How to Reheat Nachos – Four Methods

Who doesn’t love the crunchiness of Nachos especially when you have those sleepovers, football watching and friendly hangouts?

To be honest, the thought of it already gives me a mouth-watering feeling.

The good news is, this is a very simple dish to prepare and a snack that is always on the go.


What exactly are Nachos

This mouth-watering dish is amongst the global top recipe that is composed of tortilla chips covered with cheese and other toppings.

It takes little effort to prepare it and this may be the reason why it is spread all over the world today. Nachos can be served as a snack or main dish if it’s more elaborate.

Nachos has its humble beginning in Mexico where it was and is still being served with salsa deep.

However, Nacho is no longer a Mexican-only delicacy, it has penetrated the cities of the world today becoming one of the most loved dishes by people who are on their party events.


Albeit, it has been altered to have different suitable flavors and tastes that suit people of different ages and communities.

You see, the basic rule that is well-known the world over is that you should reheat the food wherever you prepared it.

This may be very effective in places where you have a fully equipped kitchen and in reference to some foods.

Nevertheless, in the event that you aren’t able to access the same appliances you used in preparation you may have to choose from the available options.

The nature of nachos makes it tricky to reheat and you may need a little more skill than normal in order to have a perfect end product.

This is because the chips are usually crispy in nature while the toppings used are delicate thereby making the process delicate too.

Here are 4 methods that you can use to reheat Nachos namely;

  • Using the oven to reheat the nachos
  • Using a skillet and aluminium foil
  • Using a broiling Oven
  • Using a microwave

Things you may need for the process

The process of reheating Nachos can be tricky especially if you need to maintain the crispy texture as well as the flavour.

Nevertheless, below are the essential things you may need for the process

  • The skillet
  • The oven
  • The microwave
  • Leftover Nachos
  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking sheet

Major points of consideration

  • For the uncooked Nachos, it’s important that you store them safely in an air-tight bag because the air that gets in is the one that makes the nachos soft.
  • Nachos are dry which makes them very easy to burn, therefore, as you reheat it, be very watchful so that you don’t burn them.
  • The toppings like cheese are delicate and may quickly get spoilt if not quickly stored in the refrigerator. Never store used Nachos for more than 2 days as they may develop bacterial growth. Before you start the reheating process, confirm that it’s still fresh.
  • Using cheese to give your Nachos a makeover is an advisable method to help them regain their original look. This can be done by melting cheese on a stove then adding it on the leftover Nachos before you reheat it again.

Methods of reheating Nachos

Using an oven to reheat Nachos

Depending on whether you wish to add extra cheese to the Nachos, you will need to prepare the cheese aside by putting the cheese in a pan and melting it on the stove then spread it on top of the leftover and then following the steps below.


Step 1

Preheat the oven to about 275 degrees and since this is a delicate reheating process, use an oven thermometer to confirm the temperature.

Step 2

Place the Nachos on the baking tray while spreading them all through the baking tray if they can or just putting the mixture on the paper lined baking tray.

Step 3

You will need to reheat for at least 5 minutes or until it gets crispy. You have to continue watching the Nachos while it’s reheating to avoid its burning. Remember, it’s this process that will help reduce or completely remove the moisture thus giving it a crispy look.

Step 4

The Nachos are known to burn very quickly so be on the watch so as to maintain the desired look.

Step 5

Use your potholder to remove the Nachos from the oven and let it cool a bit before serving.

Using a skillet to reheat Nachos 

Generally, the reheating process requires you to be keen. However, for the second-best result use the skillet and aluminium foil.



Wipe your skillet clean and Place the leftover Nachos in the skillet.

Step 2

You will need a lid and the aluminium foil will be your best bet on this.

Step 3

The lid is an effective conductor of heat transferring the heat into the Nachos while the skillet ensures the Nachos maintains the texture and doesn’t lose the crispiness.
Cook for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat until the cheese is nicely melted.

Step 4

Remove it from the heat and let it cool a little bit, you can add some olives on top then serve.

Using a broiler to reheat nacho 

Reheating fried food or dry-fried food is not easy in a microwave because it tends to lose its original texture and look. This is why a broiler’s direct and super concentrated heat in an oven would be the other good option.

This tends to cook the outside of the food even quickly browning it and no wonder, those who are familiar with the broil will always use it for finishing on the initial Nachos recipe, lasagne or pizza.

In the reheating process therefore, you can put the Nachos in the oven-safe pan and broil for about 1-3 minutes. Watch carefully for burning and for better results keep it as close to the heat source as you can.

Using a microwave to reheat nacho

The problem with using the microwave to reheat the Nachos is that you may not achieve the desired results but in the event that you don’t have other options and you are in a hurry then you are welcome to use a microwave.


Step 1

Take your microwave-safe plate and line it with a paper towel.


Place the leftover Nachos on the plate and put in the microwave

Step 3

For 15 seconds, heat it on very high power and check to see that it becomes crispy again if not heat again till you get something Nachos close to your desired results.

What do you do with the left-over Nachos

Nachos leftover like many other foodstuffs is mostly discarded if one doesn’t know exactly what to do with it. With our current economic times, I bet it’s better to reduce waste in all aspects of our lives including food. Here is a sample recipe to try with leftover Nachos.

Chilaquiles (traditional Mexican eggs with tortilla chips) with nachos leftover for breakfast

 Sauté your orange bell pepper in olive oil.

Crumble the leftover Nachos and add to the pan that has orange bell pepper.

Add 4 beaten eggs and a few tablespoons of salsa and your breakfast dish is ready.

You can also make chorizo chilaquiles among others options readily available on the internet.

Are Nachos a good diet?

Although nacho is loved by people around the globe sometimes I can’t stop and here people questioning themselves for eating it anyway.

Most western countries eat nachos for lunch, dinner and as a snack to any party event. In this era of obesity and obesity-related diseases, most people are moving towards health-conscious meals.

The original American nachos include fried tortilla chips with orange cheese toppings. This means that the food is way below healthy but, that doesn’t mean that you cannot make a healthy version of nachos. Below are the options you may consider.


Without tortilla, you have no Nachos yet the real tortilla is fried. A good alternative to fried tortilla is to bake the tortilla instead.


If you love meat on your Nachos it’s advisable to choose chicken, turkey or brown lean meat while seasoning it with chili and cumin seeds. Beans are the best option because they provide you with healthy protein and fiber.


This is another main ingredient for nacho so it’s best to choose the cheese that will provide the flavor you need in small portions.


For more flavor, you can use green onion, tomatoes, avocados, slices of lettuce among other authentic vegetables to give the nutritious value as well as the healthy side of the meal.

To sum the subtopic, as you can see you can create a healthy Nachos.

Final thought

I think it will be appropriate if you finish the Nachos serving the first time you prepare it. Although, if you happen to have left over the appropriate method to use in reheating the nachos is using the oven.

This is because it has been proven to be the best method of reheating nachos since it gives it almost the same texture it had and it doesn’t lose its flavor.

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