Despite being overshadowed by tacos and burritos, Fajitas is one Mexican dish that I personally enjoy. The spicy meat combination with vegetables like onions and bell peppers make for a wholesome meal without the guilt of eating too much or regretting it later on in life. So, when left with extras after making them, they’re not just going to go stale!
Fajitas are versatile, whether they’re eaten for brunch or dinner. Still, the worst way to eat them is cold! The tortilla crisps and hardens when it’s left out overnight – NOT exactly appetizing.
So, when it’s time to make your fajitas, what’s a better way than with a new, fresh reheating method?!
After trying a few different reheating methods, it’s safe to declare that these three methods seem the best. We’ll just have to see which one you like best!
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What are Fajitas?
For the confused souls reading this, fajitas are a blend of meat and vegetables cut into strips and then stir-fried in some oil with a range of traditional Mexican spices. It can either be eaten with a side of steamed rice or eaten inside a tortilla as a wrap.
Since fajitas are often served in tacos or tortillas with green vegetables and cold condiments, reheating the leftovers becomes a lot trickier.
Methods to Reheat Fajitas
If you have leftover fajitas, always ensure that you reheat the meat and vegetables separately and the taco shell individually. This is especially important if the leftovers are from a restaurant since they come with the taco shell’s cold toppings.
Here are a few different reheating methods that you can try for your fajitas.
#1 On the Stovetop
One of the most convenient methods of reheating fajitas is on the stovetop. It restores the natural freshness and crispiness of the meat or vegetables that you had sauteed earlier. If you’re making shrimp-based fajitas, add them in last so they can maintain their juicy flavors!
#2 In the Microwave
If you have very little time in your hands, microwaving your fajitas mixture is one of the best ways to go. However, reheating the fajitas in the microwave releases a lot of oil in the pan, especially from the meat and the vegetables. No worries though, just strain or dab any excess oil from your dish and you’ll be good to go!
#3 In the Oven
Reheating the fajitas in the oven helps restore the traditional sizzle to the dish that you tasted when it came fresh out of the pan. However, the reheating process is a little time-consuming in the oven, which means that you’d have to wait it out with patience.
Here’s what you can do:
What to Avoid When Reheating Fajitas?
Fajitas has a pretty robust flavor and contains a mixture of tastes and textures, which means that the reheating process needs to be done cautiously. The reheating process depends on whether you just have the fajitas mixture or the same stuffed inside a tortilla or taco with the cold toppings.
If it is the latter case, ensure that you avoid reheating the fajitas with the cold toppings because the lettuce and the sour cream will wilt and affect the taste of the dish. Instead, remove the cold toppings and reheat the meat and vegetable mixture separately and then reassemble your tacos for that fresh taste and flavor.
How to Store Leftover Fajitas?
While it’s not recommended to freeze your restaurant’s leftover fajitas for more than a day or two, you can freeze and store the homemade leftover fajitas for a little longer. However, the storage process is extremely crucial to follow.
Improper storage can spoil the fajitas and affect the taste of the dish as well.
Here’s what you can do for safe storage:
There are various methods of reheating leftover fajitas. All you have to do is find the best way for you and stick to the same. Keep in mind that you should finish up the leftovers in 3-4 days and not wait for more since prolonged refrigeration makes the meat dry, and the vegetables lose their taste and crunch.