Reheating A Burrito – 5 Easy Methods

Today I will show you 5 amazing ways how to reheat a burrito. These techniques are all incredibly easy, relatively quick, and can create different textures to your liking.

What Is The Best Way To Reheat A Burrito?

Trust me: there are many different ways to reheat a burrito. And honestly, I wouldn’t say that any of them are bad. When looking at how to warm up a burrito the best way possible, I would say it depends on your preference.

Burritos, as you may know, is a stuffed flour tortilla wrap. It can contain a multitude of different fillings and ingredients. More often than not, it’s something that consists of ground seasoned meat, cheese, lettuce, salsa, and beans or rice.

Now, some people like their burritos “fresh.” By this, I mean that they don’t like it toasted and crunchy (the wrap). They prefer a soft wrap that is easy to bite through and chewy. 

In that case, I would suggest methods of reheating that include moisture. The microwave, stovetop, and oven (with foil) method work the best.

However, if you like your burrito with a bit of crunch (toasted) you may prefer reheating it using dry methods. The air fryer, oven (without foil), and toaster oven method will be better suited to help achieve a crisp tortilla texture.


Tips And Tricks

For all of these methods, the key is to not overdo it. You want the filling to heat throughout but not become too dry or soggy. This also goes for the tortilla wrap. It should be soft or crisp (however you want it) – not overdone or soggy.

So, the key is to check the progress and make adjustments to the reheating times accordingly. Unfortunately, there isn’t an exact answer to “How long to reheat a burrito in the oven?” or for any other method.

How To Reheat A Burrito In The Oven

In my opinion, this is the best method to use for many reasons. You can accurately control how the burrito heats up, and you can quickly make changes to the technique you use. This ultimately means you control how and how much they heat up.

You can also use it to make crispy tortillas or soft tortillas. For crispier textures, you will unwrap the burritos after their heating time has elapsed and allow the tortillas to get crunchy for a couple of minutes.

  1. Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).
  2. Wrap the burrito in a layer of aluminum foil. Make sure the ends are closed well so that the heat doesn’t escape.
  3. Bake the burrito for 15-20 minutes or until it is hot in the center.
  4. For crispier burritos, unwrap them. Then, allow the burritos to heat for another 5 minutes without a covering.

This method is a little time-consuming. But again, if you want them to be as good as they were when freshly made, it’s worth the wait. Plus, it’s a pretty hassle-free technique.


How To Reheat Burritos In An Air-Fryer

Air fryers are amazing! I love the versatility they offer and the speed they work with. Using an air-fryer to reheat burritos has some benefits but also some downsides.

So first, the benefits. Air fryers have been designed to produce high heat instantly. The fans help distribute this heat evenly throughout the cooking chamber. Ultimately, you get a more even heat that helps make crispy items. Some examples are my Crispy Eggplant Parmesan Slices or these Crispy Mac And Cheese Bites.

When heating burritos, you still need to add the foil wrapping. But, the burritos will reheat much quicker than in an oven. And, as with the oven method, you can still unwrap them and leave them to become crispy.

Now, the downside to this method is that you are very likely to get drier burritos if you don’t remember to monitor their progress – even if they are wrapped up! So again, make sure you monitor their progress.

  1. Preheat your air-fryer to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Wrap the burritos in a layer of aluminum foil.
  3. Heat the burritos for 12-15 minutes. It may take slightly longer depending on the thickness of the burritos.
  4. Check their doneness before serving them or crisping them up. Leave them unwrapped for 3 minutes to get a crispier tortilla texture.

Now, if you are worried about whether you can place foil in an air fryer, fear not. It is completely safe, and air fryers don’t work like microwaves.

BURRITO close up

How To Reheat A Burrito In A Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are unique in that they can work as an oven or a toaster. This appliance is best suited to make crispier burritos.

The biggest downside to this method is that it has a couple of steps. And obviously, not everybody has a toaster oven at home.

  1. First, preheat the toaster oven to 400°F (200°C)
  2. Then, wrap the burritos with aluminum foil. 
  3. Heat them for 8-12 minutes on high.
  4. Place the toaster oven on the toaster setting.
  5. Leave the burritos to toast for a couple of minutes, unwrapped.

You have to check the progress of this technique. Heat it too long, and the burrito (and filling) will become dry. It’s a great technique to use, but you have to check the progress of your burritos.

BURRITO close up

Best Way To Reheat Burritos In The Microwave

Reheating burritos in a microwave is the quickest technique you can use. But, it’s tricky for this dish that involves many risks.

First of all, you cannot use foil in a microwave. So, you’ll be heating it without protection. This puts it at risk of becoming soggy or drying out.

You won’t be able to create crisp textures using a microwave. But it’s great for soft burritos.

  1. Cover the burrito with a piece of damp paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Alternatively, you can wrap it in parchment paper (which is microwave safe).
  2. Set the microwave on medium or medium-high heat.
  3. Microwave your burrito for around 60 seconds. If it is still not heated through, only heat it in 20-second intervals while checking the progress each time.

How To Reheat A Burrito On The Stove

This is a labor-intensive technique that doesn’t work incredibly well. Nevertheless, it is an option that works!

You will need a skillet or any type of non-stick frying pan. It should be big enough to comfortably fit the burrito. The other thing you have to be careful of is the burrito falling apart while you turn it. So, work gently.

  1. Place the burrito (seam side down) on the medium heated pan. Then, allow it to heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Carefully turn it over and leave it to heat for another 2-3 minutes. Each side will heat for 3 minutes.

If your burrito starts browning too much, lower the heat slightly. If you add oil, the burritos will become oily and burn faster. So only use dry heat.

BURRITO close up


How do you properly store burritos?

Wrap the burritos in plastic and place them in an airtight container. They will last inside the fridge for 4-5 days depending on the filling. And remember, you have to wrap each burrito individually for the best results.

Can you eat burritos cold?

You don’t have to reheat the burritos. It’s entirely up to you. The filling mainly determines whether or not the burrito will be best hot or cold. For example, I don’t like eating a pulled pork burrito with rice when it is cold. But, I also don’t like eating a fresh salad-based burrito heated (which makes the lettuce soggy).

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