Flautas are a delicacy often served with various condiments and toppings. If you have been to Mexico, you understand why flautas are so popular. This food is best served hot and crispy, yet most people don’t know how to reheat its leftovers.
You can reheat Flautas in an oven, microwave, toaster oven, stovetop, and air fryer. Many find it hard to reheat this food, especially when stored in the fridge. It is easy for the tortillas to get mushy, but this only happens if you fail to thaw it before reheating. The best way to keep the tortilla wrapping crisp is to use an oven, toaster oven or skillet on the stovetop
Flautas are pretty easy to make at home. This article is focused on reheating them. So if you want to know how to attain a crispy outcome, read on!
How to Reheat Flautas in an Oven
Reheating leftover food in an oven is convenient because it eliminates bacterial hazards, hence minimizing food-borne illnesses. Under sufficient temperatures, your leftover flautas will achieve their original texture and taste. Here is how to get it going:
- Preheat your oven to a temperature of 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes
- Line an oven-safe tray with aluminum foil.
- Put the flautas in the tray. Ensure they do not overlay each other, so they all retain heat.
- Warm them for 5 to 7 minutes. Then flip them over and repeat.
- Check to see if they are evenly heated.
- Remove them from the oven and leave them on the counter for 5 minutes to cool.
How to Reheat Flautas in a Microwave
If you want a fast way to reheat your flautas, microwaving is your best option. However, be careful since, under the wrong temperature, the flautas might become hard and unpalatable.
- Place the flautas on a microwave-safe dish.
- Cover them with plastic wrap or another bowl.
- Microwave them for 2 or 3 minutes, and if not properly heated, you can warm them a little more.
- When ready, serve with vegetable or fruit salad and enjoy.
How to Reheat Flautas in a Toaster Oven
Your toaster oven may not reheat your flautas as quickly as a microwave, yet it is faster than a traditional oven. This reheating option is perfect for crispy food, unlike microwaves which turn foods soggy. To reheat your leftover flautas in a toaster oven:
- Preheat the appliance to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Evenly arrange your flautas on a microwave-safe dish. You can choose to cover them or not but covering makes them heat evenly.
- Place the flautas in the toaster oven and reheat for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remember, too much heating can alter the texture and taste of your food.
- Remove the flautas from the oven, and let them cool.
How to Reheat Flautas over A Stovetop
If you do not have many kitchen gadgets, a stovetop will do the job perfectly. It is the best medium, given you can prevent overheating by frequently flipping the flautas and controlling the heat.
- Place a nonstick pan over the stovetop and warm it for 2 minutes.
- If you prefer, add a little oil, though I wouldn’t recommend it because your flautas might turn out dry or burned.
- Place the flautas in the pan and let them heat for 2 or 3 minutes before turning them over.
- Remove them from the pan, serve and add some shredded cheese or onion fillings.
How to Reheat Flautas in an Air Fryer
Using an air fryer is an exemplary way to instantly obtain evenly reheated, golden brown, and crispy flautas. With this medium, you do not need to thaw frozen flautas – you can warm them as they are. Even so, you must control the reheating temperatures to avoid burning the food. Here is how to go about it:
- Preheat the fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the flautas in the air fryer basket; do not lay one on top of the other unless you want unevenly warmed food.
- Set the timer to 3 or 4 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy the hot and tasty flautas.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do Leftover Flautas Last?
Leftover Flautas can last a maximum of three days if well stored in the fridge. You should put them in a clean and tightly sealed container and label them using the storage date. Before reheating the food, remember to thaw first unless using an air fryer.
Is it Safe to Eat Frozen Flautas?
As much as you can choose to eat cold flautas, this act is greatly discouraged by the USDA. When you store food in the fridge, it is not 100% free from bacteria. It is safer to reheat frozen food to minimize cases of gastrointestinal disorders.