How to Reheat Tacos? Tips and Recipes

Tacos are sure to be a hit with foodies. They are delicious and filling, making you want to eat more. This Mexican dish is enjoyed best when served hot. However, you can taste its authentic flavors and ingredients if eaten immediately. Or, as we discussed in this post, you can reheat tacos to keep their authentic flavors.

Most taco lovers love to buy double quantities so that they can enjoy them later. But cold tacos don’t retain their actual taste like the hot ones. So what can you do? Well, you can reheat tacos and enjoy them anytime you want. But to have their actual taste back, there are some particular ways of reheating the tacos. You will find them out throughout the blog. 

What are tacos?

How to reheat tacos

Tacos are a famous Mexican dish. They contain heated or lightly fried corn tortillas and different fish or meat. Other flavors include tomato, onions, lettuce, cheese, salsa, pico de gallo, etc. The filling is put inside the tortillas with flavoring ingredients and served hot!

How to reheat tacos?

Now let’s come to the central question: how to reheat tacos? Well, there are multiple ways of reheating this mouth-watering Mexican dish. Want to find them out? Here they are- 

If you reheat tacos along with the filling, you won’t get the best results. The heating type also varies depending on the taco shells. Softshell tacos taste best when reheated in a grill wrapped in aluminum foil, and hardshell tacos taste best when reheated in an oven. 

The proper way to do the job is to heat all ingredients separately. Separating components is essential to retain the crispness of fresh ingredients like tomato, lettuce, onion, etc. Heating them all together will make the tacos soggy and not tasty at all.

Now let’s check the reheating procedure one by one. 

Step 1

First, you’ve to separate the ingredients, which need no heating. Heating them would rather spoil their taste. These ingredients are tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and other vegetables. Additional fillings like cheese and sour cream should also be separated. 

Step 2 

Now it’s time to separate the meats. Meat filling should be reheated separately to bring out their best taste. Heating meat with taco shells will ruin the shell’s crispiness and make them soggy. 

Step 3

In this step, you will reheat taco shells. The goal is to make them as crispy as freshly made. First of all, as told earlier, you need to empty the filling. The shells must have become a bit moist from the meat and veggie filling. 

There are multiple ways of reheating taco shells. Let’s check them out one by one:

How to reheat tacos

  1. Reheating shells in the oven 

Follow these steps to reheat taco bells in the oven.

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F
  • Put the taco shells in a baking tray. If you have multiple tacos, heat them in batches. Do not place the tortillas on top of each other. 
  • Bake them for about ten minutes to make them crispy. 

      2. Reheating taco shells in the microwave

Reheating taco shells in the microwave is relatively easy. All you have to do is place the tacos on a microwavable plate and put it inside for thirty seconds. 

      3. Reheating taco shells on a pan

Another way to reheat taco shells is by heating them in a frying pan. To do this, you have to.

  • Put the pan on medium heat and sprinkle a little oil. Greasing the pan with oil will prevent the taco bells from sticking to the pan. 
  • Now place the tacos on the pan and heat them on both sides for about two minutes each. 

      4. Reheating taco shells on a grill

Grilling is another method for reheating taco shells. However, this method does not work best with hard taco shells. Heating soft tacos on the griller will give you its best taste. To heat tacos on the grill, you need to:

  • Turn the griller on
  • Wrap the tacos in aluminum foil separately. 
  • Now close the grill. It will ensure all sides are heated evenly.
  • Keep it for five to eight minutes for best results. 

Note: You can reheat the entire taco (including the filling) on the grill for soft taco shells. 

Step 4

In this step, we will reheat the main filling. Although the feeling needs to be well heated, make sure not to leave it for too long. Doing that will dry out the meat and lose its moisture completely. 

There are also multiple ways to reheat the filling, which are:

  1. Reheating it on a pan

Heating the filling on a pan is the best way to do it. For this, you have to

  • Put the pan on medium heat and put a little oil
  • Now put the meat filling and stir 
  • Cook it in the pan for about four to five minutes until it gets hot

      2. Reheating the filling in a microwave 

Heating the meat filling in a microwave is faster than the pan. For this, you need to: 

  • Put the filling in a microwavable bowl
  • Put the bowl inside for fifteen seconds
  • Take out the bowl and stir the mixture
  • Put it again for another ten seconds. It will help evenly heat the filling. 

Step 5

It’s time to assemble all the ingredients. After heating all the ingredients, you now have to put them together to their original shape. For example, take the taco shells and put the meat filling inside first. 

Next, put the cold ingredients: fresh vegetables like cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce, salsa, etc. Also, add cheese and sour cream. Now it’s time to taste. I am sure your tacos taste as divine as the freshly made ones. 

How to store tacos for later consumption?

Tacos are one dish that many people love having over and over again. It is also a staple food for most people. Additionally, when people make tacos, they love to make them in large quantities to have them later. 

Now the question is how to store tacos without them getting ruined. So, we thought, why not add the freezing tips as well. Storing tacos is a feasible option when you want something quick to grab. But not following the proper storing tips will ruin them. Well, check out the information we will mention below to freeze tacos perfectly. 

Method 1

This first method is to freeze the whole cooked taco. This freezing option is only for short duration storage and when there is only a small portion left. 

You have to take an aluminum foil and a plastic wrap over that. Now put the taco on the plastic and wrap it tightly. Next, double wrap it with the foil and place it inside the freezer. Ensure that this taco does not have any vegetables like lettuce, tomato, or onion if you don’t want to see a mushy mesh the next day. 

This freezing option is great when you have no time to make tiffin the next day. Just take the tacos from the freezer, reheat it in the oven or pan, and your lunch is sorted. 

Method 2 

This freezing method will work best with bulk quantities. 

  • First, gather the meat filling in a bowl and season it with all the ingredients. 
  • Let the filling cool down a bit. 
  • Now store the meat in airtight containers. If there is a lot of filling, store them in separate containers. 
  • Now grate the cheese and put them in Ziploc bags. This, too, will go directly into the freezer. 
  • To freeze the tortilla, put them in freezer bags and separate each other with parchment papers. 

How long can taco meat be kept in the freezer without going bad?

Depending on its cooking process, you can freeze taco meat in the freezer for up to two months. Also, cooked meat tends to have a shorter shelf life than uncooked meat. Hence, raw taco meat can last up to three months without going bad and without refrigerating. 


How to reheat tacos

Making tacos is pretty easy at home. Tacos can be the best option when you are bored of your regular food and want something different to satisfy your taste buds. Check out our special taco recipe, which is tasty and easy to make. Let’s begin- 


  • Ground meat of your choice 
  • Sliced onion 
  • Chopped chilies 
  • Chopped tomatoes 
  • Chopped coriander or cilantro
  • Half a lime
  • Chopped avocado 
  • Chopped cucumber 
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and other seasonings 
  • Tortillas or taco shells

Cooking procedure 

  1. Cook the meat with salt and other seasonings 
  2. Now heat a skillet on high flame 
  3. Coat the taco shells with extra virgin olive oil
  4. Lightly fry the taco shells or tortillas. They should get a light brown color but still, be flexible. 
  5. Put the tortillas on paper.
  6. Now put the meat filling inside the tortillas/tacos. 
  7. Top it with tomato, onion, avocado, cucumber, and lettuce. Squeeze some lime juice, add cilantro and some salt. Enjoy!


Now let’s have a look into the vegetarian taco recipe. Although there are many variations of it, we will focus on one vegetarian taco. 


  • Kidney beans (soaked for 8 hours)
  • Oil
  • Salt 
  • Chopped onions
  • Tomato pulp and tomato ketchup and diced tomatoes 
  • Garlic 
  • Spices (cumin, chili powder)
  • Vinegar
  • Grated cheese 

Cooking procedure 

  1. Soak the kidney beans and put them in a pressure cooker with one and a half cups of water and salt. Let it cook.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
  3. Add onion and garlic paste. Saute in medium flame for about one minute. 
  4. Add tomato pulp and ketchup, chili powder, salt, and cumin powder. Stir occasionally and cook for two minutes. 
  5. Now add the cooked kidney beans and let them cook for some time.
  6. Use a potato masher to mash the kidney beans and turn off the flame. 
  7. Take the tortillas and put the kidney beans mixture in it
  8. grated cheese, and voila, your Mexican veg tacos are ready!

Final lines on how to reheat tacos

This is a wrap on how to reheat tacos. Hopefully, you learned some inside tips for reheating tacos without losing their actual taste. Tacos taste the best when served hot with fresh raw ingredients. Hence, make sure you follow the tips next time you reheat them. 

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Paula Hughes

I’m Paula, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of two small boys, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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