How to Reheat Chili Cheese Fries in Less Than 5 Minutes

How to Reheat Chili Cheese Fries in Less Than 5 Minutes

If you have a habit of throwing away your leftover chili cheese fries because you don’t know how to reheat them, jump on the bandwagon. I was in your place a few months back. And, as hard as it was to just throw away those leftover fries, I knew that I couldn’t eat those stale fries the next day, especially when they are cold.

That was when I got to researching more about the various reheating methods and came across a few that caught my attention. So, naturally, I had to give them a try and let me tell you that I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Once I knew I had mastered a few of the effective ways of reheating these fries, I knew I had to share them with you as well. So, let me walk you through a few of them.

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Methods to Reheat Chili Cheese Fries

Are you craving some chili cheese fries right now, but don’t have time to heat them up? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. We’ll show you how to reheat chili cheese fries in five minutes or less!

#1 Using a Stove

Reheat Chili Cheese Fries

As unconventional as it sounds, reheating your leftover chili cheese fries on a stove works wonders. However, if you don’t want your fries to become soggy, remove the toppings and reheat them separately in a microwave then reheat the fries in the skillet. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Take a cast-iron skillet and place it on the flame on medium to high heat.
  • To the skillet, add 1-2 tbsp of oil, depending on the amount of fries that you want to reheat. So, if you are reheating a few handfuls of fries, you might have to add a few more spoonfuls of oil.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, throw in the french fries and spread it out on the skillet.
  • Reduce the flame to medium heat to allow it to crisp up from the outside.
  • Let the fries reheat for 2-4 minutes, moving them around the skillet to prevent them from sticking to the bottom.
  • Once done, take them out of the skillet and spread them out on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil from the french fries.
  • Following that, you can then rearrange the fries and the leftover reheated chili cheese spread on top of the reheated fries.

#2 Using an Oven

It goes without saying that the oven is the best kitchen appliance when it comes to reheating your leftover food. The process is a little time-consuming, no doubt about that, but the final results are extremely rewarding. 

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the meantime, pull out the leftover chili cheese fries from the fridge and let them thaw at room temperature.
  • Take a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil and dump the fries on the lined sheet.
  • Spread the fries on the baking sheet in a single layer to ensure even reheating.
  • Bake the fries in the oven for 3-4 minutes at 350-450 degrees Fahrenheit, take them out, and stir around.
  • Reheat them again for 2 minutes then take them out of the oven.
Methods to Reheat Chili Cheese Fries

#3 Using an Air Fryer

If you aren’t in the mood to again refry your leftover fries or don’t have enough time to wait, an air fryer is a quick and effective method of reheating. However, ensure that you remove the toppings and reheat them separately in a skillet or microwave and only reheat the fries in the air fryer.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Plug in the air fryer to the outlet and preheat it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once done, you can pull out the air fryer’s basket and line it with a baking sheet to avoid making a greasy mess.
  • To that, add the fries and spread them out evenly to ensure uniform reheating of the fries.
  • Reheat the fries for 3-4 minutes, depending on how many fries you have inside the basket.
  • Halfway through the reheating process, you can pull out the basket and shake the fries to ensure they reheat from all sides.
  • Once they are done reheating, you can spread them out on a paper towel to soak up the excess grease.
  • Add the toppings and enjoy your chili cheese fries.

#4 Using a Microwave

We all have those days where we are in such a rush that the only thing to eat for lunch is chili cheese fries. The problem with this dish? It takes too long to reheat them, and they don’t taste as good anymore when it’s been sitting somewhere for too long.

So how can you enjoy these tasty treats without going through the trouble of actually cooking them again from scratch just so they’ll be warm enough? Easy! Use a microwave!

  • All you have to do is transfer the leftover chili cheese fries into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Once done, you can then chuck the bowl into the microwave and reheat the fries for 45 seconds to a minute.
  • If the insides are still cold and the cheese isn’t melted on top, you can reheat it again for 30 seconds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Best way to reheat chili cheese fries

What is the best way to reheat chili cheese fries?

This can be accomplished using an oven, air fryer, microwave, or even just tossing them into a hot pan. Just make sure that you know the step by step process before you go ahead with it!

How do you reheat chili cheesy fries in the oven?

Put them on a cookie sheet and then bake at 350-450 degrees for about 4-5 minutes. To simple? Scroll up to see detailed instructions.

How do you reheat fries to make them crispy?

There are a few ways to make fries crispy. One way is by putting them in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds, depending on how many you have and your microwave’s power. Other options would be frying at 350 degrees Fahrenheit using an air fryer until they reach desired crispiness level, use a stove to reheat them for about 2-4 minutes, or you can use your trusty oven to bake them again.


In less than 5 minutes, you can enjoy your favorite chili cheese fries again. The next time you are craving some of these amazing treats, try any of these quick and easy reheating methods to get that same taste from the restaurant without all the hassle. You may never go back to eating them any other way!


How to Reheat Chili Cheese Fries
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