How to Reheat Taco Bell [Best 5 Methods]

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Who doesn’t like fast food? When it comes to Taco Bell, the food is so damn delicious, you can stop at one.

 If you love ordering from Taco Bell, there is a good chance that you’ve ordered more than you can eat, and are now staring at leftovers.

 You can put them in the fridge for a nice office lunch or a quick dinner after a busy, busy day. 

 A Taco Bell dish tastes great when fresh and warm. Cold Taco Bell leftovers — not so much.

 So, should you just throw it away? 

Bad idea when you can reheat Taco Bell foods and enjoy your favorite dish one more time.


Can You Reheat Taco Bell?


 You will be surprised by how easy it is to reheat any taco bell dish, whether it’s a chalupa or a burrito. A few minutes of prep work and you have another meal to indulge in.

 Reheated food will never taste quite like the original, but it’s better than eating a sad looking taco straight from the fridge.

 Reheat Taco Bell in four everyday ways that work. Of course, some methods will always be better and faster than others. Warm your leftovers — in the oven, on the stove top, in the microwave, or in the air fryer.  

 And, before you dump everything into a plate, there is a specific way to go about reheating these leftovers or extra meals. Unless you want to end up with a soggy and chewy mess.

Tacos shells with sauce

Separate Ingredients to Reheat Taco Bell

 Certain ingredients like vegetables, meat, pickles and sauces should always be warmed up for a tastier meal. Others taste yummier when left cold or at room temperature. 

 To ensure that you retain the flavor of your dish and avoid soggy food, separate the topping, fillings and gravy from the base foods.

 Reheat your tortilla, rolls or taco shells separately, a few at a time. Keep aside items that can be eaten cold like greens and raw veggies, cream cheese and dips including mayo. Warm up other ingredients including cheese, meat and veggies.

 Are you disappointed at not being able to enjoy an extra Taco Bell meal? Don’t worry as we have discovered some cool ways to reheat it.

 How do you do that?

Reheat Taco Bell in Oven

 The oven is by far the best method to reheat any dish from Taco bell.  The oven takes its sweet time to heat up food though, compared to the other methods we share in this article

 On the bright side, this method ensures that your food cooks evenly. However, this method doesn’t work so well for corn tortillas) stovetop is a better option).

 And this is the only method where you can skip the thawing process and reheat frozen dishes directly without compromising on taste or consistency.  

 Before you put the dish in the oven, remember to remove the Taco Bell wrapper. You won’t be heating cold dips or raw fillings.

 Follow these simple steps to reheat your taco or tortilla:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and prep a baking tray. 
  2. Set aside all the cold and raw fillings from your meal. 
  3.  Add meat and vegetable fillings in separate bowls to warm up next.
  4. Add the soft or hard shells to the tray. Cover with aluminum foil to prevent it from browning too much.
  5. Heat for 10-15 minutes until warm. 
  6. Remove from the oven, and heat the meat or veggie bowls (again covered with foil) for 10-15 minutes until warm. 
  7. Remove, add fresh ingredients and fillings (if heated separately), and serve.

Heat Taco Bell on The Stovetop

 Not everyone owns an oven or has a kitchen pre-fitted with one. This method doesn’t need fancy equipment and you only need a frying pan. 

 Don’t forget to heat on low to prevent scorching your dinner. And this is a much better way to warm up soft corn tortillas rather than the oven or microwave. 

 Follow these simple steps to reheat your meal:

  1. Set aside all the cold and raw fillings from your meal. 
  2.  Set aside meat and vegetable fillings to warm up next.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the soft or hard shells. This prevents the sheets from sticking to the pan.
  4. Cook on medium-low or 3-4 minutes on each side, until warm. You can cover with a lid to ensure even heating heat and even warming.
  5. Remove, and reheat the meat or vegetables in the same way for 4-5 minutes until warm. 
  6. Remove, add fillings and fresh ingredients, and serve.

Reheat Taco Bell in Microwave

 As you know, the microwave tends to suck out the moisture from food or leave them soggy. 

 This method works well for soft shells or heating up the entire meal at once. Avoid the microwave for reheating nachos or hard taco shells.

 Use these steps to reheat Taco Bell dishes:

  1. Set aside all the cold and raw fillings from your meal. 
  2. Place the soft shells on a damp paper towel or stuffed burrito in a microwave safe container. 
  3. Reheat on high for 30-60 seconds. Remove and check.
  4. You may have to repeat another round of 20-30 seconds.
  5. Remove, add fresh ingredients and fillings (if heated separately), and serve.
Burrito with meat and red pepper


Reheat Taco Bell in The Air Fryer

 Did you know the air fryer is a great way to reheat leftovers or complete meals? 

 As it uses hot air like the oven, it does a great way to warm and crisp up Taco Bell foods and in far less time.

 If you’re using a frozen meal, thaw it in the refrigerator or microwave first, before reheating it in the air fryer. 

 Use these steps to reheat your favorite take away:

  1. Preheat the air fryer at 400°F (200°C).
  2. Set aside all the cold and raw fillings from your meal. 
  3. Reduce the temperature to 350°F (180°C) and place the plain tortilla or stuffed shells in the fryer basket.
  4. Reheat for 2-3 minutes. Remove and check.
  5. If not heated well, repeat another round of 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove and serve.

Reheat Taco Bell in Covered Grill

 Like the stovetop, the grill gives your soft taco shells and tortillas a nice crunch, and a smoky flavor as well. 

 And similar to the microwave or air fryer, you don’t have to separate the fillings and the flat bread. 

 Follow these simple steps to grill your leftovers:

  1. Set aside all the cold and raw fillings from your meal. 
  2.  Cover the meal in foil to prevent the filling from falling out.
  3. Place it on the grill and close the lid. Set the grill on high heat.
  4. Reheat for 5 to 8 minutes. Remove, add fresh ingredients, and serve.

 There you have it! Five different and simple ways to reheat your Taco Bell meal. Enjoy your favorite food warm the next day or the day after using one of these techniques.

Which method do you frequently use to reheat leftover Taco Bell? Let us know in the comments.


Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Can You Store Taco Bell in the Fridge?

 Most meals stay good for two to three days in the fridge. After that, it is better to throw it away rather than risk eating stale or spoiled food.

 When you freeze it, it tends to last for around a month. Thaw it in the refrigerator for a day before reheating it or reheat directly in the oven.

Can I Reheat a Whole Taco Bell Meal?

You can get away with reheating whole meals in the air fryer, grill or microwave. But always keep it wrapped in plastic wrap or foil and remove cold fillings or fresh ingredients.

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