Got leftover quesadilla? You may want to know the best ways on how to reheat a quesadilla. Below I’m sharing my secret tips.
Just about everybody loves quesadillas — those piping hot tortillas filled with melted cheese and any number of delicious ingredients like diced chicken, spicy steak, peppers, tomatoes and onions.
It’s hard to imagine, but after indulging in a plate of quesadillas you might end up with left overs. If you do, there are definitely dos and don’ts regarding how to reheat a quesadilla.
The Microwave? Maybe Not.
Throwing a cold quesadilla into the microwave will get it hot but isn’t the best way to bring it back to life.
If it’s some kind of quesadilla emergency and you need it super fast, then this method might be warranted, but be warned — the tortilla will be soggy, the cheese will be either molten hot or unevenly heated and ingredients like chicken or meat will be dry.
If you want your quesadilla to be as delicious as it was when first made, you must turn your back on the microwave.
The Oven, Toaster Oven and the Skillet to Reheat a Quesadilla
All three of the above methods are legitimate options for reviving your quesadilla. Deciding which one to use involves personal preference, the thickness of your quesadilla and how much time and attention you are willing to spend.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Get a baking sheet and brush on a very thin coating of vegetable oil.
Place the quesadilla on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melting. This method is good for thick or thin quesadillas.
Preheat the toaster oven to either medium or 350°F. You can use an oiled baking sheet or you can make an envelope out of aluminum foil.
Oil one side of an aluminum foil sheet. Place your quesadilla in the middle of it. Fold the foil over top of it, creating an envelope.
Depending on the power of your toaster oven, heat it for about 10 minutes and then check it. If it needs more time, just put it back in. When it starts to smell yummy, it’s probably done.
The skillet will always yield the crispiest tortilla, but if your quesadilla is packed with all kinds of vegetables and proteins, then heating it up in a skillet may take longer and require more attention.
A plain cheese quesadilla will be thin and take no time at all.
Cover the bottom of the skillet with a thin sheen of vegetable oil. Heat to medium low and add the quesadilla.
Let it cook for about a minute and a half and then flip it. If it’s getting too dark, turn the heat down.
Keep flipping the quesadilla until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden and crispy.
Pro tip – If the outside is getting too dark and the inside isn’t warming through, turn the heat down and cover the quesadilla with a lid, thus creating a small, oven-like space.
The trapped heat will help everything warm though. Flip it over and put the lid back on if it’s still not completely melted, toasty and delicious.