Have you ever found yourself staring at a plate of leftover enchiladas, wondering how to revive their deliciousness without ending up with a soggy mess? Well, fret no more because I've got a sizzling hot secret to share with you – the magical world of reheating enchiladas in an air fryer!
Reheating Enchiladas In An Air Fryer
Yes, you heard that right – that trendy little countertop contraption that's been cooking up a storm in kitchens everywhere is perfect for bringing those delicious enchiladas back to life.
If you're craving that cheesy, saucy goodness without losing the crispy charm, then use this as your step-by-step guide. So, let's buckle up and embark on a flavor-packed journey of giving a delicious meal a second chance to shine!
What’s Typically In An Enchilada?
Enchiladas are tortillas (either flour tortillas, corn tortillas or specialty tortillas) that are usually filled with a combination of ground beef, chicken or vegetables, refried beans or black beans, and cheese. If you enjoy homemade enchiladas check out my Gluten-Free Enchiladas (made with red enchilada sauce) or my Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas (made with green enchilada sauce). The enchiladas ingredients are totally customizable; you can swap out the chicken for ground beef; you can omit the beans, or make a vegetarian version with only beans and cheese. Both of these are easy recipes that don't take much time and the whole family will be sure to enjoy.
How To Reheat Enchiladas In An Air Fryer
Reheating enchiladas in an air fryer is quite easy! Just follow these simple steps below and be prepared to enjoy a fiesta in your mouth.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees f (175 C).
- While your air fryer is preheating, take out your leftover enchiladas from the fridge. If they're still in the baking dish, transfer them to a foil-lined tray.
- Place enchiladas in the air fryer (lay down a piece of parchment paper if you are going to cover the enchiladas with more sauce), however, be sure not to overcrowd them! You want to ensure they have some space to breathe and allow the hot air to circulate evenly. If you have a lot of leftovers, I recommend reheating them in batches.
- Once your air fryer is preheated and the enchiladas are comfortably arranged, it's go time! The cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer and the thickness of the enchiladas. Start with around 5 minutes and then check them. If they need more time, flip them over and give them another 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don't overcook.
- Once your enchiladas are warmed through, you can add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
How To Reheat Enchiladas
Don't have an air fryer? No problemo! While I think reheating enchiladas in the air fryers is the best method, if you don’t have an air fryer here are a few different methods for reviving those delicious enchiladas leftovers.
The good old oven is here to save the day (you can also use a toaster oven). Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place your enchiladas on a baking sheet or in an oven-safe dish, and cover them with aluminum foil. For best results, you will want to reheat them for 15 - 20 minutes or until they are heated all the way through.
Now, if you're looking for a quick method grab your trusty skillet, as it's a great option for reheating enchiladas! I personally like using my cast iron skillet to reheat enchiladas. All you need to do is heat your skillet over medium heat and spray the skillet with a little bit of olive oil or avocado oil.
Next, lay your enchiladas flat on the pan and let them reheat on each side for a couple of minutes. This method brings the added bonus of a lightly crisp tortilla, giving your taste buds a little extra love. It's quick, easy, and perfect for when you are short on time.
Tips And Tricks For Reheating Enchiladas
Extra Sauce: Whether using the air fryer, oven, or skillet, to reheat your enchiladas, add a splash of remaining enchilada sauce before reheating. This little trick will keep them from drying out and is a great way to infuse each bite with that mouthwatering flavor you crave!
Extra Crispy: Say goodbye to soggy enchiladas! If you're reheating your enchiladas and want that crispy texture, lightly spray some olive oil or avocado oil on them before placing them in the air fryer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Should I Heat Enchiladas In An Air Fryer?
Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place them in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are in a single layer. Add some extra enchilada sauce on top to prevent them from drying out. Air fry them for 3-5 minutes or until they are heated through and crispy.
How Do You Prevent Enchiladas From Getting Soggy?
To prevent your enchiladas from tearing or becoming soggy, heat each tortilla in a skillet over medium-high heat with a little olive oil for about 10 seconds on each side, until pliable, yet slightly crispy. This will help the tortilla from absorbing too much sauce, which is what can make enchiladas soggy.
What Are Enchiladas Usually Topped With?
Enchiladas are typically filled with chicken, beef, cheese, veggies, beans, or tofu and can be topped with any of the following:
- Sour Cream or Greek yogurt
- Pickled Red Onion
- Fresh Cilantro
- Green Onions
- Green Chilies
- Squeeze Of Lime Juice
What Is The Best Way To Store Enchiladas?
Once the enchiladas come to room temperature, you can store leftovers in an airtight container, or store them in a baking dish that is covered with plastic wrap. They will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
There you have it, friends! Reheating enchiladas in the air fryer is a game-changer – it's quick, easy, and retains delicious flavors and textures. So, the next time you have some leftover enchiladas, don't hesitate to use the help of an air fryer and bring those babies back to life.
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