Cowboy Nachos

Cowboy Nachos

I don’t know about you guys but we had some leftovers from our latest BBQ hanging out in fridge. They were way too good to toss out, but they needed a new look. This is how Cowboy Nachos were born.


It is no secret that I like to concoct crazy things in the kitchen every now and then. You should just feel sorry for my poor husband.  He just smiles and eats whatever put in front of him. I must say the first few years of marriage were probably pretty tough on the ol’ boy. Now with 20 years of cooking experience under my belt the culinary faux-pas have been kept to a minimum, with an occasional “Oh no I forgot the rolls…. oh, I charred the rolls” in occurrence.Cowboy Nachos BBQ JENRON DESIGNSThis was our full menu from the Fourth of July BBQ, and my tablescape post . So my latest kitchen creation consist of some of our Fourth of July leftovers. I basically created nachos, by adding chips and cheese. I utilized the bourbon baked beans with bacon chunks, in place of the traditional refried beans. This was done by mashed them up with a potato masher to create a bean paste similar to that of refried beans. Next I shredded the brisket up like fajita meat, with the help of meat claws.Cowboy Meat Claws JENRON DESIGNSThen I sliced the corn on the cob off to make a corn salsa mixed with lime juice and cilantro, if you have a tomato you could most certainly stir it in as well. I topped it with a little sour cream and BBQ sauce.

My husband loved this one so much I had to post it to share with everyone. The best past this is not limited to just 4th of July leftovers you can use this trick all summer long after any backyard BBQ. Whether it is chicken, pork or beef all of them would be great.  Don’t forget to pin this one for later!

Cowboy Nachos

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Southern, Tex Mex
Keyword Leftovers, Taco
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Jennifer


  • Instant Pot 3 Qt. Mini ( can be doubled for a larger 6 Qt. Pot)
  • Meat Claws


  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 medium Vidalia Onion minced
  • 2 tbsp Foxx Brothers Spice Rub
  • 32 oz Foxx Brothers BBQ Sauce
  • 1 bag Tortilla Chips
  • 32 oz Bushes BBQ Baked Beans
  • 14 oz Corn Drained & Rinsed
  • 1 large Tomato Diced
  • 4 cups Nacho Taco Shredded Cheese
  • 1 pint Sour Cream
  • 1 Jalapeno Sliced to garnish


  • First set your Instant Pot to Sauté. Add olive oil and minced onions to the pot and sweat until translucent.
  • Next coat chicken breast with a really good BBQ spice rub, and place in Instant Pot on top of onions. Top it all with 1 cup of your favorite sauce. 
  • Secure the lid and seal the steam release valve. Cook at High Pressure Manual Cook High for 18 minutes and allow to naturally vent when done
  • Allow Instant Pot to naturally vent and decompress before opening. Remove chicken and shred meat. I like to use a set of meat claws but two forks will work just fine too.
  • Coat all meat with remaining barbecue sauce. *You may need to open the additional bottle at this point.  
  • Assemble Cowboy Nachos- layer BBQ Baked Bean, which are slightly mashed with a potato masher, to make a paste on top chips. Next layer on your BBQ Chicken. Then add corn, onions, and jalapeno peppers.
  • Top with a Mexican Cheese and toast under the broiler or in your Ninja Air Fryer for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and gooey.
  • Once your Cowboy Nachos are toasted top with sour cream, and garnish with optional scallions and fresh tomatoes. Drizzle with a little extra barbecue sauce and serve.

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Easy Cowboy Nachos JENRON DESIGNS

For a really cute way to serve these up try single serve cast iron skillets they are really cute and make a sweet little statement piece. Plus they are really function later on for cobblers, pizookies, and pizzas.



  1. Beth

    Well don’t these look yummy! I love that you used the baked beans in place of refried beans that is a unexpected twist. Great recipe!

  2. Stacia Tison

    These look so good. I love that it is a leftover recipe, I can never find enough of those that are good! Pinning for later.

  3. Torri Sykes

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Such yummy idea, and I love the baked beans instead of refried.

  4. Little Farmgirl

    My husband will love these. Great left over idea and the whole family will eat again 🙂

  5. Addison Wheeler

    This is a great use of leftovers that my guys are sure to love. Pinning for later too!

  6. Aubrey Andrews

    Another great post, love that you address leftovers, I hate trying to rework food into something new, but I think my family would like this one. I never though about Nachos.

  7. Sharvina

    Oh my goodness! Such an amazing article. Thank you!

  8. Tina

    I intended to compose you this little remark to give thanks for your tireless efforts to entertain us here in the blog world. This is a fun and unique dining option.

  9. Angie Pickler

    This actually answered my decision of what’s of dinner, thank you!

  10. Our Little Fox Hole

    This is a great point to convey up how to use your left overs. Common inspiration, cleverly served up in a nice little package. Thanks for the ideas for dinner.

  11. A Few Things

    It’s best to take part in a cooking contest with this idea. You have one of the finest blogs on the web. I’ll recommend this web site!

  12. sunshine and daisies

    Yum these sound great and it uses up the leftovers in a great way everyone will love.

  13. Katie Moore

    I just wanted to say these look really good, and I am alway looking for a fun way to use up leftovers, which is a age old problem. Thank you for all the details.

  14. Racheal

    I can’t understand why you’re not more widespread since you undoubtedly have the gift of unique recipes.

  15. yellow posties

    Ray my son would finish his dinner with this recipe. I am writing this as a tried and true comment. – it’s all wonderful. Our son is so picky and it makes us feel like crap when he does eat. Now he is actually eating, which is cool, and mandatory. I think the baked beans with the meat and cheese did the trick. Thanks for all the assistance!

  16. ugagirl2018

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  17. Katie Moore

    I am so impressed, I must say. Actually rarely comment on a weblog, but I thought yours is excellent; and you should know. I am bookmarking for later reading.

  18. Pink Warrior Walker

    Yum great use of leftovers and who would have thought to use the baked beans in this way, girl you have an amazing mind. Thanks a lot for everything.

  19. gigi58

    These look good and with a name like that I am sure the kids would love them! Thanks for the idea.

  20. Deb

    I had no idea that you did recipes too, wow your site really has something for everyone.

  21. Wind Runner

    The article has really peaks my interestI would have never thought to put baked beans on nachos. I typically help run a blog and I must say I really respect your unique content. I’m going to bookmark your site and hold checking for new information.

  22. 42 herber

    A great idea is always worth comment. I feel that the name says it all here, the kiddos loved it. Cheers

  23. kelli booth

    Ok these just look so good! Sheet pan nachos are my favorite but I love the idea of brisket and baked beans. Thanks again for a lot of things.

  24. Kathyn

    Mighty useful. Make no mistake, I really appreciate it. Pinned for later too.

  25. Jewel Carter

    Thank you so much for providing such extraordinar ideas for boring leftovers. To read articles and blog posts from this site is always very pleasing and jam-packed with amusement for me. I am also always happy for the impressive solutions served by you.

  26. Ashley Meurs

    Aw, this was a really nice post. So I would like to put in writing thank you for taking time and actual effort to make a very good article?

  27. the cheap jordan’s

    I think this sounds very tasty and unusual. We really like adventurous food and you had me with that cheeky name. Just need a pretty day to grill the meat, then we might actually have the left overs, so maybe father’s day lol. Got to love the weather here.

  28. NVMD

    This was a great leftover post I loved up for the New Day Leftover we had with brisket and pulled pork.

  29. Tina

    The attention-grabbing dialogue is valued in the recipe. I feel that you should write more on this type of subject, on to the next, Cheers

  30. April Helmsworth

    These look really good, I have been looking for something to with New Years Day left overs and this would be perfect.

  31. Home at Mimi’s

    I am only commenting to let you be aware of what a great idea you have hear for left overs. The baked beans all mashed up to make a spread like refined is pretty smart.

  32. Urban Farmgirl

    My hubby would love these. They sound delicious. Love that it was all inspired by leftovers.

  33. Georgia Gal

    I needed this idea last week, go figure. I am always a day late and dollar short.

  34. golden goose

    I want to express my gratitude for your fantastic leftover recipe. it was just what I was looking for today.

  35. Ollie

    Thanks so much for the fantastic idea of dressing up the leftovers. I think this looks tasty and would be a prefect movie day treat to eat and see a flick.

  36. Terry Haide

    Leftovers are the bane of my existence but I really like what you did right here. I will have to try this out.

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