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Exactly How To Reheat A Burrito – I Test 6 Methods [Pics]

I love burritos – they make the perfect Mexican lunch. 

The only problem is finding a way to reheat them that doesn’t leave you with a big, sloppy mess.

I experimented with several different reheating methods to find the one that delivered tasty fillings and a soft (but not soggy) tortilla.

I’ve also included some tips on storing and freezing your leftover burritos so they remain fresh for as long as possible.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer:

The best way to reheat a burrito is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350° (180°C). Wrap the burrito in foil and place it on a wire rack in the oven. Reheat the burrito for 15-20 minutes or until it’s piping hot throughout. Remove the foil for the last two minutes to crisp the tortilla.

A note on my experiment

I ordered a load of my favorite burritos and kept them in the fridge overnight.

The next day, I experimented with the following six reheating methods.

  • In the oven
  • In the microwave
  • In a skillet
  • In an air fryer
  • In a sandwich toaster
  • Making a chimichanga (by deep-frying)

After testing all the methods, the oven and the skillet were my favorites.

The microwave is really convenient, but the wraps didn’t have the best texture. 

The air fryer and sandwich toaster both work well (if you have them). I didn’t like the deep-frying method.

Tips for reheating burritos

  • To test if your burrito is hot all the way through, stick a sharp knife into the middle. The burrito is ready if the metal is warm to the touch when you pull it out.
  • If you know you’re going to reheat the burrito, ask for any lettuce, avocado, sour cream, or salsa to be put on the side. These cold ingredients don’t reheat well, and it’s a hassle to have to unwrap the burrito to take them out. 
  • Some sources online suggest reheating the burrito unwrapped. I tried this and don’t recommend it! The tortilla became quite hard and didn’t re-wrap well, so I ended up eating the burrito with a knife and fork.

Reheating burritos in the oven

Preheat the oven to 350° (180°C). Wrap the burrito in foil and place it on a wire rack in the oven. This ensures the burrito heats evenly. Bake the burrito for 15-20 minutes or until it’s heated through. Remove the foil for a few minutes at the end to crisp the tortilla.

Note: timings will vary depending on the size of your burrito, the fillings, and the type of oven you’re using. For example, toaster ovens will be quicker than conventional ovens.

How to reheat burritos in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°(180°C).
  2. Wrap the burrito in foil and place it on a wire rack in the oven. You can leave any cut ends exposed if you want.
  3. Bake the burrito for 15-20 minutes or until hot all the way through.
  4. To crisp the tortilla slightly, unwrap the foil for the last few minutes of heating.

The foil keeps the tortilla from drying out by trapping some moisture inside.

I like to use a wire rack because I find the bottom of the burrito heats up too fast with a baking tray.

If you do use a baking tray, flip the burrito halfway through heating.

If you want to speed up the process, pop the burritos into the microwave for 15 seconds before putting them in the oven (without foil!).

My verdict

The thing I love about the oven is its consistency. 

It’s a slow method, but this means very little can go wrong, as long as you don’t completely forget about the burritos. 

My burrito was lovely and warm all the way through, the filling was still moist, and the wrap was soft enough.

Reheating burritos in the microwave

Remove any foil wrapping and place the burrito on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the burrito with a damp paper towel and place it in the microwave. Heat the burrito for 60 seconds and then for 30 seconds at a time until piping hot. Let the hot burrito sit for 30 seconds before serving.

How to reheat burritos in the microwave:

  1. Remove the foil wrapping (foil and the microwave don’t mix). Make sure to check any wrapping thoroughly because sometimes the foil can be hidden.
  2. Place the burrito seam side down on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Cover the burrito with a damp paper towel (or wrap it in parchment paper).
  4. Microwave the burrito for 60 seconds and then in 30-second intervals until hot.
  5. Optional: crisp the burritos up in a toaster oven or under the grill for 1-2 minutes.
  6. When hot, remove the burritos from the microwave and allow them to sit for 30 seconds before serving.

The damp paper towel helps keep the tortilla from drying out, but don’t wrap the whole burrito in it. 

I find resting the burrito on wet paper makes the bottom soggy.

Microwave-heated tortillas tend to trap a lot of heat inside. 

Be very careful when taking your first bite, as the trapped steam could burn your mouth. The 30-second rest period helps avoid this issue. 

My verdict

Reheating burritos in the microwave is not the best option if they have more watery fillings. 

My tortilla became quite mushy as the damp filling leaked out, which wasn’t very appetizing.

However, if the fillings are all pretty dry and you’ve removed any lettuce or other water-filled toppings, then it works okay.

Reheating burritos in a skillet

Heat a little butter or oil in a skillet on medium heat (or use a non-stick skillet). Once the skillet is hot, put the burritos in and sprinkle a tablespoon of water around the pan. Cover the pan with a lid. Heat the burritos for 2-3 minutes, then flip them over and heat for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat until hot.

How to reheat burritos in a skillet:

  1. Heat a little butter or oil in a skillet on medium heat (or use a non-stick skillet).
  2. Place the burritos seam side down into the hot pan and sprinkle some water around the edges.
  3. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and let them heat for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Carefully flip the burrito over and heat for a further 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Keep flipping them until they’re hot.

Adding the water creates steam which helps to keep the wraps soft and moist. 

I use medium heat because it enables the inside of the burrito to warm up nicely before the wrap start to burn.

If you have a thick or dense burrito, I recommend microwaving it first for 30 seconds to ensure the middle heats all the way through. 

My verdict

Using the skillet to reheat my burrito was one of my favorite methods.

The pan gave the tortilla a bit of a crunch and a slightly charred flavor – and it got rid of the sogginess it had acquired in the fridge.

My only complaint is that it can be a bit tricky to keep the burrito from falling apart when you’re flipping it. 

If there are any open ends, be prepared for some of the fillings to fall out.

Reheating burritos in an air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 300°F (150°C). Put the burrito into the air fryer basket, either wrapped in foil to keep the tortilla soft or brushed with a bit of butter or oil for a crisper tortilla. Heat the burritos for 5-10 minutes or until warm in the middle.

Timings will vary on how well-stuffed the burrito is.

How to reheat burritos in an air fryer:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Put the burrito into the air fryer basket.
  3. Option 1: Wrap the burrito in foil to keep the tortilla soft.
  4. Option 2: Brush the burrito with some butter or oil for a crisper tortilla.
  5. Heat the burrito for 5-10 minutes or until it’s warm in the middle.

The air fryer has quite a harsh heat, and the outside of the burrito can get very hot to the touch while the inside is still cold.

For this reason, don’t rely on touch testing to determine when you’re burritos done. 

Use the knife test I explained above (stick a sharp knife into the middle of the burrito and feel how hot it is when you pull it out)

My verdict

The air fryer is a good choice if you like a crisp, crunchy tortilla – kind of like a healthy chimichanga. 

It worked better with smaller burritos because the inside heated up faster. 

When I used foil, the results were very similar to the oven (just faster).

Reheating burritos in a sandwich toaster

Preheat the sandwich toaster while wrapping the burrito in parchment paper to protect the wrap. Place the burrito inside the sandwich toaster and close it gently, making sure not to squish all the fillings out of the burrito. Heat for 4-5 minutes.

Check the burrito is hot inside and then serve.

You can skip the parchment paper if you don’t mind a bit of a charred taste on the wrap. 

The sandwich toaster worked great for heating my burrito. If you have one at work, it’s a great alternative to the microwave that produces quick and tasty results.

Reheating a burrito by making a chimichanga (deep frying)

Heat around 1 inch of oil to 365°F (185°C) in a large saucepan. When it’s up to temperature, slowly lower in the burrito and fry it for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Carefully flip the burrito over with some tongs and fry again for 2-3 minutes. 

Remove the burritos (now chimichangas) and let them drain on a paper towel before serving.

It’s crucial to get the oli temperature right with this method – I highly recommend using a thermometer to measure it.

If the oil is too cold, the wrap will soak it all up and become very greasy. 

If it’s too hot, the wrap will burn and the filling will be cold.

I quite enjoyed my chimichanga, and my friend LOVED it (they love anything fried), but it does change the essence of the burrito and make it pretty unhealthy.

How to store burritos

To store burritos, let them cool to room temperature and then wrap them in a paper towel followed by a layer of foil or plastic wrap. Burritos filled with wet things like salsa and sour cream will last 1-2 days before they get too soggy. If you’re only using dry fillings, the burritos will last up to 4 days. 

I like to use a layer of paper towel when storing my burritos because it leads to a less soggy tortilla (the paper towel absorbs any excess moisture instead of the wrap). 

Ensure the plastic wrap/foil is airtight to keep the tortilla from drying out. 

It is important that you allow the burritos to reach room temperature before storing them, as any heat will create condensation, which can leave you with a mushy tortilla.  

If you’re prepping the burritos in advance, allow any filling to cool to room temperature before wrapping the burrito.

This will prevent steam from the filling dampening the wrap.

Can you freeze burritos?

Yes, burritos freeze well as long as you pick the fillings wisely. Wet vegetables, salsa, and sour cream don’t freeze well. Meat, beans, and cheese burritos are better choices to freeze. Burritos will last for up to 6 months if stored correctly, but I aim to use them within 3 months.

How to freeze burritos:

  1. Let the burritos cool, and then wrap them tightly in parchment paper or plastic wrap followed by foil.
  2. Place the burritos in a freezer bag and remove the air before sealing.
  3. Label and date the bag.
  4. Place the burritos in the coldest part of the freezer (the middle back) so they freeze quickly. 

Using a double layer of wrapping helps protect the burrito from freezer burn. 

I like to use the freezer bag as well, but that’s not necessary if you’ll eat the burrito within three months. 

As with storing in the fridge, the burrito must be at room temperature before it goes into the freezer to avoid condensation ruining the texture.

I like to chill my burrito in the fridge for an hour before I freeze it to make sure it’s cool. This also helps it freeze faster.

How to reheat frozen burritos

To reheat a burrito straight from frozen, wrap it in foil and place it inside a 400° (200°C) oven for 35-45 minutes. You can also use the microwave. Cover the burrito with a damp paper towel and heat it on 50% power until thawed, then heat on full power or pop it in the oven to finish heating it.

Exactly How To Reheat A Burrito

In this short recipe, I show you the best way to revive and reheat your leftover burrito.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: burrito, reheat burrito
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 206kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 portion burrito

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°(180°C).
  • Wrap the burrito in foil and place it on a wire rack in the oven. You can leave any cut ends exposed if you want.
  • Bake the burrito for 15-20 minutes or until hot all the way through.
  • To crisp the tortilla slightly, unwrap the foil for the last few minutes of heating.

Notes

The foil keeps the tortilla from drying out by trapping some moisture inside.
I like to use a wire rack because I find the bottom of the burrito heats up too fast with a baking tray.
If you do use a baking tray, flip the burrito halfway through heating.
If you want to speed up the process, pop the burritos into the microwave for 15 seconds before putting them in the oven (without foil!).

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 206kcal

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