How To Reheat Taco Bell Properly

Reheat Taco Bell

If you are a foodie who is obsessed about taco bell then you might have had one of those crazy ideas of buying the food in excess then saving some for later. However, maybe you weren’t really up for the idea of eating a cold taco bell. That is a good idea and I definitely wouldn’t blame you for that since a cold taco bell isn’t as good as a warm taco bell. However, the exciting good news is that you can actually reheat a taco bell and enjoy it the next day. So don’t be scared to buy as many taco bells as you like because you can simply reheat them the next day. This article gives a step by step guide on how you can easily reheat taco bell.

NB: the methods highlighted below can be used to reheat taco bell tacos, burritos, quesadillas and chalupas


Reheat taco bell using an oven

NB: this is the best method to use if you want your taco bell shell to retain its good texture.

You can reheat taco bell in an oven and the first step is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The next step is to take out all the cold filling from your taco bell and some of the ingredients include tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream. The whole point of removing the cold filling is because it tends to get yucky when warmed up and obviously no one would love to eat heated lettuce.  The next step is to put the main ingredients like meat and beans in a separate bowl since these need to be reheated, it’s not appropriate to eat them whilst cold. When you have removed as much cold filling as you can, wrap the taco bell that doesn’t have any filling to it with aluminium foil and place it in an oven safe dish. Pop the oven safe dish into the oven and reheat the taco bell for 15 to 20 minutes until it has completely reheated. While the taco bell shells will be reheating you can then add the meat and beans into a pan and reheat them on a stove or microwave until they are warm enough to eat. The last step is to take the taco bell shells out of the oven and remove the aluminium foil then you can put back the fillings and enjoy your taco bell.

Reheat Taco Bell On A Grill

NB: this method is only ideal for reheating Taco Bell Tacos.

When using the grill to reheat Taco Bell tacos, the first thing you need to do is to remove all the cold ingredients and place them in a separate bowl. You can leave beans and the meat on the taco as they can be reheated on the grill together with the taco shell. The next thing is to wrap the tacos in aluminum foil. This will help to ensure that heat gets trapped inside the tacos and they heat up faster. Place the wrapped tacos on the grill and close the lid of your grill. Set your drill to high heat and let the Taco Bell tacos reheat for about 5 to 8 minutes. Once they are ready, remove them from the grill and insert all the cold ingredients before serving.

Reheat taco bell using a stove

NB: this method requires one to keep a close eye on the pan so as to prevent the taco bell from burning.

A taco bell can be reheated using a stove and the first thing to do is to remove all the fresh produce like lettuce, tomatoes and onions from the taco bell.  It is also important to remove all the toppings like grated cheese, sour cream and guacamole since they turn yucky when reheated. The main ingredients like meat or beans should be removed and reheated in a separate pan. When you have separated all the ingredients, take a non-stick pan or skillet than place it on a stove that is turned on to medium heat. Spray non-stick oil to the pan so that the taco bells do not stick to the surface of the pan. Add the taco bell shell to the pan and allow it to reheat on one side before flipping it over. If you like you can also close the pan with a lid so that the heat can really circulate around the taco bell, so that it can really warm up. It is important to make sure that you do not burn the taco bell shell since it is kind of fragile. When the taco bell shells are ready you can reheat the main ingredients like meat and beans in the pan so as to remove any unwanted bacteria. When it has reheated completely and you are satisfied you can then put back the filling and enjoy your taco bell meal.

Reheat Taco Bell In Toaster Oven

NB: the element of a toaster oven is usually very close so always keep an eye on your Taco Bell so that it doesn’t burn.

A toaster oven can also be used to reheat Taco Bell. All you have to do is to remove all the cold filling which is usually made up of ingredients like lettuce, sour cream and tomatoes. Once you have successfully removed all the cold filling you should preheat your toaster oven to about 350F. While the toaster oven heats up, wrap your Taco bell in aluminum foil and place it in a baking tray or baking dish. Place the Taco Bell in the toaster oven and let it reheat for about 5 minutes. Once it has heated up, remove it from the toaster oven and then put back all the cold filling. You can then serve it and enjoy.

Reheat taco bell using a microwave

NB: this is the fastest method but it does not produce satisfactory results since the taco bell can become soggy. It is only recommended to use this method when you are in a hurry.

You can reheat taco bell using a microwave if you are in a hurry. The first step will be to take out all the cold filling out of the taco bell shell. The next step will be to find a microwave safe dish or bowl then place the taco bell shells in there.  If you do not want your taco bells to come out too soggy you can place a wet paper towel or wet paper cloth on top of the microwave safe bowl so that the heat from the microwave does not drain out the moisture from the taco bells but from the wet cloth.  Heat up the taco bells for about 30 seconds if they are still cold you can reheat them again. You can also reheat the meat or any ingredients that need reheating in a separate bowl in the microwave. When they are warm enough you can place back the cold filling and enjoy your taco bell.

The Best Method For Reheating Taco Bell

While a variety of kitchen appliances can be used to reheat Taco Bell, the most recommended method is that of using an oven. This is because the oven regulates a steady amount of heat. Furthermore, it’s big enough to reheat a large number of Taco Bells. If the oven is not at your disposal you can then opt to use a toaster oven. However you need to keep in mind that the element of a toaster oven will be closer to your baking dish and as a result, your Taco Bell might heat up faster than usually. Therefore, you need to constantly check it so that it does not burn.

Tips For Reheating Taco Bell

While most of the methods might seem easy, there are still a few tips you need to follow in order to ensure that your Taco Bell retains its texture and flavor.

  • If you plan on reheating your Taco Bell the next day, it’s wiser to separate the filling from the tacos or burrito. This helps to ensure that the filling does not soak into your taco shells and burritos.
  • Use separate containers to store wet ingredients and from the shells.
  • You should always reheat the meat. This is because, when meat is exposed to cold temperatures, it has the potential of getting infected by bacteria. So in order to kill the bacteria, you have to heat up the meat.
  • Avoid reheating Taco Bell that has been sitting in the fridge for more than 2 days as there is a chance that it might have turned bad.

Advantages Of Reheating Taco Bell

  • It’s a good way of saving food.
  • It saves you time since you won’t have to cook a new meal.
  • Reheating food kills some unwanted bacteria’s.

Disadvantages of Reheating Taco Bell

  • There is a chance that Taco Bell will lose its original texture and flavor.
  • Reheating Taco Bell can be time consuming considering you have to separate the cold filling from the meat and beans.

Can You Refrigerate And Reheat Taco Bell?

Yes, you can refrigerate and reheat Taco Bell. When refrigerating Taco Bell, the first thing you need to do is to separate the filling from the taco or burrito. This will help to ensure that the moisture from the cold filling does not get soaked up in the taco or burrito. Once you have separated them, you should store the filling and shells in 2 different air tight containers. Place them in the refrigerator and reheat them within 2 days. You can reheat Taco Bell using any of the methods indicated in this article but the most recommended one is the oven method.

Can You Eat Leftover Taco Bell?

Yes, you can definitely eat leftover Taco Bell. However, you need to ensure that it is not older than 2 days. This is because Taco Bell is only supposed to be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 2 days. When eating leftover Taco Bell also ensure that you reheat it especially if it contains meat as one of its ingredients. This is because meat is susceptible to bacteria when exposed to cold temperatures and the only way to deal with this is to reheat the meat to get rid of the bacteria.

How Do You Reheat Takeout Tacos?

Takeout tacos can be reheated using an oven, a stove, a microwave or on the grill. You can follow some of the steps indicated in this article. It’s important to know that takeout tacos should only be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days, after that, they will start to turn bad.

How To Save Taco Bell For Next Day?

Suppose you have made a big order from Taco Bell and you simply cannot finish it. The best way to save your Taco Bell for the next day is to place it in the refrigerator. In order to prevent it from turning soggy it’s important that you separate the filling from the shells.


There are various ways in which Taco Bell can be reheated. It is important to remember that Taco Bell can be only stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 2 days. Storing it longer than that increases its chances of developing bacteria and ultimately turning bad. This article has highlighted that taco bells can actually be stored and reheated the next day, so if you are fan of them you can actually do that. The various methods of reheating a taco bell include putting it in an oven and this happens to be the most efficient way since the taco bell shells are more likely to remain crispy. The stove method can also be used when reheating taco bells but this method requires one to babysit the pan so that the taco bell shell doesn’t burn. The last method that was noted is that of using a microwave but it should be the last option that one resorts to since it doesn’t really leave the taco shell crispy. It is worth noting that when reheating taco bells the fillings should be removed and reheated separately.

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