July 25, 2017

You’re Doing It Wrong! The Best Ways on How To Reheat A Burrito

How To Reheat A Burrito

Burrito is probably one of the best foods ever created. In fact, I haven't met a single soul who doesn't like the burrito. Burritos simply taste great – the rice, the meat, the tomatoes, the spices, and everything in it tastes heavenly.

A single bite burst with a lot of flavors that give so much satisfaction to the mouth and stomach. Truly, a burrito is a comfort food and one of the life's simple pleasures. That's why it's crucial to know how to reheat a burrito.


How To Reheat A Burrito

But burritos aren't perfect, you know. The problem comes when you become too full to finish the burrito you bought for lunch or dinner and decided to pack it instead. Then you come home and stash in away in the fridge for your breakfast the following morning.

So the first thing you did upon waking up is put the burrito in the microwave (yes, you're too excited to eat a burrito for breakfast) and heat it for a few minutes. So the microwave beeped, and you took the wonderful thing out only to find that it turned soggy and mushy – what a waste of good food!

How To Reheat A Burrito

Before you microwave yet another burrito again, let me give you the best options on how to reheat a burrito properly. So sit back, relax, and read on.


Microwaves are a no-no when it comes to heating burrito if you do not know the proper way of heating the food. As I mentioned before, microwaving the food all mushy and soggy. The moisture drawn from refrigerating the burrito soaks the tortillas as well as the rice inside which is too absorbent, making the food initially wet.

Heating it in the closed microwave prevents the moisture from evaporating thus making the burrito way soggier than it initially is. But there's a correct way of heating a burrito using a microwave. Read the steps below for future reference.

How To Reheat A Burrito
  • Step 1. Expose the burrito from its foil covering (if it’s covered). Sprinkle water over the exposed part, especially the upper tortilla.
  • Step 2. Place the burrito in a microwave-safe container. Put it in the center of the rotating plate.
  • Step 3. Turn the temperature dial to high (or over 165 F) and set the timer for 1 minute. Flip the burrito over to expose the other side. Again, sprinkle water on the exposed tortilla. Heat again for a minute.
  • Step 4. Flip the burritos on its sides. Similar to the backsides sprinkle a small amount of water on the exposed side. Heat both sides for 30 seconds each.
  • Step 5. Take the burrito out and let it cool down a little. Enjoy!

Microwaving a burrito is fine if you know the correct way of heating it, but there are more suitable options for heating a burrito aside from microwaving it. You can alternatively use an oven, a grill, and a stovetop.


Perhaps the real best way of heating a burrito is using an oven toaster. It’s fast and convenient too.

How To Reheat A Burrito
  • Step 1. If the burrito is wrapped in foil, pull out the top part so that the foil is only covering the tortilla while exposing the fillings at the same time.
  • Step 2. Place the burrito standing up in the oven, with the peeled-out top facing upwards. You might need to flatten the bottom a little to make the food stand upright.
  • Step 3. Turn the stove to 400 F and place the burrito inside. Allow it to sit inside the hot oven for 10-12 minutes according to how hot you want it to be. If you want a crispy burrito, peel the entire foil after 8 minutes and let the oven toast it for another 2-3 minutes.

Heating a burrito using an oven toaster also allows you to control the crispiness of the tortilla, aside from plainly heating it. Sounds good, right?


For that perfect crispy tortilla yet delicious and gooey filling, you might have to exert a little effort by using an oven toaster and stove-top pan for heating your burrito. I might have to say that this method is for burrito perfectionists who’re willing to make an extra effort just to achieve a perfect, newly-baked-like burrito.

How To Reheat A Burrito
  • Step 1. Partly unwrap your burrito to expose the filling but not the tortilla, similar to Step 1 of heating a burrito in an oven toaster.
  • Step 2. Place the burrito at the center of the oven and turn the oven up to 270 F and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This step heats the burrito from the outside in. After the 10 minute mark, feel if the burrito is warm enough. If not, return it inside the oven for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Step 3. Get the wrapped burrito from the oven and place it in a frying pan. Turn the stove to medium heat. The purpose of this step is to brown the tortilla for a crusty texture. Heat the tortilla for a minute.
  • Step 4. Flip the tortilla over and heat the other side for another minute and you’re done. All that’s left to do is to sauce it up. Enjoy!

Check out this video below for a quick rundown of the steps in heating a burrito with the use of an oven and frying pan.


Now, grilling a burrito might sound too over the top. Like why would you invest so much time and effort in preparing the grill just to heat a single burrito? Well, I can’t blame some people because grilled burritos (like the best seller from Taco Bell) are to die for.

If you have much time on your hands, try grilling your next leftover burrito with a griddle or skillet.

How To Reheat A Burrito
  • Step 1. Spray a griddle or nonstick skillet with cooking oil and preheat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Step 2. Place the wrapped burrito in the center of the cookware and turn the stove to medium heat. Using a spatula, press the burrito gently to brown the underside. Heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Step 3. Flip the burrito over to brown the other side. Heat for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Step 4. Serve and enjoy!

How To Reheat A Burrito


There are so many ways by which you can reheat your leftover burrito to make it fresh and new again. You can microwave it, fry it, grill it, and toast it.

You should just have a sufficient knowledge of how to prepare the burrito for heating and how to use the various machines properly such as setting the time duration and the knowing the correct heat setting.

A food left in a heated medium for too long may become too crusty and dry. On the other hand, a burrito heated at high heat will brown fast, leaving the filling cold.

Hey there! What's up? Have you reheated a burrito recently? How'd you do it before knowing the correct way? Share your thoughts below! Oh and one more thing, will you share this article, please? We'd really appreciate it. Cheers!

    Jade Evans

    Hi there, I’m Jade, a person passionate about cooking and all things food-related. My kitchen inspirations were my mother and grandmother who have always regarded cooking as an art. As a mother of two daughters, I find it hard to keep up with my cooking sometimes, so I sought the help of other food bloggers to curate fantastic and hearty dishes for you, my readers. This blog chronicles my food ventures, original recipes, and cooking tips to inspire and ignite the inner foodie in you.

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