Last Updated: September 9, 2022

How To Reheat Nachos: Using Oven, Skillet, Broiler, Microwave & Air-Fryer

How To Reheat Nachos

Who doesn’t love nachos? Most of us are guilty of ordering a giant serving and being too full halfway through. As tempting as the idea of having those nachos the next day sounds, you need to know how to reheat nachos correctly.

But there is no need to worry. Whether you’re having a leftover feast or whether you just have a midnight craving, we got it covered. Keep reading to find out how to reheat nachos and the many ways you can go about it.

Why Do Nachos Get Soggy When Reheated?

With foods like nachos, the biggest problem one could face is getting soggy when reheated. Though you can eat soggy nachos, they will be unable to scoop up melted, delicious cheese and other toppings – what a waste!

Actually, nachos get soggy when reheated because of moisture and air. Let me explain to you.

Corn tortillas are used to make tortilla chips, which are then sliced into triangles and fried or baked until crisp. When exposed to air, like any other crispy meal, they quickly turn stale and have a mushy, chewy texture 

And when we make nachos, we moisten the tortilla chips by adding our favorite toppings, from sour cream, and cheese to salsa, which contains a certain amount of liquid, and the liquid gets added to the tortillas.

Usually, they can withstand this and will still be rather firm after you remove them from the oven. However, the tortilla chips will eventually absorb the moisture and turn into a horrible soggy mess. Also, reheating nachos with toppings can make them soggy too.

Things to Consider while Reheating Nachos

Your best bet is using an oven or even a skillet for reheating nachos. But there are other life hacks to save you some time and also not compromise on the quality of your nachos entirely!

However, keep the following points in mind.

  • You should store the uncooked nachos safely in an air-tight bag so that the air can’t get in and doesn’t make the nachos soft.
  • Never keep leftover Nachos in storage for longer than two days as this could lead to bacterial growth. Make sure it’s still fresh before you begin the warming procedure.
  • Never reheat nachos with toppings. You should typically separate your cold toppings (tomato, lettuce, guacamole) beforehand and then choose a suitable reheating process. This makes it easier to avoid ending up with a soggy mass of nachos, and you’ll get fresh warm nachos without fail every time!
  • It’s a good idea to use cheese to give your nachos their original look. To achieve this, first, melt the cheese on a stove, then add it to the leftover nachos, and then reheat them once more.

How To Reheat Nachos With An Oven

Using an oven to reheat your nachos will always be your safest bet.

  • It won’t take up too much of your time and your nachos will turn out warm and crispy every single time. 
  • Oven or toaster ovens will ensure that your nachos are reheated evenly, eliminating the risk of burning your nachos.

If you have decided to reheat Nachos with the oven, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Place your nachos on a tray and spread them out evenly. 
  3. Alternatively, you can place them in an aluminum foil and cover them.
  4. Set the timer to 15 minutes. You can change the time taken to reheat your nachos, depending on how crispy you want them to be. It can range from 5-20 minutes.
  5. Once the timer goes off, remove your nachos from the oven and let them cool over a rack.
  6. Your deliciously warm nachos are ready to serve!

How To Reheat Nachos With A Skillet

While using a skillet is not the most favored option, it is definitely the best option if you’re in a hurry and need a quick solution to warm up your leftover nachos. 

Using a skillet or a pan will save you the time required to preheat an oven. And if done right, your results will be just as good! 

To reheat Nachos with a Skillet:

  • Place your nachos in the skillet/pan and cover them with aluminum foil. 
  • On slow to medium heat, let them cook for 5-10 minutes. The aluminum foil will trap the heat inside the pan and ensure even heating.
  • Transfer your nachos to a plate after a few minutes and serve with the cold ingredients!

Things to consider while reheating Nachos using a Skillet: 

  • It is best to keep an eye on your nachos and turn them around from time to time to avoid burning. 
  • Add some oil before adding your nachos if you would enjoy some extra crispiness. 
  • Never leave your nachos unattended when using a skillet. The time it takes to reheat will vary depending on individual factors. Always keep a careful watch the first few times you do it to know what best suits you.
All possible methods of reheating nachos.
Reheating Nachos (All Methods): A Bird’s Eye View

How To Reheat Nachos In A Broiler 

Although some people would advise you against this, I still find this a pretty feasible option. What’s so great about using a broiler is that it uses high and direct heat to warm up food, thus reducing the reheating time and ensuring extra crunchy and crispy nachos.

To reheat Nachos in a broiler, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat the broiler to 500-550 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cover your baking pan with an aluminum sheet and evenly spread leftover nachos over it.
  3. Place some extra cheese if you like and heat for 4-5 minutes, or just until the cheese melts.
  4. Let the nachos cool for a minute and then serve with cold ingredients.

tips icon Tip : Remember to keep checking the pan for burning or overcooked nachos. The high heat can be risky sometimes and needs constant observation.

How To Reheat Nachos With A Microwave 

You’ve probably heard a very strong opinion about this option from many people. Most would just tell you to not attempt this technique. There is a high chance that microwaving your nachos will make them very soggy. 

However, I can understand why some of you would want to try this. And if you do, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • Line your microwave-safe dish with good-quality paper towels without foil. This prevents unwanted moisture.
  • Always take off whatever toppings your nachos have. This will prevent sogginess.
  • A life hack is to first microwave your nachos for 30 seconds on high. Then add more cheese, turn down the temperature, and heat just until the cheese melts.
  • If your nachos consist of toppings like beef, beans or meats; reheat them in a bowl separately and then add them to already reheated nachos.

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Reheating Nachos With An Air-Fryer

For those of you with an Air-Fryer at hand, you can never go wrong with reheating your nachos in it! Air-fried nachos will most likely turn out even better than those in the oven, owing to their uniform frying technique and greater hot air circulation methods. Do Air Fryers Use a Lot of Electricity? Well, we can assure you, air-fryers consume very moderate levels of electricity. So use it while you can. 

To reheat Nachos with an air-fryer, follow the steps below:

  1. Preheat the air-fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-7 minutes.
  2. Spray the bottom of your pan with oil or butter. For greater quality, add a layer of fresh nacho chips before you place your leftover nachos in them.
  3. Heat the nachos for 4-5 minutes and gradually lower the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Add fresh cheese once you’re done and serve with cold ingredients!

If you have further doubts, Skinny Comfort has discussed more on making and reheating nachos in the air fryer.

Reheating Nacho Cheese

You can also microwave your nacho cheese for about 4-5 minutes. Stir it for the first 2 minutes and then stir it again for the last 2 minutes.

Nachos are practically incomplete without delicious cheese running down their sides. Now that you know the right way to reheat your leftover nachos, you should also know how to deal with all your nacho cheese worries.

The best way to reheat your nacho cheese is to pour some butter into a skillet and then go ahead and heat your cheese in it. Stir at regular intervals until it turns into your desired texture. 

Storing Your Leftover Nachos So They Don’t Go Soggy

Even though you are familiar with all the nooks and crannies of nacho reheating, it still wouldn’t matter if you don’t store your leftover nachos right. Nachos should always be stored in an airtight container. You can use an airtight zip-lock bag too. Whatever you have at your disposal works, just make sure it is airtight and doesn’t invite any moisture. Store this in a refrigerator, never at room temperature. And finally, nachos do not need to be thawed, unlike other food items. Just remove the cold ingredients and you’re ready to go! 

nacho cheese in a pan
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  • There are so many ways to reheat Nachos. Choose how you want to do it depending on what facilities you currently have. 
  • The best way to reheat nachos is using an Oven or a Skillet. 
  • Separate cold ingredients (tomato, lettuce, guacamole) beforehand and then choose a suitable reheating method. This would avoid sogginess. 
  • The best way to reheat the Nacho Cheese is to pour some butter into a Skillet and then go ahead and heat your cheese in it. Stir at regular intervals until it turns into your desired texture.


How long do leftover nachos last?

Leftover nachos will last a maximum of two days. After that, you risk bacterial growth which makes them unsafe to consume.

How do you reheat nachos without getting soggy?

Using an oven is your safest bet for crispy and crunchy nachos. If you use a microwave, place a paper towel beneath your nachos to avoid sogginess.

What temperature should I heat nachos at?

A good rule of thumb is to usually keep checking the crispiness of your nachos and experiment, depending upon your equipment and the method you’re using. But you should generally keep the temperature at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


I would generally always recommend not going for leftover nachos. Nachos are one of the few foods that taste best when served fresh. But if you do, I hope this article helped you. Whichever method you end up choosing, remember to follow the tips mentioned in this article. 

I would personally say that using an oven is probably the safest and the best option you could go for. Your nachos will turn out a warm, crispy, and crunchy deliciousness of cheese and toppings. And if anything does go off course on your first try, adding some fresh cheese on top will never go wrong.

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