How to Reheat Nachos

Nachos are the ultimate party food. But can you keep them from going to waste? Find out how to reheat nachos the right way, without them turning soggy or bland.

how to reheat nachos

Got a favorite best nacho recipe? You don’t have to throw away those delicious leftovers just because they’ve gone cold. Here are some tips for reheating nacho and other tortilla chip dishes the right way so that they taste just as fresh as when they were first served.

Oven

The oven is one of the more obvious choices to get your nachos as hot as they should be.  But is it the best way to go about it? This method ranks superior to other methods. Here’s what you will need to heat your nachos in the oven effectively:

  • An oven   
  • Oven gloves     
  • A baking pan or tray     
  • A plate that is oven proof
  • A turner 
  • Cooking spray   
  • Aluminum foil

Here’s how to go about it:

The first thing you will need to do is preheat the oven and make sure it reaches 225˚F. Then use an oven-proof plate or dish to put the nachos in when you remove them from the fridge. Make sure that you’ve removed any cold toppings and dressings. Spray the baking tray with a cooking spray of your choice. This will help you avoid losing any nachos by them sticking to the tray. 

Then put the nachos in the oven, on the tray for about 15minutes. The length of time will depend mostly on just how crispy you want your nachos to be. That being said, the time can range from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. If you’re using a toaster oven, you will need to cover the nachos in aluminum foil. 

How to serve them

Remove the nachos from the oven (this is where the oven mitts come in handy). Then let them rest for about 10 minutes on the cold plate. 

Pros 

  • It’s fast
  • It’s effective
  • It makes tasty nachos

Cons

  • If you’re using a toaster oven, then you may find that its small 

Airfryer

Using the air fryer is an easy and healthy option, so it is one of the popular methods. To reheat nachos in an air fryer, you will need:

  • An air fryer
  • Cooking spray
  • Cheese (optional)

Here’s how to do it.

First, preheat the air fryer, making sure it is set to 370˚F, with the timer on 6 or 7 minutes. Then spray the pan with cooking spray to ensure the nachos don’t stick to the fryer. To prepare the nachos, make sure that you remove all the cold toppings such as salsa or guacamole. You want to make sure it’s just the nachos going into the fryer. 

Then layer the nachos. At this point, you may add cheese. Heat the nachos and then remove them when they have reached your correct level of crispiness. Lay them on a plate and leave them to cool

Pros

  • It’s easy 
  • It is fast, meaning you will spend little time heating them.

Cons

  • There is no ventilation to let out any emissions from the dripping food. 

Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron is well known for its ability to distribute heat evenly. Heating nachos in a skillet helps you get the same heat distribution. You can also heat your nachos in a skillet. To do this, you will need:

  • A skillet
  • Aluminum foil

Here’s how to do it

Make sure the skillet is hot and ready for the reheating process. The nachos need to be prepared by removing cold toppings. Then, place the nachos in the skillet, making sure they are evenly spread across the skillet. Try to avoid piling them on top of each other. The point is to get even heat distribution. 

Cover the skillet with aluminum foil. This will help keep the heat in. then cover the skillet with its lid. Then set the burner on medium, and reheat the nachos for about 5minutes. You want to make sure that the cheese is adequately melted. 

How to serve them

Remove the nachos from the skillet and then leave them to rest on a cool plate. Add the cold toppings back on, such as salsa or guacamole. 

Pros

  • It heats the chips evenly
  • Cast iron is a great heat conductor. 

Cons

  • There’s a high possibility of burning the chips as you reheat them. 

Broiler

Broiling is a method that uses direct heat. It is fast, and it is also easy. As such, when you quickly need to reheat nachos, it comes in handy. It’s often used to heat thin food. Nachos are a delicate food. That’s why it’s an excellent method. 

What you will need

  •  A broiler
  •  An oven-proof pan
  •  Aluminum foil

Here’s how to do it

Remove cold toppings from the nachos, then line the baking tray or oven-proof plate with aluminum foil. Then spread the nachos evenly on the plate, and avoid overcrowding.  The next step is to preheat the broiler to 400˚F. Then put the plate on the broiler. And heat the nachos at 500˚F.

Reheat the nachos for up to 3 minutes. As they heat up, make sure to continue checking on them so that they don’t burn. To serve them, simply remove them from the broiler and plate as desired. Make sure to let them rest for at least 5 minutes before digging in. 

Pros

You can reheat the nachos with toppings as long as they are not cold.

It’s fast 

Cons

It doesn’t heat the nachos through and through. You may find that the heat doesn’t reach the center.

Microwave

The microwave is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to reheat just about anything. As such, it is an obvious choice for reheating nachos. The issue with reheating nachos in the microwave is the same that you would face trying to reheat any fried food. There’s the risk of the food getting soggy. But there are ways around this. 

Here’s what you will need to reheat nachos in the microwave. 

  • A microwave
  • A microwave-safe plate or dish
  • Paper towels

Here’s how to do it

Line the microwave tray or pan with paper towels. This will help suck up any moisture, and this, in turn, will help you get the crispiness. Lay the nachos out evenly and make sure they aren’t stacked one on top of the other. Then put the nachos in the microwave for a minute.

Setting it to  1 minute gives you the time to check whether they are okay and your crispiness level. And this means that you can constantly adjust and add more time if need be. The point is to have crispy nachos with melted cheese. When they are ready, you may serve and enjoy them.

Pros

  • It’s easy
  • It’s versatile and allows you to tweak recipes

Cons

  •  There’s a risk of them going soggy if you’re not careful.