Let's Make It Again — How to Reheat Jack in the Box Tacos

by Amy

June 8, 2021

How do you reheat Jack in the Box tacos?

This is a question that many people ask themselves when they are trying to salvage leftovers.

When it comes to tacos, there are many ways that you can reheat them without compromising their flavor or texture.

In this blog post, we will be discussing different methods for reheating your leftover tacos!

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Methods to Reheat Jack in the Box Tacos

Before proceeding, keep in mind that reheating the leftover Jack in the Box tacos just the way they came will leave you soggy and messy leftovers. So, the best way to reheat them is to separate the cold ingredients and fill from the taco shell and reheat them separately. This way, you get a crisp and fresh taco and reheated filling that you can stuff back again into the hard shell.

Reheating the Taco Shell

reheated taco shells with filling

Jack in the box offers a variety of delicious foods. One thing they do well is their hard-shell U-shaped tortilla shells for tacos. They are crispier than most, so you want to make sure your taco shell tastes fresh when reheating it with these few tips:

#1 Using an Oven

The most favorable option for reheating Jack in the Box tacos is by using an oven. However, it’s only recommended to do this if you have lots of leftovers — not just one or two leftover tacos. Reheating the taco in the oven ensures even and sustained reheating, which is crucial if you want your taco to smell and taste fresh, even though they are leftovers.

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit, and let the oven heat evenly.
  • Once the oven is preheating, you can take an oven-safe tray and line it with aluminum foil, and space out the tacos on the tray. Place them in a way to avoid stacking.
  • Bake the tacos for 8-10 minutes (or more), depending on how crispy you want them to be.

#2 Using a Microwave

It’s not the most creative option, but microwaving your Jack in the Box tacos is by far the easiest!

  • Start by taking the taco shells and place them on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Line them up in a way to avoid stacking them on top of the other.
  • Microwave them for 30-40 seconds, depending on how fast they reheat or how many shells you have.

#3 Using a Skillet

Reheating taco shells takes a lot of patience. You need to stand there in front of the skillet, being extremely vigilant and ensuring that your tacos don’t burn from either side – but if you can’t use an oven or microwave then it’s really your only option left.

  • Place a skillet over medium flame kitchen hob and place your leftover tacos on them.
  • If you want to add a toasted flavor, you can also brush some oil on the pan.
  • Once the oil heats up, add the taco shells and let them reheat for 1-2 minutes, ensuring that you keep an eye out on them as they reheat.
  • You need to reheat them for 1-2 minutes on each side till the outside becomes a light golden brown color.

How to Reheat the Filling and Cold Toppings?

You might want to think twice about throwing away your leftover Jack in the Box tacos. The toppings can be thrown out, but I recommend saving the filling and reheating it for a new meal. You’ll absolutely have no regrets if you just use fresh cold toppings!

tacos with filling and lots of cold toppings

Here’s how you can reheat the filling:

  • Start by taking a pan and let it heat over medium flame for a few seconds.
  • Add 1 tsp of oil to the oil and let it heat up substantially.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, you can throw your leftover filling in the pan and toss it around the pan to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
  • Cook the meat for 2-3 minutes till it’s reheated and has a crispy edge to the sides.

In case you want to quicken the process, you can always use a microwave to reheat your filling.

How to Reassemble the Jack in the Box Tacos?

ingredients of jack in the box tacos with fresh cold toppings

The Jack in the Box Tacos are a delectable treat, but they can quickly be turned into another mess. So here is how you can reassemble your tacos so you won’t have any more taco trouble!

  • Take one tortilla and fill it with jack-in-the box meat.
  • Place lettuce over top of the filling and then add cheese.
  • You can also add your choice of cold toppings.
  • Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all ingredients are used.
  • Add salsa as desired before taking a bite. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to reheat the jack in the box tacos as a whole?

There’s nothing unsafe about the process. However, it is not the most favorable thing to do. Reheating the entire thing with the cold toppings will leave the taco soggy and tasting very stale, which is the last thing you want.

How long can I store the jack in the box tacos in the fridge for?

If you have leftovers, don’t store them for more than a day. Keeping it for over a day will make the taco extremely soggy, especially with the cold ingredients left inside the taco.

Can you eat jack in the box tacos without reheating?

The main purpose of reheating the leftover tacos is to restore the crunchiness and freshness of the taco. So, if you are eating them without reheating, the chances are that the tacos will feel soggy and wilted. But, each to their own, I guess.

Conclusion

If you expect your leftover Jack in the Box tacos to feel like freshly made tacos, you are mistaken. However, there is no point buying your favorite tacos and then wasting them away just because there are leftovers and you don’t know how to reheat them. Just follow the methods mentioned above, and you should be good to go.

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Let's Make It Again — How to Reheat Jack in the Box Tacos

About the author 

Amy

Hey! I'm Amy, the founder of FoodLve.com. Well, we all love food and I want to heighten your understanding of it! I started working about 8 years ago and realized that there is so so much to learn about food. Since then I haven't stopped. My motto is to "never stop learning."

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