How to Reheat a Burrito Using an Oven, Microwave, or Stove
Wondering how to reheat your burrito without turning it into a soggy mess? While a burrito is one of the ultimate to-die-for dishes in Mexican cuisine, it’s likely to lose its appeal if it isn’t reheated properly.
Since the dish is made of a flour tortilla wrapped into a cylinder to house a rich variety of ingredients, reheating a burrito can be a tricky task, either enhancing or downgrading its overall quality.
To help you reheat a burrito easily without sacrificing its taste, we have prepared a brief guide with the right steps and tricks to enliven your burrito using different tools and methods.
Can’t wait to find out more? Read on.
What is a Burrito?
Of course, before we dive straight into discussing different reheating methods for your leftover burrito, it’s best to review exactly what this dish we’re talking about is.
A popular Mexican dish, a burrito is essentially a flour tortilla that’s tightly wrapped around a variety of ingredients. Depending on your preferences, this could include a mixture of meat (normally beef, but some also opt to have chicken) and refried beans.
Burritos come in a wide variety. Among these include the Wet Burrito, served with melted cheese and smothered in a saucy, spicy red or green “gravy”; the Poncho Burrito, which consists mostly of beans, rice, and meat; the California Burrito, which is stuffed with carne asada, sour cream, cheese, salsa, guacamole and french fries; and the Bean and Cheese Burrito, which can usually be found in popular Mexican-food restaurants, such as Taco Bell and Del Taco.
How to Reheat a Burrito
Using an Oven
If you were to ask burrito enthusiasts, half of them would probably recommend the use of an oven to reheat this all-time favorite Mexican dish. Not only will this method help give your burrito a perfect crisp, but it will also prevent it from coming out in a mushy lump.
If you’ve decided to follow this advice, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Retrieve your burrito from the refrigerator and wrap it in aluminum foil.
- Put the burrito in the oven and leave it for about 30 minutes.
- Once the 30-minute timer is up, take out the burrito using oven mitts.
- Remove the foil and enjoy!
Using a Microwave
If you don’t have an oven at home, you can turn to your microwave instead. A microwave is another effective tool to reheat your burrito without negatively impacting its overall quality. Although the results may not be as impeccable as when you use an oven, using a microwave can still do the job, as long as you follow the right tricks.
To start, you’ll need your burrito, an instant thermometer, and some water.
- Place the burrito on a microwave-safe plate.
- Sprinkle some water over the top. This will help moisten the tortilla.
- Set the timer for 1 minute.
- After the minute, flip the burrito over to expose the other side. Moisten the other side with a small amount of water.
- Cook that side for another minute.
- Remove the burrito, and using an internal thermometer, check its temperature. Your burrito is ready to eat if the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Using a Stove
Oven and microwave aren’t your thing? Try reheating your burrito on the stove, instead.
Although this may seem over-the-top for something so small, heating your burrito on the stove promises a delicious and crispy outcome that is quite similar to those served at your favorite restaurant.
To accomplish the task, follow these steps:
- Spray some oil over your skillet and preheat it for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Unwrap burrito and place it in the skillet.
- Turn the stove to medium heat.
- Press the burrito into the skillet using a spatula.
- Cover the skillet with a lid and leave it for about 5 minutes.
- Flip the burrito and do the same thing for the other side. Leave it again for about 5 minutes.
- Plate the burrito and enjoy!
The Bottom Line
Can’t wait to indulge yourself in your favorite Mexican dish? With these 3 different reheating methods, you can now enjoy your reheated burrito to your heart’s content.