Can I Reheat a Quesadilla? Tips on Which Method Is Best 

Mexican food leftovers can be notoriously difficult to reheat. Burritos have so many ingredients, many of the dishes have some foods that are meant to be hot and others meant to be served cold, and cheesy foods are so tricky!

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Thus, reheating a quesadilla can be a struggle if you aren’t careful with which appliance you choose and how precisely you use it. But fear not, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to get this dish back on your plate in excellent condition.

Can You Reheat a Quesadilla?

Can You Reheat quesadilla

So, can you reheat a quesadilla? Yes. Yes you can.

Sure, quesadillas can be tricky because they are thick with cheese and also often include other ingredients like meat, seafood, or veggies. Plus, you have to deal with the sour cream, guacamole, and other sides included with this dish.

But you can reheat this dish with a bit of finagling.

The truth is, you can reheat any dish that has been frozen or refrigerated. The trick is knowing which appliance to use and how.

For example, foods that have been fried or breaded are often best reheated in an air fryer or in the oven while foods that have been baked or grilled are usually better off reheated back in the oven or on the grill.

With the quesadilla, we are probably doing to be best reheating it in the oven, but let’s work our way through each appliance to see how it all plays out.

Should You Reheat a Quesadilla?

Should You Reheat Quesadilla

But first, is it safe?

It’s a fair question to ask whether we should be reheating the quesadilla. We’re dealing with dairy and potentially a meat of some sort.

We have to think about foodborne illnesses, safe food-handling practices, and avoiding illness at all costs. No quesadilla is worth getting a tummy bug.

In general, guidelines say we should be sure to heat any leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be sure we have eliminated all contaminants.

But, of course, you should always do your own research to be sure you have covered all your bases.

To get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.

How to Reheat a Quesadilla in the Oven

Reheating a quesadilla in the oven is quick and easy, and it will get you excellent results.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove any sides that are meant to be served cold.
  3. Place the quesadilla directly on a wire rack in the oven to ensure both sides get crispy and the cheese gets melty.
  4. Heat the quesadilla for 5 minutes and check on the cheese and any meat inside to be sure it is heated through.
  5. If necessary, you can heat for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve with sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Quesadilla in the Microwave

The microwave can be another way to reheat your quesadilla, and while often that appliance is not the best for reheating, it can work wonders in this case.

  1. Remove all ingredients meant to be served cold and set aside.
  2. Place the quesadilla on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Heat on full power in 30-second increments, flipping each time the oven stops.
  4. Check the internal temperature, serve with sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Quesadilla in an Air Fryer

Reheating a quesadilla in an air fryer can be an effective way to get these leftovers into tip-top shape.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove the ingredients meant to be served cold.
  3. Place the quesadilla in individual pieces into the air fryer basket spaced apart, so the air can fully circulate.
  4. Heat for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Check to be sure the meat is heated through and the cheese is melted.
  6. You can always heat for another minute or two.
  7. Serve with sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Quesadilla on a Grill

Reheating a quesadilla on the grill is not recommended if it means you have to head outside and make a special event out of firing up your grill.

But, if you are already out there, you can throw the quesadilla on and feel good about it!

  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove the cold ingredients and set aside.
  3. Place the quesadilla directly on the grill but over indirect heat.
  4. Heat for about 2 minutes then flip the quesadilla to cook for another 2 minutes on the other side.
  5. Serve and enjoy with sides!

How to Reheat a Quesadilla in a Toaster Oven

If there is any dish meant to be reheated in a toaster oven, it is the quesadilla – a tortilla stuffed with cheese and meat or veggies that simply needs to be lightly heated up.

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Remove any ingredients meant to be served cold.
  3. Place the quesadilla directly on the wire rack and heat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Flip the quesadilla and heat for another minute or two.
  5. Serve with sides and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Quesadilla in a Pan on the Stove

Reheating a quesadilla on the stove can be effective, but you’ll have to be careful not to burn it.

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium heat and layer a small amount of olive oil in the pan just to coat the bottom.
  2. Remove any ingredients meant to be served cold.
  3. When the oil is hot, place the quesadilla directly in the oil and cover with a lid.
  4. Heat for a minute and flip the quesadilla. Cover again and wait another minute.
  5. Serve with sides and enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat a Quesadilla Is Using the Oven

Yes. It has to be the oven. Crispy, melty goodness is the result we all want from a quesadilla, and the oven gets this job done.

As a backup, you can work with the toaster oven or the air fryer, but your best bet is the oven, for sure.

What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for reheating a quesadilla? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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