cheese in the background.

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