3 Easy Ways to Heat Tortillas

November 14, 2013 | By | Comments (1)


Tacos and burritos taste much better when the tortillas they’re wrapped in are warm and toasty. Plus, a warm tortilla is more pliable, making it easier to work with. When I just need a handful, I like to toast them directly over a low flame on my gas stovetop for a few seconds (don’t forget to use tongs!). The flame gives them a nice char, too.

If you don’t have a gas stove or need more than a few tortillas warmed up, this method isn’t ideal. Here are three easy ways to heat corn or flour tortillas:

Toast: To get that smoky char, heat tortillas in a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet. Wrap them in a dish towel to keep them warm as you go.

Microwave: This method is nice and quick. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel or dishcloth and microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute.

Steam: Wrap tortillas in a dish towel and place in a steamer basket over boiling water for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and let sit in the pan, covered, for 15 minutes to warm through.

Want some recipes for those tortillas? Try these 15 Mexican-inspired recipes using tortillas.

(Image: Juanmonino/Getty Images)


  1. okieqt

    What about the obvious one? I prefer wrapping a stack in foil and adding to the oven which is usually hot with beans, enchiladas, fajita meat, etc. They stay warmer longer!

    November 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

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