How to Reheat Enchiladas?

Is there anybody who does not like enchiladas?  If there is, it got to be a mere handful.  I am so in love with this highly popular spicy, meaty, cheesy and saucy Mexican food item that I never have any regret in making or ordering them in large batches.  Want to know the reason?  You can always reheat enchiladas at a later date and the good news is it will taste as good as it did originally.


Can You Eat leftover Enchiladas?

Yes, if properly stored in refrigerator within two hours of making, leftover enchiladas can be eaten after being reheated.  Leftover enchiladas stored in refrigerator can be kept up to 5 days and is safe to eat after being thoroughly reheated under correct temperature.  Never eat cold tortillas and never leave leftover enchiladas out on counter overnight.

Is Enchiladas okay to reheat?

It is a common query whether you can reheat cooked enchiladas.  Cooked enchiladas are okay to be reheated, if they have been properly prepared and stored.  Enchiladas consist of a corn tortilla (a circular flat bread) filled with meat, cheese, chili pepper sauce.  Any leftovers should be stored in an airtight container lined with kitchen paper.  The kitchen paper will help in absorbing any moisture preventing the enchiladas becoming soggy.

There are many methods to reheat enchiladas so read on and pick the one most suitable and convenient to you.

Before jump in to the methods, I suggest you to read complete guide on how to reheat chipotle burrito.

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How to Reheat Enchiladas in Oven?

Without a doubt reheating enchiladas in oven is the best method as it enables the tortilla and the filling to warm up evenly retaining both the texture and flavor.  The only drawback is that it is time consuming.

Preheat oven to 350o degrees Fahrenheit.   Place the enchiladas in an oven safe dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes.   Remove the foil from dish and bake for further 10 minutes allowing the cheese to melt.  Once well heated remove from oven and serve.

How long to reheat Enchiladas in oven?

You will need to reheat enchiladas in oven for 15 to 20 minutes at an oven temperature of 350o degrees Fahrenheit.  Removing aluminum foil after 10-15 minutes will enable the cheese to melt without getting crusty.

Enchiladas taken straight from the freezer have to be baked covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes.  Then remove foil cover and bake for a further 10 minutes.   In the case of frozen enchiladas previously thawed in the refrigerator, bake for 15 minutes, then uncover foil and bake for a further 15 minutes.   

How to keep Enchiladas warm in Oven?

Place enchiladas seam down in a casserole dish with low sides.  Tightly cover with aluminum foil.  This way the heat will not escape.    Let it stand in oven for 5 minutes after being reheated.   

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How To Reheat Enchiladas in Toaster Oven?

This is a quick method to reheat enchiladas.  Cover enchiladas with aluminum foil and place on rack in toaster oven.  Set temperature to 300o degrees Fahrenheit and heat for 5 minutes.  If needed allow an additional 1 or 2 minutes for the enchiladas to get heated through thoroughly.  

How To Reheat Enchiladas in Air Fryer?

You need a quick and easy way to reheat your enchiladas?  Then the air fryer is the answer.  It definitely is a convenient and simple way to reheat enchiladas within minutes.  Preheat the air fryer to 400o degrees Fahrenheit.  Place enchiladas in aluminum foil and air fry them for 12 minutes. Turn enchiladas.  Allow to heat for 2 minutes.  Check if they are thoroughly reheated.  Ensure that they do not get overcooked.  Add shredded cheese once heated for added flavor. Remove from air fryer and serve hot. 

How to Reheat enchiladas in Microwave?

This method is best when you have a single serving or you are in a hurry.  Warming enchiladas in microwave may make them a bit firmer. 

Place enchiladas in microwave safe dish. Make a few holes on them to allow steam to escape.  You can also cut the enchilada into quarters and allow the heat to be distributed evenly. Cover with a splatter guard or paper towel.  Place in microwave and set the temperature on high for one minute.  Check for desired warmth and if required allow to heat at 30 second intervals until they reach the desired heat but ensure that you do not overcook them.   Once well heated remove from microwave and serve.

How long to reheat Enchiladas in Microwave?

Allow to heat on high for 1 minute.  Check the warmth and continue to heat at 30 second intervals for 1 to 2 minutes continually checking it reaches the desired warmth. 

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How to reheat Enchiladas in Pan?

Many prefer reheating enchiladas in a pan as it evenly heats up the filling without drying it and also crisp up the tortilla bottom as well.  Place pan or skillet with a little oil on stovetop on medium heat.   Place up to 4 to 5 enchiladas in pan.  Leave a little space between each enchilada to allow them to cook evenly. 

Cook for 2-4 minutes until the bottoms crisp up.  You can also pour a wee bit of water around the enchilada and cover with lid allowing it to be steamed for 2 minutes.  This will evenly heat them right up to the centre and also prevent the fillings getting dry.  Do not flip the enchiladas as cheesy top layer will stick to the pan. Serve immediately.

If you are left with a large quantity, consider working in batches.

How To Store Enchiladas For The Purpose Of Reheating?

Any leftover enchiladas should not be left out on counter top overnight.   Line an airtight container with paper towel.  This helps to absorb excess moisture, and prevent the enchiladas getting soggy when reheating.  Place the enchiladas in container and seal container tightly.  Store in fridge if you intend consuming it within three days. 

If you need to keep it for longer periods, you will need to place it in freezer.   Wrap the enchiladas tightly in plastic wrap and cover it with foil or place in zip lock bag pressing the air out and place in foil rays that are tightly covered before placing in freezer.  Frozen enchiladas have to be consumed within three months. 

How Do You prevent reheated Enchiladas from becoming soggy?

Nobody wants to taste enchiladas that are soggy, when reheated.   The use of tomato sauce can make the enchiladas to get soggy when left in refrigerator.   Using sauce sparingly on top of filling or using a thicker, creamier sauce such as sour cream or cheese will prevent them becoming soggy when stored in refrigerator.  Using fresh corn tortillas is also a way to prevent enchiladas becoming soggy when reheated.   

Also before reheating enchiladas remember to preheat the casserole dish you intend to use to reheat refrigerated enchiladas.  If you feel the enchiladas are already soggy it is best to reheat them in the oven or microwave.

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How to reheat frozen Enchiladas?

You can either thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or you can also take them straight out from the freezer and place them in previously heated baking tray and reheat.  You will need suitable dish for baking enchiladas taken straight out from the freezer, as all casserole dishes would not be able to cope with the sudden temperature change.  Silicone, metal or aluminum foil containers are best for this purpose.

After placing them in the baking dish add some fresh sauce and grated cheese to give the food that extra flavor.  Cover with a new aluminum foil and bake at 350o degrees Fahrenheit.  Enchiladas taken straight out from the freezer will need to be baked for 30 minutes.  Then remove foil cover and bake for a further 10 minutes.   In the case of enchiladas thawed in the refrigerator, bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake for a further 15 minutes.   

Reheating frozen enchiladas in microwave is also another helpful method, but this method is best for a single serving.  Unwrap frozen enchiladas and place on a microwave safe plate.  Cover with splatter guard and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Check for warmth and continue heating at 30 second intervals until it is thoroughly heated through.

Do Enchiladas reheat well?

Enchiladas can be reheated well.  If you carefully follow the different methods given in this page, you will know that they can be reheated well.

What Is The Best Way To Reheat Enchiladas?

Out of the above given methods personally I would pick the oven to reheat enchiladas at any time.  Even if you have a large quantity of enchiladas in hand whether refrigerated or straight out from the freezer, I would recommend you to go for this method.  Trust me!

Reheating them in a pan is also a preferred method as this way the texture and flavor will well be retained.

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