There is nothing worse than reheating your favorite leftover tacos from the night before only to find that the meat has become dry, and the tortilla is either soggy and mushy or stale and chewy. We understand the level of disappointment here, especially when you don’t even have anything else to eat. To save you from that disappointment, we have found some clever ways to reheat the leftovers of your favorite Mexican food. Keep reading to learn how to reheat a taco the right way!
How to Reheat?
Let’s face it – reheating leftover homemade tacos is far easier than reheating the leftovers from a restaurant. This is because, at home, you only make taco as you eat, which means you are more likely to be left with taco ingredients and not the prepared ones. In the case of restaurant leftovers, you obviously have prepared tacos.
In the first case, you can warm up the fillings in a microwave oven easily and follow any of the following methods for reheating taco shells. In the second scenario, however, you should ideally first deconstruct your leftover tacos, separating the tortilla, meat or vegetable filling, fresh produce, and toppings.
Place the main ingredients, i.e., meat, beans, or veggies, in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 to 60 seconds.
Reheating Taco Shells – How to Reheat a Hard Taco Shell?
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place an empty taco shell on a baking dish lined with a cookie sheet and warm them in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes.
How to Reheat a Soft Taco Shell?
Wrap the flour tortilla in a slightly damp paper towel and heat it in a microwave oven for 30 to 40 seconds.
The best way to reheat a corn tortilla, however, is on the stovetop. Spray your leftover corn tortilla with water to lightly dampen it. Now place it in a non-stick pan and warm it up on medium heat.
Reheating Premade Soft Tacos without Deconstructing Them
In case you do not want to go through the hassle of deconstructing a taco and reheating all the ingredients separately, and then put them together again, we have an easier alternative for you:
Remove the fresh produces and toppings from your taco and set them aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wrap the taco in an aluminum foil, place it in an oven-safe dish, and heat for about 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven and open the foil pouch. Now return your taco to the oven for another 3 to 5 minutes. While the second step isn’t necessary, it helps to dry out the taco shell a bit if it had absorbed excess moisture.
There you have it – simple and tried and tested ways to reheat different types of tacos. Now you won’t be asking anyone ever again how to reheat a taco. Try out these methods and let us know how you found them!