Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole Recipe

Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole - a delicious twist on a classic Tex-Mex dish! This isn't fancy. It is just REALLY good!!! Pulled pork, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, Cheez Whiz, Rotel tomatoes, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for a potluck and tailgating! I never have any leftovers!
pulled pork king ranch casserole on a plate

Easy Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole

This Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole is a delicious twist on the traditional King Ranch Chicken Casserole. I love King Ranch Chicken. I decided to put a BBQ twist on the classic with pulled pork in place of the chicken. OMG! YUM!

Some of you might be thinking "What is King Ranch Chicken?". King Ranch Chicken is a popular Tex-Mex casserole. The name comes from King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the United States. Recipes vary, but generally, it has a sauce made of Rotel, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, bell peppers, and onion that is layered with tortilla chips, chicken, and cheese.

smoked pulled pork from costo

What Pulled Pork to Use in Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole

I used a package of Smoked Pulled Pork from Costco. It is my favorite store-bought pulled pork. I used it in all of my recipes that call for pulled pork. It is found in the refrigerated section near the premade soups and other pre-cooked meats. The pork is smoky and delicious. It is also very affordable. Only about $10 for 2 pounds. I always have a package in the freezer.

If you can't find this pulled pork, just use any pre-cooked pulled pork. You can get some from your favorite BBQ joint, the deli section of the grocery store, or a package of pre-cooked bbq pork. Don't worry if your pork has BBQ sauce on it. It will work just fine in this casserole.

pulled pork king ranch casserole in baking dish

How to Make Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole

I based this recipe for Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole on my favorite King Ranch Chicken Casserole. I start by making the sauce on the stove. Combine cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, onion, Rotel, Cheez Whiz, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Feel free to use all cream of chicken soup or all cream of mushroom soup if you aren't a fan of one.

To assemble the casserole, crush a bag of tortilla chips or Doritos. Put half in the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan. Top with half of the pulled pork and half of the cheese sauce. Repeat the layers and top with more cheese. I used a combination of cheddar and mozzarella. YUM!

I know this isn't a very elegant dish, but it will be one of the best things you will eat!

Can I Freeze Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole?

Absolutely! You can assemble this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight or even freeze for later. I like to divide the casserole between two 9x9-inch foil pans and bake one now and freeze one for later. To bake the frozen casserole, thaw completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed below. You will probably need to bake this on the higher end of the cooking time since it will be cold.

scooping out pulled pork king ranch casserole from baking dish

What to Serve with Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole

This Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole is great for a crowd. It is perfect for potlucks and tailgating this fall. It is easy to transport too! This is a very filling casserole. You don't need very much with it. We like to serve it with some spicy black beans or a salad. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes on the blog that goes great with Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole:






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collage of pulled pork king ranch casserole
pulled pork king ranch casserole in baking dish
scooping pulled pork king ranch casserole from baking dish
scooping pulled pork king ranch casserole from baking dish
plate of pulled pork king ranch casserole




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Entree
American, Tex-Mex
Yield: serves 6 to 8

Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole Recipe

prep time: 15 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 50 mins
Pulled Pork King Ranch Casserole - a delicious twist on a classic Tex-Mex dish! This isn't fancy. It is just REALLY good!!! Pulled pork, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, Cheez Whiz, Rotel tomatoes, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for a potluck and tailgating! I never have any leftovers! #casserole #kingranch #texmex #freezermeal #pulledpork

ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds pulled pork, chopped
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup Cheez Whiz
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion flakes
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (9 to 13-oz) bag tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups (8-oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4-oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the soups, Rotel tomatoes, Cheez Whiz, onion, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce until blended. Remove from heat.
  3. Line bottom of the prepared baking dish with half of the crushed tortilla chips. Top chips with half of the pulled pork. Top pork with half of the sauce. Top sauce with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat layers topping the casserole with remaining cheddar cheese and mozzarella.
  4. Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes.

NOTES:

Can use Doritos in place of tortilla chips. 
Can make casserole to set 3 and freeze unbaked for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.



MORE CASSEROLE RECIPES:
Southwestern Chicken & Yellow Rice Casserole
Overnight Chicken Tetrazzini
Crack Chicken Casserole
Chili & Cornbread Casserole
Beefy King Ranch Bubble Up

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
9x13-inch Baking Pan
Stainless Mixing Bowls


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6 comments

  1. Can you substitute chezze wiz with a different kind of cheese

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    1. Don, you can make this casserole anyway you wish with any ingredients you wish.

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  2. The pull pork @ my local super market has BBQ sauce already in it. Can I use it to make this recipe?

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    1. Sure! It will be just fine with the sauce already in it.

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  3. How much cheddar cheese is needed? I don't see it in the ingredient list, only in the directions.

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