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How to Reheat Nachos so They Stay Crispy and Delicious

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If you’re looking for a way to impress your dinner guests with some excellent leftovers (or have a bunch of snacks after a game day), then you need to know how to reheat nachos. Because let’s face it, serving a plate full of soggy nachos is not the best way to start off the night. Fortunately, reheating nachos that taste like they just came out of the oven is relatively simple. And whether you’re wondering how to reheat nachos in a pan or how to reheat nachos with toppings, we’ve got you covered. By following one of the methods we describe below, you’ll be able to enjoy a tasty plate of nachos in no time.

How to Reheat Nachos in the Oven

You can’t go wrong with a mile-high plate of nachos. Chips, cheese, sour cream, beef, salsa, the list goes on and on — nachos make a great meal or snack any time of the day. But if you have leftovers, do you know how to reheat nachos with toppings? While there are several ways to reheat leftover nachos, the oven seems to take the prize when it comes to the best way to reheat nachos. Our only tip? Make sure to scoop off any cold toppings (i.e., sour cream, salsa, lettuce, etc.) that you don’t want to heat up before you pop the plate in the oven. To keep your food crisp and the cheese just right, follow these steps to heating up nachos in the oven.

1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Take the nachos out of the refrigerator. Make sure they are on an oven-safe plate or dish.

3. Cover the nachos in aluminum foil. 

4. Reheat the nachos for 15 minutes with the fan on low in the convection oven. Depending on how crispy you like your nachos, the total time can range from 5 to 20 minutes. 

5. Take the nachos out and let them sit on the counter for a few minutes to cool down. Enjoy!

If you want to speed up the process, you can increase the temperature (up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit) and reheat your leftover nachos for 5 to 10 minutes.

How to Reheat Nachos in a Skillet

On those nights when getting home from work happens well after the sun goes down, you need some quick and effective options for dinner. If you have leftover nachos sitting in the refrigerator, then you need to know how to reheat nachos in a pan. While the skillet method is not the best way to reheat nachos, it does take a close second to the oven or toaster oven method when it comes to reheating leftover nachos. So, if waiting around for the oven to preheat is not an option, give these steps a try to reheat nachos in a skillet.

1. Get a skillet big enough to spread out the leftover nachos.

2. Spread the nachos evenly in the skillet.

3. Tear a piece of aluminum foil big enough to cover the top of the skillet. Cover the nachos with the foil.

4. Put the lid of the skillet on top of the foil.

5. Reheat the leftover nachos for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. This works best on medium-high heat. If you want to make sure they don’t burn, stick to a medium heat and check the nachos a few times during the 5 minutes. 

6. Remove the nachos from the skillet and let them cool off before serving. 

If you have cold toppings on your nachos, you might want to scoop them off before you reheat in the skillet. But if you want to reheat nachos with toppings, feel free to leave them on and then add some sour cream or salsa before you serve your meal.

The skillet is also the “go-to” method if you want to turn your leftover nachos into chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican dish. Katsuji Tanabe, a Top Chef alum and executive chef of Chicago restaurant Barrio, says this is the best bet when reheating nachos in a skillet. “You can easily do this by adding some oil into the skillet and then on a medium/high heat add the nachos and two scrambled eggs,” he says. Cook this dish until the eggs are scrambled and fully cooked.

How to Reheat Nachos in a Broiler

If you happen to have a broiler handy in your kitchen, this is another method some people use to reheat nachos with toppings. With that said, it’s definitely not the experts’ favorite method. “I don’t recommend this method, as the broiler will only burn the top of the nachos, and the center will be ice cold,” Tanabe explains. But if reheating nachos in a broiler is something you want to try, here are the steps you need to follow.

1. Use an oven-safe pan or plate big enough for your leftover nachos. 

2. Spread the nachos evenly on the plate.

3. Put the plate or pan into the broiler.

4. Heat the nachos for 1 to 3 minutes. Make sure to check them during this time. If the chips start to burn, take the nachos out of the broiler. 

5. Remove from the broiler, let them cool, and serve. 

If you have cold toppings on your nachos, you might want to scoop them off before you reheat in the skillet. But if you want to reheat nachos with toppings, feel free to leave them on and then add some extras before you serve them. 

How to Reheat Nachos in the Toaster Oven

The toaster oven also works great for reheating nachos, especially if you only want to heat a small plate of leftover nachos. Since the toaster oven heats the same way a regular oven does, you can use this method to reheat nachos with toppings. Just make sure to scoop off any cold toppings (i.e., sour cream, salsa, lettuce, etc.) that you don’t want to heat up before you pop them in the toaster oven. 

Tanabe says when using the toaster oven, you can follow the same steps as the oven method. One thing to consider with the toaster oven is the size of your plate. The oven can handle a larger batch of nachos, whereas the toaster oven can only hold a small plate. Here are the steps to follow when you want to reheat nachos in the toaster oven.

1. Preheat your toaster oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Take the nachos out of the refrigerator. Spread the leftover nachos on an oven-safe plate or dish that is small enough to fit in the toaster oven.

3. Cover the nachos in aluminum foil.

4. Reheat the nachos for about 15 minutes.

5. Take the nachos out and let them sit on the counter for a few minutes to cool down. Enjoy!

Reheating Nachos in the Microwave

When those late-night munchies strike, you might be tempted to grab those leftover nachos and pop them in the microwave. But unless you have a magic trick up your sleeve, reheating nachos in the microwave usually creates a big soggy mess, especially if you’re trying to reheat nachos with sour cream.

But if you just can’t fathom the thought of not using your microwave, Tanabe suggests adding more cheese to the nachos to turn them into a casserole served in a bowl. As far as the length of time to leave them in the microwave, Tanabe says he doesn’t have a specific number. “I just watch them in the microwave and when the cheese is melted, they will be ready to go,” he explains. 

Now that you have four simple ways to reheat leftover nachos, there’s just one thing to go over before you toss that crispy plate of deliciousness in the oven: “Can you reheat nachos with sour cream?” The short answer is yes. However, you need to know that when you reheat nachos with sour cream on top, you will end up with a sloppy mess!

This post was written by Sara Lindberg.

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