There may be nothing worse than when you bring home leftovers from your favorite Mexican restaurant, toss them into the fridge, and when you go to reheat them the next day, the tortilla is either chewy and stale or mushy and soggy, chicken or beef is dry, and the chips aren’t crunchy. We understand how deep the disappointment can be, so Tortilla Flats has come up with a variety of clever ways you can reheat and transform your leftover Mexican food. Our restaurant in Santa Fe strives to serve up delicious and authentic dishes that you can come back to again and again. And even the next morning for breakfast.
Just the thought of devouring a plate of enchiladas makes us happy, but reheating them often turns your favorite Mexican dish into a messy plate of tortilla and fillings. The key is to heat up the fillings without overcooking the tortilla leaving it chewy. An easy and effective way to achieve this is to put the enchiladas in the microwave for about 30 seconds, just long enough to start warming up the insides and to soften the tortilla. Next, cover the enchiladas with some tinfoil and slide them into the toaster oven at 300 degrees. This will slowly continue warming up the filling and the tinfoil will protect the tortilla.
Whatever dish you ordered at our Mexican restaurant, reheating it can be a challenge without drying out the chicken, beef, or pork. And let’s face it, dried out pork isn’t very appealing, even when it is covered with authentic chile sauce. There are several options that are all easy and will give you a plate of leftovers that are nearly as good as the first time. Whether you ordered up some tacos, shrimp enchiladas, or a beef brisket burrito, try wrapping the dish in foil and letting it warm up slowly in the oven. Another option is to use the microwave, but there is a very important step with this option. Before powering on the microwave, get a paper towel damp with warm water, squeeze out any excess water, and wrap the food with the towel. The steam from the water will warm up the meat and protect any juices from getting zapped dry.
Make a Fresh Breakfast
If you want to try something different with your leftovers, try making something completely new. If you have an egg and an extra tortilla around the house, you can quickly turn your leftovers into a delicious breakfast scramble. In a saute pan, add the leftovers to warm them up. Then, scramble in a couple of eggs. Complete the meal by wrapping it in a warmed tortilla. You can even ask our Mexican restaurant for a side of our famous red or green chile sauce to take home with you and you can make your own smothered breakfast burrito. This works great with our chicken and potato burrito or stuffed sopapilla.
What to do With Chips?
Are you thinking about just tossing leftover tortilla chips? Stale chips may sound like they are irreparable, but give them about 30 seconds in the microwave to remove any moisture and you’ll have the perfect side to your leftovers.
Our Mexican restaurant wants you to get the most of our authentic food, whether that’s reheating in the oven or coming up with your own creation. Come in to Tortilla Flats tonight to enjoy fresh ingredients and delicious Mexican food in Santa Fe.