How To Reheat Nachos? 6 Quick and Easy Ways [Updated]

Nachos, albeit savory and delicious when freshly bought from Taco Bell or Freebirds. In the US, we frequently invite our friends or colleagues a dinner with nachos. End of the party, there are tons of leftovers of nachos, it will turn into mush the minute you stuff them inside a fridge.

This brings us to a big question: how to reheat nachos without making them soggy? After many trials and errors, we’ve successfully brought forth our 6 money-saving and time-effective methods to reheat leftover nachos. So now, you got the nachos as good as the fresh one in just a few minutes.

Let’s take a closer look at them!


how to reheat nachos

Before typing How do you reheat nachos without getting soggy? in the Google search box, you must first have leftover nachos in your fridge!

A quick note: Storing your nachos properly is the initial and utterly vital step in keeping them in good condition.

Remember to toss your nachos into the trash if they are over two days to prevent bacteria growth. And store them in an air-sealed plastic bag so that the chips ain’t getting softened.

Once being taken out, nachos don’t need thawing like freeze rice or seafood and work their way straight into the reheating process at room temperature. Yet, a double check to see if the toppings have gone stale is never superfluous. 

The crunchy and dry texture of nachos allows them to be reheated without added moisture, unlike when reheating tamales, so you don’t have to sprinkle any water drop preheating on top of your old platter of nachos.

In the case of supreme loaded nachos, you may prepare another fresh batch of new toppings instead of pulled pork or ground beef (the original toppings) to save time. You can also add some nacho cheese sauce for a richer flavor.

Can You Warm Up Leftover Nachos?

Fortunately, you can store and reheat nachos in some simple ways for use the next time but still keep the original taste. You also do not need to bother about wasting your leftovers too.

There are some helpful ways to do it, like using an oven, a microwave, a broiler, a skillet, an air-fryer, or a toaster. Let’s scroll below, and I will show you more.

6 Ways To Reheat Leftover Nachos

You can opt for one among these six below kitchen utensils, However, the oven method is still most cooks’ favorite out of the bunch.

1. Reheat Nachos In The Oven

how to reheat nachos by an oven

What You Need:

  • A cookie/baking sheet.
  • Cooking spray or aluminum foil.
  • Leftover nachos


  • Scrape off the cold toppings (salsa, guacamole, lettuce or so) aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (degree Fahrenheit). If there are beans on top of the nachos, you can stop once the thermometer reaches 300°F. 
  • Spray the bottom of the baking tray to prevent stickiness/ Line the sheet with aluminum foil as a heat conductor. It works as a barrier against moisture while maintaining the nachos’ crispy texture. 
  • Spread the nacho chips on the tray’s bottom/ aluminum foil evenly while reheating them with the fan on low for five minutes. 
  • Use a pair of mittens to take the tray out and let it sit on the counter to cool down before redressing the nachos. Bon appetit!


  • The quickest, most convenient, and tastiest way to reheat leftover nachos.


  • Require constant checking so that the nachos will not be overcooked. 
  • If you want to adjust to personal standards of crustiness, you may have to wait for 10 – 15 minutes.

2. Reheat Nachos In The Toaster Oven

a toaster oven

What You Need:

  • Small ovensafe pan/dish.
  • Aluminum foil.
  • Leftover nachos.

How To Do:

  • Take off the toppings and preheat your oven at 275°F – 300°F.
  • Line a mini-sized oven-safe plate with aluminum foil.
  • Layout the tortilla chips evenly on the foil and fit the dish inside the toaster.
  • Reheat for 5 – 15 minutes according to your personal preferences of crustiness. 
  • Take the nachos out to cool down for a moment.


  • Take less time to reheat than regular.


  • Can only handle a small batch of nachos at a time.

3. Reheat Nachos In The Airfryer

cook nachos using air fryer

What You Need:

  • An airfryer.
  • Cooking spray.
  • Leftover nachos.
  • Fresh nacho chips.
  • Shredded cheese.

How Does An Airfryer Work?

An airfryer operates in strict conformity with the Maillard Reaction, which browns amino acids and sugar (caramelization). Air fryers and toaster ovens are like fraternal twins in the way they immerse fried food in hot air circulation faster and more thoroughly than convection. 

How To Do:

  • Preheat the Airfryer: Set the timer at 370°F – 400°F for 6-7 minutes.
  • Spray for a stick-proof pan. Line its bottom with a single layer of fresh nacho chips.  
  • Pop bare leftover nachos on top and spread the nachos consistently.
  • Sandwich the leftovers with another layer of fresh nachos. Finish with grated cheddar cheese for zing and Monterey Jack or Colby Jack for melt. 
  • Reheat the pan for four minutes at 350°F. You can leave the rack out if you’ve happened to stack the food too high by accident. 
  • Scoop the nachos out with a spatula. Add some sour cream or salsa and veggies on top (optional).
  • Now, chow down!

If you don’t know how to use it, reference to Air Fryer Leftover Nachos by Christy’s Cooking Channel.


  • Time-effective.
  • Minimal preparation.


  • Lack of ventilation for smoke emitted from dripping food.

4. Reheat Nachos On The Cast Iron Skillet

a skillet with nachos

What You Need:

  • Two cast iron skillets.
  • Aluminum foil.
  • Leftover nachos.

How To Do:

  • Disperse the nachos uniformly on the skillet to reheat.
  • Cover the skillet with aluminum foil.
  • Put the skillet’s lid over the foil to trap up the heat.
  • Set the burner to medium heat for five minutes until the cheese melts. 
  • Toss the skillet up once in a while.
  • Sprinkle olive oil inside the other skillet. Pop some chopped tomatoes, green onions, diced shallots, bell peppers, and pulled pork in with a few tosses, and turn over medium-high heat. Finish with some slices of black olives as decor and a delicious platter of loaded nachos are ready to be served.


  • Distribute the heat equally to each chip.


  • Cumbersome to check for burnt chips during the reheating process.

5. Reheat Nachos Under The Broiler 

Broiler in an oven

Baking vs. Broiling

Baking employs hot air (frequently at 375°F) from the oven to cook cakes, bread or muffins indirectly. 

Broiling requires direct heat at 550°F for a quick sear on the surface. So, most of the time, it can be the ultimate way to heat thin food. In literal terms, it would work well on nachos.


  • Preheat the broiler at 400°F. 
  • Line the pan/baking sheet with aluminum foil, anything at your disposal. 
  • Cover the foiled pan completely with leftover tortilla chips.
  • Sprinkle a mixture of two or three types of cheese on top.
  • Place the pan under the broiler at 550°F for three to five minutes or until the cheese melts. Constantly check the nachos to avoid burning them.
  • Remove the nachos out of the broiler and let them chill before digging in with some extra cold toppings.


  • One of the fastest methods.


  • The heat is distributed unevenly: In other words, your nachos might end up with burned edges and cold center.

6. Reheat Nachos In The Microwave 

a microwave

If you learn how to reheat food before, you must have known microwaves are not the best for reheating fried food unless you know how to apply some professional culinarians’ tricks to avoid receiving a big soggy mess. If you don’t have any magic up your sleeve, then stay away from reheating your nachos in the microwave.

Going microwave-free is the best way to bring your cold mushy batch of overnight nachos back to life. Otherwise, the contents inside your used-to-be-perfect avocado nachos would be easy to get compromised and offer an appalling taste. The cheese sauce would be likely to be losing that thick texture and turning into a sad swamp on top of the bone dry chips, resulting in their becoming soggy.

Yet, if you can’t fathom your intolerance of this reheating method, then you have the liberty to try to reheat leftover nachos, following this guide! 

What you need:

  • A microwave.
  • A microwave-safe pan.
  • Paper towels.
  • Leftover nachos.


  • Line the microwave-safe pan with paper towels to absorb any unwanted moisture.
  • Spread the nachos evenly on the paper towels.
  • Pop the pan into the microwave for a minute. Add every extra 20 seconds anytime you haven’t got satisfied with the crunchiness. There is no specified amount of time for this method. Just reheat until the cheese melts.


  • Versatile for improvised recipes: More cheese can go into your recipe and turn the nachos into a fresh bowl of casserole. 


  • The content inside your nacho dish would get compromised in terms of flavor and nutrition due to uneven heat distribution.

How To Store Leftover Nachos?

When you finished your party but you still have some leftover nachos? What should you do? It is better if you store it correctly so that your nachos will not be spoiled.

We all know that the quality of the reheated nachos depends on how they are wrapped in storing time. When separated and kept in an airtight container, the nachos will be in the best store condition.

Please follow my instructions below.

1. You should divide the nachos into three parts, including the chips, some cold items that do not need to be reheated like lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, fresh jalapenos, and some hot items that require reheating such as beans, meat, and cheese.

2. Store the three-part nachos in airtight containers and put them in the refrigerator.

If you don’t have any airtight containers, you can use airtight plastic bags or freezer bags.

Storing this way will make it easier to reheat and keep your nachos from causing any odors in your fridge. You can use it within 5-7 days without concern about quality. However, if you want to keep them longer, you need to move them to the freezer to use in the future.


1. What Temperature Do You Heat Nachos At?

It depends on what utensils you are using, but normally we keep the heat around U-400°F. 

2. How To Prevent Nachos From Becoming Soggy?

You have to master the art of opting for the right ingredients:

  • Best cheese: Cheddar – melts well, contains no anti-clumping agents, mild in flavor.

  • Best nacho chips (flour or corn tortillas): thick enough to hold up well when cooked but do not turn into rubber once drizzled with sour cream, salsa or gravy.
  • Best toppings: We would personally go a little tart (lime, salsa) and savory (meat) in flavor. For veggies, freshness is every cook’s best friend (avocado, onion, tomato, bell peppers).

  • You’d also have to become an expert in layering and smothering techniques. Spread the nachos evenly on trays before reheating, add cheese, only sprinkle cold toppings and smother sour cream on when the cheese nacho chips have been reheated. 

Once you’ve accomplished all these steps, you have become a connoisseur of the art to lay properly!

3. Tips to make nachos crispy again

As usual, a nachos will soften when it is left open and in contact with moisture in the air. Therefore, to get the nachos crispy again, we need to remove that moisture. Reheat in some minutes at 350 degrees F in the oven, or until you can see the nachos become crispy. At this time, the heat will also help remove the water from the nacho chips and restore their soft texture. 

Choose the most suitable type of chip: A chip you are recommended to have is a thick, sturdy tortilla chip. This kind will have the solid texture to carry the weight of all of the toppings.

Before reheating in the oven, you should remove any topping from the nachos.

When reheating, it is better if you use aluminum foil to cover your nachos.

After baking nachos, you also sprinkle a thin layer of shredded cheese on the top of nachos that will play a role as a protective barrier, keeping the nachos crunchy for longer.

Remember to add cold ingredients like lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, fresh jalapenos when it is almost cooked. If not, it will make your nachos mushier.

Let the nachos cool for a few minutes before serving with sauce.

4. Can you eat cold nachos?

Some food is better eaten when it is cool or after storing in the fridge. However, nachos do not contain in which.

It would be best to eat nachos when it is still cold because it is better when served still fresh or hot. In the situation you let nachos sit out for a long time, they will become greasy and often turn into a gloopy mess. Therefore, when you decide to eat leftover nachos, it is necessary to warm them up

Bottom Line

By now, you should’ve realized the oven is still our winner pick out of all methods on how to reheat nachos.

When hunger strikes and you just want to hasten things up, the microwave is still permissible. Yet, an air fryer would still have that edge in comparison if you can afford one.

Still, never go easy with yourself and always follow the codes step by step on how to layer and smother your nachos properly when reheating, because they are the keys to retain that renowned crunch of this classic. 

Kevin Richard

Hi all! I’m Kevin. I spend plenty of time in the kitchen every day because I love cooking healthy and delicious foods for my family and friends. Cooking gives me a chance to be creative and fun. It’s also one of the most meaningful ways to express my love and take care of my little family.

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