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How To Reheat Nachos And Keep Them Crispy And Cheesy

In summary: There are three ways to reheat crispy nachos: an oven, a skillet, or an air fryer. Each method involves spreading the nachos in a single layer and heating them for a few minutes until they are warm and crunchy.

Nachos have become an inevitable snack at most parties. Why not, they are simply great. And you can serve them with several different sauces and get several completely different treats, from creamy ones, to spicy or with cheese.

I can’t imagine watching a movie at the cinema without crispy tortilla chips.

They are best if you make them yourself. You know all the ingredients are selected, and you don’t have any extra additives in your favorite snacks.

But with that, usually comes a more significant amount that you can’t eat in one evening. So it’s good to know how to reheat nachos.

Reheating Nachos In An Oven

A little advice to start, it is always better to store the leftover nachos separately from the sauce. This will make it easier to heat them later, and besides, the sauce will not wholly soften them.

Everyone has their favorite way of eating, but I like to dip nacho chips in the sauce, so I always serve them separately. Thus, later storage is more comfortable.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 225 °F

The temperature should be milder as the nachos could quickly burn. So set the oven to 225 degrees F and let it heat up.

Step 2: Lay your Nachos on a Baking Sheet

Place the nachos on the baking sheet and arrange them nicely so that they are spread out. Don’t pile them on one collection. If you have soggy nachos with sauce, spread the leftovers around on the baking tray to give them more chance of drying. Melted cheese can harden a bit on the scraps, so add more of the fresh one before heating and let it melt all together.

Step 3: Bake for about 15 Minutes while Checking often

Cover the nachos with aluminum foil to distribute the heat better. Put nachos in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them to be.

However, we strongly suggest that you check what the nachos are like every 5 minutes and whether they are heated enough. It could be done even earlier, depending on what the oven is like. When your reheated nachos are done, add sour cream or your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Warming Up Nachos In A Skillet

Another way you can reheat leftover nachos is on the stove. You can leave the cheese sauce on them, but if you have any of the dressings you want to keep cold, you better scrape them off the nachos before heating.

Step 1: Place your Nachos in a Skillet

Take a large pan enough that you can nicely arrange the nachos with toppings in it. When you have put the nachos in, cover the skillet with aluminum foil well.

Step 2: Heat for about 5 Minutes

Put the skillet on medium heat, do not overdo it with the temperature. Heat the nachos for about 5 minutes until finely crispy and until the cheese, if you have left it, melts.

Heating Nachos In An Air Fryer

The air fryer is perfect for heating up crispy nachos. Even if they have become a little soggy due to storing or leftover sauce, the hot air from the fryer will dry them out and make them flaky again.

The procedure is more than simple and extremely fast. So if you have this kitchen appliance, don’t hesitate at all. Be sure to opt for this method before all others.

Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer to 350 °F

The temperature should not be maximum, but it should definitely be high enough to dry out the nacho chips nicely and make them crispy. So set the appliance to 350 degrees and let it heat up.

Step 2: Arrange Leftover Nachos in a Basket

If you have dry nachos without leftover sauce, arrange them in the air fryer basket so that they are not too compressed but with a bit of space between them. That way, you will heat nachos evenly and they will crisp up better. 

If you have a leftover sauce that you want to keep cold, then scrape it off and reheat the nachos as suggested. 

You can definitely heat the nachos together with the sauce. Arrange them in a basket. Just be careful not to pile up too much.

Step 3: Air Fry for 3 to 5 Minutes

Place the nachos in the air fryer and turn it on for 3 to 5 minutes. Those without dressing will take less time, about 3 minutes, while those covered in the sauce will probably take 5 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.



You can reheat the nachos while they have cheese or salsa sauce on them, but if you have cold toppings that you want to keep nippy, like sour cream, remove it from the nachos before heating.

It will be best to preheat them in the air fryer, if you have one in the kitchen. If you don’t, you can always opt for toaster oven method or the skillet method if you want to do it faster. During reheating, always check the situation periodically so that the nachos do not burn.

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