Learn how to reheat nachos in the oven, toaster oven, microwave, broiler, and skillet. And learn why I avoid reheating nachos if at all possible.
For us nacho lovers, there’s nothing better than a batch of nachos still warm from frying dipped into cold salsa, right?
Well, except for maybe a big platter of fully loaded nachos with meat, beans, cheese and a whole host of fresh toppings including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, salsa, and sour cream.
But finishing that big plate of nachos is tough to do if you are going it alone!
And there’s nothing worse than soggy nachos. YUK!
Nachos are one of those dishes that is always best when it is fresh.
But, you don’t have to throw away the leftovers.
There are ways to reheat leftovers so they are edible but I avoid it if possible.
First, because I don’t like the reheated taste and secondly, I find it too time-consuming and not cost-effective.
However, if you want to learn the best ways to reheat your favorite nachos, keep reading!
First, let’s make sure we are on the same page!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NACHOS AND NACHO (TORTILLA) CHIPS?
Tortilla chips sometimes referred to as nacho chips, are considered snack food.
They are made by cutting corn tortillas into wedges and frying or baking.
Nachos, on the other hand, is a Tex-Mex dish that originated in northern Mexico.
The dish consists of heated tortilla chips topped with melted cheese.
In the U.S., nachos also come with a variety of other toppings such as meat, beans, jalapenos, onions, black olives, salsa, and sour cream.
So, when talking about reheating nachos, I am talking about reheating nachos, not plain tortilla chips.
HOW TO REHEAT NACHOS IN THE OVEN OR TOASTER OVEN
I am going to get right to the point.
If you are going to reheat nachos, this method will by far, give you the best results.
Mind you, the nachos won’t be as good as fresh but if done correctly, you won’t have a super soggy mess!
EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO REHEAT NACHOS IN THE OVEN OR TOASTER OVEN
- Your oven or toaster oven of course! 🙂
- a baking pan or cookie sheet
- oven mitt
- bowl for cold items
- spatula for transferring nachos
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR REHEATING NACHOS IN THE OVEN OR TOASTER OVEN
- Preheat your oven to 225° F.
- Make sure your oven rack is centered in the oven.
- Remove cold toppings from your nachos. Set aside.
- Spread out your nachos on a baking sheet
- Reheat around 5 minutes or so.
- Remove from oven with an oven mitt.
- Transfer nachos to plate.
- Allow nachos to cool for a minute.
- Add cool toppings back on and enjoy!
It should be noted that you can reheat your nachos at a temperature up to 300°F but if your nachos contain beans and chunks of meat, your nachos chips may start burning before your beans and meat are fully reheated.
You can also use a convection oven. However, as with all ovens, the way the cook differs and they may not be calibrated correctly.
My advice is to always keep an eye on your nachos, especially the first few times you reheat.
Then, you’ll have a better idea of how long and at what temperature suits your tastebuds!
But, the oven isn’t your only option. You can also reheat nachos in a skillet.
HOW TO REHEAT NACHOS IN A SKILLET
You can reheat nachos in a skillet but the results often won’t be as good as reheating in an oven or toaster oven.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO REHEAT NACHOS IN A SKILLET
- a large skillet of course with tight-fitting lid 🙂
- aluminum foil
- serving plate
- oil or cooking spray (like Pam)
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR REHEATING NACHOS IN A SKILLET
- Remove cold toppings from your nachos and set aside in your bowl.
- Spread a thin layer of oil into the bottom of your skillet (a tablespoon or so) or spray with a cooking spray like Pam.
- Spread nachos out evenly in your skillet.
- Cover with aluminum foil.
- Put the lid on the pan on top of aluminum foil.
- Turn heat up to medium or medium-high heat.
- Reheat around 5 minutes or until toppings are heated through.
- Transfer to a plate.
- Allow nachos to cool for a few minutes.
- Add cold toppings and enjoy.
HOW TO REHEAT NACHOS UNDER A BROILER
I would not advise this at all.
You’ll likely end up with burnt chips on the ends and a cold center.
If you insist on reheating under a broiler, follow these tips:
- remove cold toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream
- use broiler-safe plate
- watch continuously
- heat under a broiler for 1 to 3 minutes only
HOW TO REHEAT NACHOS IN A MICROWAVE
Just. Don’t. Do. This.
Your nachos will likely be nasty and soggy.
I am not even going to try and tell you how to reheat in the microwave because they are nasty. Just plain nasty.
I prefer to avoid leftover nachos if at all possible.
Here’s what I do instead.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON REHEATING NACHOS
My purpose here at Cost-Effective Kitchen is to help you get the most bang for your buck in the kitchen.
Not wasting food is a big part of my philosophy but so is serving food you and your family love.
In my humble opinion, nachos are one of those foods that should never be reheated.
So, to avoid throwing out nachos here’s what we do to minimize our costs and satisfy our taste buds.
When eating out:
- If ordering nachos as an appetizer, be sure to eat all of them first. Take home portions of your meal that could be easily reheated.
- If leftover nachos are unavoidable, ask for a to-go box. Then scrape the cold items into one side and the reheatable toppings into another. Leave the chips. At home, use the leftover toppings with fresh chips from home to make a “fresh” serving of nachos.
When eating nachos at home, we have the “take all you want, but eat all you take.”
If your kids are bad about not finishing their plates, then insist they take multiple small portions so none goes to waste.
Personally, I would rather see my kids go back 3 or 4 times for smaller portions and eat it all than waste food.
If you do end up with leftovers, you could try to reheat using one of the methods above.
But I would scrape off the toppings and store separately from the tortilla chips.
It may help keep the chips from being as soggy.
Got any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you!