Whether a chow for some movie marathon, an appetizer, or even a random craving, nachos are always a favorite to many.
What makes it even great is its versatility! Nachos can just exist in any day. You’re up for birthday parties, playing time, movie trips, or hangouts? This nacho snack blends extremely well on your plans!
What’s your ideal style of Nachos?
A pool of nachos always comes with a cheese sauce and it’s inevitable. Right? However, a lot of nacho lovers prefer to have it with different layered toppings too.
How about you? Would you go for a creamy, cheesy, or meaty? Or maybe you’d love it spicy and crunchy?
Either way, you have a lot of options to play with. It can be veggies, salsa sauce, sour cream, or meat. Put some citrus if you feel like it. In fact, any other toppings will do as well.
Cheese Sauce on Nachos
A classic way to enjoy nachos! Cheese and nachos just vibe so perfectly together.
The cheese sauce is a major requirement to enjoy your nachos experience. Although it’s widely available in the market, you can also customize your own.
It’s just a simple mix and combines things and it will surely not sweat you to make one.
Made from home cheese sauce is always better! Besides, it’s very simple to make! You can even adjust it to your liking. Let us know in the comments if you need a cheese sauce recipe.
Nachos basically sell crunchiness. We love crisp it gives every time we take a bite!
It is important to know the characteristics of nachos beforehand. For it to be crunchy, it should be hot. But that hotness will make the whole snack a soaked and will damp nachos.
By the way, don’t overwhelm your nachos with spoonsful of salsa or sour cream before heating.
There’s something problematic when you attempt to heat up chips. It could be soggy or mushy. That being said, a microwave does not work well in this type of snack.
Though it still can be used, your nachos will not be crispy anymore and will turn out to be a mushy mess. Of course, we don’t want to be frustrated over a soggy nacho serving.
But how can you heat your nachos with its toppings?
There are two ways— use an oven or heat it in a skillet.
Tips to Keeping Your Nachos
Hover around these tips we have prepared for you. These might help you store your remaining nachos at home.
- Use a sealed plastic bag. Get rid of the air inside the bag for the nachos to maintain is crunchiness.
- Check if it’s secured or sealed enough.
- Put it in the fridge.
- Remember to not include cold toppings when attempting to reheat nachos.
The Oven Method
The steps below apply to toasters and ovens. This method saves the cheese and maintains the crunch of nachos too. Here’s how:
- Always start by heating the oven up to 225°F or 107°C.
- Take your leftover nachos out of the fridge.
- You can either use an oven-safe container or a baking sheet. Just remember to cover it with foil.
- Low fan is the key! Heat up your nachos for about 5 minutes. If you want crunchier nachos, add a few more minutes, not exceeding 20 minutes.
- Save your nachos from burning! Check it frequently because nachos burn fast.
- Get your potholders and take them out of the oven. And get ready to dig in too!
- But don’t serve it yet. Let it cool down a bit.
- And that’s it! Serve and dig into your delicious nachos.
If you’re in a bit hurry, 5 – 10 mins will do at a 300°F oven temperature. Make sure it is preheated to the same temperature before you toss your nachos in.
The Skillet Method
Using a pan or a skillet to heat up your kept nachos in the fridge takes lesser time to do than that in the oven. This is your ideal option if you want a quick meal. Here’s how you do it:
- Use a skillet that can accommodate all of your nachos. Spread them on it.
- Use a foil to cover the pan.
- Heat up your nachos on medium heat for about 5 minutes only. Check it often, as we don’t want burnt nachos.
- Take the skillet from the heat. Transfer your nachos and get ready to dig in!
Do Not Use a Microwave
Microwaves just don’t really complement crunchy food. Like when heating up fried food, the microwave makes chips soggy and mushy. So, if you’re starving and just feel like to tossing your nachos inside a microwave, you might end up disappointed.
But here’s what you can do: Make it a casserole! Put more cheese in it instead. Microwave it and stop once the cheese starts to melt.
Leftovers are our lifesaver! They are simply our go-to when we’re so hungry or when we have sudden cravings. Only that, the food can be ruined during the process of heating it up. But don’t worry because we got you covered! Below are the pro tips on reheating many kinds of excess food. Go check them out!
Our Take Away
Heating up nachos is pretty much a glide. Just follow the instructions above to heat them up the correct way and you can enjoy your nachos as how it is supposed to be.
As promised, here are some pro tips and reminders when heating up nachos:
- Nachos is known for its cheese sauce. It’s not nachos if it doesn’t have cheese sauce.
- Do not go intensely on sour cream and salsa. It kinda makes your nachos soggy and really messy.
- Leftover chips must be kept in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerated.
- Do not include cold toppings when reheating.
- Your best option to heat up nachos is using an oven. 5 – 20 minutes should make your nachos crunchy again.
- If you use a pan, cover it with foil. This will maximize the heat and lock it in the area. 5 mins will do if you prefer this method.
- Remember to check the nachos frequently as it gets burnt easily.
- The microwave does not work best on chips.
- If your only option is to microwave, put more cheese, and make it a casserole instead.
Although reheating nachos can be a little tricky, nothing is more rewarding once you’ve done it right! Leftover or excess nachos are not a problem anymore, now that you know how to reheat it.