Last Updated: April 22, 2022

How to Reheat a Burrito

How to Reheat a Burrito

Reheating food can often be a gamble. And with foods like burritos, you have to know the tips and tricks to get them right without ending up into a soggy mess. Depending upon your requirement there are a variety of options you can choose from. 

Wondering how to reheat a burrito and get it just right? Keep reading to find out.

The direct answer? There is no specific ‘right’ way to go. You can opt for a skillet or an oven, or even a microwave for a quick fix. As long as you’re heating it to an average temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re good to go. 

But if you are looking to explore your range of options on how to reheat a burrito, keep reading to find out.

The Basics

First things first, you need to know the basics to reheat a burrito. Most people wouldn’t want to reheat the cold ingredients in the burrito. By cold, I mean the guacamole, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes or even French Fries. These are the ingredients that are served cold, even with a piping hot burrito.

Pro Tip: The best way to go is to deconstruct your burrito and remove all the ingredients you wouldn’t want to reheat. You can go ahead and reheat your burrito in your preferred way and then add these ingredients again. If you’re unable to do that, you can always add extra cold ingredients on top!

The Best Way to Reheat a Burrito

If you’re like me, you wouldn’t mind the extra effort if you’re getting perfect burritos in the end. Using the oven to reheat your burritos can sometimes be a little more time consuming compared to others, but I promise you it’s worth the wait! 

Reheating Burrito in the Best Possible way is:

  • Simply preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Wrap your burrito in an aluminum foil. 
  • Place it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Once the timer is off; you have a warm, crispy burrito at your disposal!

Keynote: If you happen to have a toaster oven at hand, make good use of it! The steps remain the same except you save more time. 

Reheating Your Burrito in a Microwave

Microwave is usually our go-to for most of our leftover reheating needs. While most burrito enthusiasts will warn you against this particular method, it could still suit you if you need a quick solution to your reheating worries. A burrito heated in the microwave definitely won’t taste its best but there are a few tricks that could help you to get the best out of it.

To reheat Burrito in a Microwave: 

  • Remove the foil and place your burrito on a microwave-safe dish.
  • Remove cold ingredients if you want to and heat it inside the microwave for a minute.
  • Take out the dish, flip your burrito and let it heat for another minute or so.

Bonus Tip: Sprinkle some water each time you flip the burrito and make sure that the temperature of your microwave is high (more than 165F). This will prevent your burritos from going soggy! 

a full process of Reheating all kinds of burritos
Reheating Burritos (All kinds): At a Glance

Reheating Your Burrito on the Stove

This method works best for small to medium-sized burritos and is easily one of the fastest and most hassle-free ways to reheat a burrito. 

To reheat Burrito in a Stove: 

  • Heat the skillet on medium heat and directly place your burrito in it. 
  • Flip it after a few minutes to avoid burning, and cover with a lid. 
  • Your burrito will be fresh and warm in no time. 

Caution: If you wish to avoid accidentally breaking your burrito while you flip it on the skillet, you can just place the foil-wrapped burrito in the skillet. This will help keep it intact and make the tortilla extra-crisp from the outside.

Reheating Your Burrito on the Grill

Using the grill to reheat your leftover food definitely sounds the kind of option that is unnecessarily extravagant and extra, but it could be a viable option if you have the time and the setting to spare. A family picnic with leftover frozen burritos could be the perfect opportunity to take out your grill and get started! 

To reheat Burrito in the Grill:

  • Use the indirect grill method where you grill your burrito on the unlit side for 15-20 minutes.
  • Then move it to the lit side of the grill for those crispy brown grill marks. 

You could even take inspiration from this grilled burritos recipe and their secret ingredient for the perfect meal!

How to Reheat Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos are easily one of the most time-saving breakfast prep dishes that you can make in advance and store for larger periods of time. They are easy to make, can be made in larger quantities, and are ridiculously easy to have on-the-go. Simply follow your favorite breakfast burrito recipe (I recommend this one!) and freeze them.

To reheat your Breakfast Burrito:

  • Take them out and place them in a microwave-safe dish.
  • Cover them with a thin paper towel. This prevents them from going soggy. and heat them for a period of 1-2 minutes. 
  • Flip them over halfway if you wish. Your breakfast burritos are ready to go!

Note: After preparing your breakfast burritos, tightly wrap them in an aluminum foil and then place them in a resealable plastic bag. Make sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing it again. This prevents your burrito from catching any moisture, and also helps keep it together when you heat it!

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How to Reheat a Chipotle Burrito

Chipotle burritos, the epitome of burrito deliciousness! But while they are a joy to have while warm, reheating them just right can be tricky and stressful. But I’m here to tell you it’s not! 

The most important thing to remember while reheating your chipotle burrito is to keep an eye on the temperature of your burrito. It is best to insert a thermometer through the thickest parts of your burrito and check for a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

To reheat a Chipotle Burrito, follow these steps: 

  • If using an oven, remove a part of the aluminum foil so that the interior is exposed. Reheat for around 15 minutes in an already preheated oven.
  • If using a microwave, remove the foil and place the burrito in a microwave-safe dish, at the center of the microwave. 
  • Reheat for 4- 5 minutes or until it reaches the desired internal temperature. Take 1-minute intervals and make sure to flip your burrito.

Special Note: Sprinkle a little water over your burrito if the tortilla feels too dry. And keep a glass of water alongside your burrito in the microwave to further aid even reheating.

Summary

  • The Best way to reheat a burrito is to wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in the oven to let it bake for 30 minutes.
  • Separate the cold ingredients (sour cream, salsa, tomatoes etc) before heating the burrito. Then serve those again as a cold toppings later. 
  • As long as you’re heating the burrito to an average temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, any method is good to carry out. 
burrito presentation on a wooden board
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FAQ

Is it safe to eat a leftover burrito?

Yes, it is. Make sure you store/freeze it right and then heat it so it’s safe to consume. Leftover burritos taste even better the next day!

How long can you store leftover burritos?

You can store your leftover burritos in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Or, if done right, you can freeze them for up to 2-3 months. 

How to store leftover burritos?

The best way to store burritos is to store them in an airtight container or to tightly wrap them in aluminium foil or parchment paper and keep them in a ziplock bag. Go ahead and freeze them at this point.

What to do if your burrito turns soggy after reheating?

Burritos are more likely to get soggy in a microwave than the oven. To avoid this, simply cover your burrito with a damp paper towel and then put it in the microwave. The towel absorbs the moisture and prevents sogginess. 

How to keep burrito from falling apart while reheating?

Your best bet is to first heat your burrito in a skillet, the edges facing down. This will seal the burrito together. You can then go ahead and choose your preferred method of reheating.

Whether you’re looking to save time on your breakfast and find the fastest reheating solution to your burrito problems, or whether you want to make sure you serve your leftover food the best way you can, it can sometimes be a very stressful experience. And more often than not you will have to try your hand at a few techniques to find your right match. But do not worry, you will never have to fret over how to reheat a burrito again. We got it covered for you!

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