How To Reheat Quesadilla

A great quesadilla should never go to waste. The combination of floury tortilla, melted cheese, and other meaty filling is incredibly special. And no one wants to throw away that sort of delicious cheesy goodness.

So the question we’re going to answer today is how to reheat a quesadilla if you have leftovers. 

There are various ways to reheat quesadillas. You could reheat the quesadillas in the air fryer, toaster, or oven. You could also reheat them in a frying pan, deep fryer, or microwave. Of these methods, the frying pan is the most successful in restoring crispness, retaining moistness, and melting.

We’re going to look at each method in detail so that you know what to do to make sure that your leftovers don’t go to waste and that you get to enjoy every last bite of your quesadilla. 

How To Reheat Quesadillas In The Microwave

We’ll start with the fastest method – the microwave. The microwave is a staple in almost every kitchen for its convenience – being able to defrost and reheat meals in seconds. So you would imagine the good old microwave is the perfect appliance to reheat your leftover quesadilla. 

The good news is that this method is quick – you’ll have a warm leftover in a matter of seconds. But what you won’t have is any of that incredible crispness that you want in a quesadilla. This is because the microwave doesn’t circulate air in the same way that ovens do. 

If you’re super hungry and willing to forgo the crispiness, then go right ahead. Sometimes speed is all you need. 

The Method

Put the quesadilla on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a damp paper towel. Microwave the quesadilla on full power for 30 seconds, and then check to see if it’s warm enough. 

If you need to heat it any further, warm it for just 10 seconds at a time until the filling is hot and steamy. Eat quickly because the tortilla will go from soft to very chewy as it cools. 

How To Reheat Quesadillas In The Air Fryer

These days, the air fryer is everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance, and for a good reason. It’s a quick, efficient, and healthier option. And any food that is cooked in the air fryer comes out crispy and delicious every time.

All of these factors make it a fantastic way to reheat your leftover quesadillas. 

It’s undoubtedly one of our favorite methods for the crunchiest results. Heat is distributed evenly in the air fryer, which assists in even heating and adds to the crunch factor. 

The Method 

Set your air fryer to 350ºF. Some air fryers require preheating, but others don’t – so preheat if necessary. 

Lay the quesadillas in the air fryer basket in a single layer. If you stack them, they won’t crisp up evenly. 

Heat for 2-5 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the cheese is melty and the tortillas are crisp. They heat up quickly in the air fryer, so check regularly to ensure they don’t burn.

Reheating Quesadillas In The Toaster

If you want to use your toaster to warm up your leftover quesadillas, you’re going to need to use a toaster pocket or improvise with a sheet of parchment paper. This is so the cheese doesn’t ooze out. 

This is certainly a quick, convenient, and effective method if you have a toaster pocket. The tortilla will be pretty crunchy, and the cheese will be oozy and the filling warm. 

The Method 

Pop the quesadilla in the toaster pocket, and off you go. 

How To Reheat The Quesadilla In The Oven

Now onto the most time-consuming method – the oven. Although time-consuming, it is practical, with results very similar to the air fryer. 

The Method

Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Ideally, place your quesadillas straight onto the rack so that as they warm up, they don’t sit in any juices that escape, leaving you with a soggy-bottomed quesadilla. 

The quesadilla will take 10-15 minutes to warm through. Turn them regularly for the best, most even results. 

How To Reheat Quesadillas In A Frying Pan

Reheating a quesadilla in a skillet or frying pan is an excellent method. It is relatively easy to monitor and adjust the temperature to ensure that the quesadilla gets crispy but doesn’t burn. 

The Method

Preheat a little oil in a skillet over medium heat. You will need just enough to coat the surface.

Place the leftover quesadilla in the frying pan and heat for about a minute before turning and heating for a minute on the other side.

Remove the quesadilla from the frying pan and allow it to sit for a minute before tucking in. 

Place a lid on the skillet while heating the quesadilla for a softer tortilla. This effectively “steams” the quesadilla. 

Most quesadilla connoisseurs agree this is the most effective way to reheat a quesadilla. It retains most of its moisture, the cheese melts well, and the tortillas crisp up beautifully. 

How To Reheat Quesadillas In The Deep Fryer

Another option to reheat your leftover quesadilla is in your deep fryer. You need to heat your oil to around 350ºF before frying. The oil temperature is essential – if it is not hot enough, the tortillas will soak up loads of oil. 

The Method

Pop the quesadilla in the hot oil for 30 – 60 seconds. Then, remove the quesadilla from the deep fryer and place it on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. 

The deep fryer method does a decent job. But the quesadilla doesn’t become significantly crispier in the deep fryer, so while it works, it’s probably not the best way to reheat your quesadillas. 


Now you have a very comprehensive guide to ensuring that your quesadillas don’t go to waste.

Each of the methods we discussed has its pros and cons.

The air fryer and the frying pan are our personal favorites, but your taste will be the ultimate deciding factor in how to reheat this delicious Mexican dish. Whatever you do, enjoy, or as they say in Mexico, “Buen Provecho.”