Who doesn’t love a great Tex-Mex for dinner? Burritos are a favorite everywhere because it has a number of tasty fillings wrapped up in a neat and scrumptious tortilla packaging.
The flavors are unbelievable; ground beef, shredded cheese, and sour cream, rice, corn, pico de gallo, and guacamole–what’s not to love?
Besides this, burritos are extremely filling so there’s a good chance that you have lots of leftovers. Whether you want to meal prep in advance, ordered too many from Chipotle, or couldn’t finish the one you cooked, you need to reheat them before eating them.
But not everyone knows how to reheat a burrito. Tossing one into your microwave won’t do your meal any justice. A soggy burrito with unevenly warmed fillings is sad and unappealing. But we’re here to make sure you get the most out of your leftover burritos.
This article will show you how to reheat a burrito in the oven, microwave, and other common household appliances. Your burrito will taste fresh and flavorful, with a solid and crispy tortilla, and have fillings that are warmed through evenly.
If you’ve been having trouble reheating burrito meals, this article is for you. Whether you want a microwave burrito that tastes just as good as a newly prepared one, or you want to reheat Taco Bell leftovers, don’t stop reading just yet!
What are Burritos?
Burritos are a popular Tex-Mex dish, commonly eaten in both the US and northern Mexico. However, they are also consumed in Europe and parts of Asia as well. Burritos contain a filling made of ground meat, vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, or guac, grain AKA rice or corn, sour cream and cheese, and a variety of sauces.
These filings are wrapped in a cylindrical shape with a flour tortilla. They are generally steamed, grilled, or even pan-fried in a skillet. Sometimes the burritos are smothered in an assortment of spicy sauces like the beloved Moes smothered burrito.
Burritos are a great meal because you can choose the fillings and their amounts to your individual preferences. Some people like beans in their burritos, others don’t. Sour cream is another filling that people may or may not choose to include.
No one is quite sure how and where burritos were born and the topic is hotly contested by burrito aficionados. However, they are most likely to have originated in a central Mexican state named Guanajuato.
In the US, burritos are eaten for dinner, lunch, as snacks, and even breakfast! They are calorie-rich, packed with nutrients, and extremely filling, so it is pretty clear why people have them for every possible meal.
Different Kinds of Burritos
The standard burrito we are used to consists of things like meat, cheese, beans, guacamole, cilantro rice, salsa, lettuce, and tomatoes, as well as bell peppers and onions. But there are some variations within variations, mostly involving ingredients and cooking techniques.
This is a wrapped burrito made up of a large, steamed tortilla. The whole thing is wrapped in foil and is meant to be eaten with your hands.
It is generally made from marinated beef or chicken with crunchy French fries and loads of shredded cheese.
This kind of burrito is smaller than a Mission burrito. It is supposed to be eaten with your hands and contains ground beef and refried beans.
Commonly eaten in the US for breakfast, it contains scrambled eggs and cured meat like sausage, bacon, or chorizo. This burrito also includes cheese and spring onions.
It is a lot like a regular Mexican burrito as it has all the traditional ingredients. However, these burritos are covered with red, green, or brown sauce; making them wet and pretty juicy. Because it is pretty fragile, it is generally eaten with a fork and knife.
This unique burrito is made up of a tortilla stuffed with fish and Asian ingredients. Kimchi, spicy beef and sriracha mayo are commonly used ingredients too.
This extremely popular option often contains many traditional ingredients like flour tortillas, marinated meat, refried beans, and sour cream. The difference? The burrito is deep-fried and served with guacamole, salsa, or carne asada.
In short, the ingredients and cooking method can result in a different burrito. And this can even affect the way you have to reheat your burrito.
How to Reheat a Burrito Using Every Possible Method
Maybe you want to heat your burrito on the grill. Maybe you’re hungover and just want a quick, warm breakfast that you can reheat in your microwave. Either way, we’re going to show how to reheat your burrito with every possible kitchen appliance or tool you can think of.
Before we get started, it is important to note that you might have to empty out the filling if your burrito contains very wet ingredients like mayo or sour cream. It is best to scoop out these wet ingredients and add them back later.
You can also choose to leave them in, but your burrito may be a little soggier than desired, and you will need to add extra sour cream/sauce after reheating.
This also applies to ‘cold’ ingredients like lettuce, sliced tomatoes, or raw cilantro. You can deconstruct your burrito and remove them, or leave them in, (in which case your lettuce will be wilted and your tortilla shell rather soggy).
With that out of the way, let’s start warming up our burritos!
Reheating a Burrito in the Oven:
This is the very best way to reheat burritos, as it cooks everything through evenly. Best of all, your tortilla will be warm and crispy, instead of wet and soggy.
- Preheat the oven to 225F.
- Remove your burrito from the refrigerator and wrap loosely in aluminum foil. This will help heat it faster and stop the burrito from drying out.
- Put the wrapped burrito in the oven for around 30 minutes. You can use any oven-safe dish or plate. If you are reheating lots of burritos, you can space them out evenly in large sheet pans.
- Use oven mitts or sturdy tongs to remove the burrito from the oven. Make sure the burrito and its filings are heated all the way through. It is ready to eat when a meat or probe thermometer reads 165F at the center of the burrito.
- Remove the foil and cut your burrito in half before serving.
Reheating a Burrito in the Microwave:
Maybe you live in a dorm, or don’t own a microwave. Maybe a microwave is your go-to method for reheating leftovers. Maybe you just want a really quick dinner and don’t have the patience for the 30-minute wait when reheating with an oven.
Either way, you can use your microwave to heat up a burrito. Bear in mind that it won’t be as evenly warmed as a burrito reheated in the oven. Moreover, your tortilla shell will be softer and soggier.
- Set your burrito on a microwave-safe plate.
- Reheat the burrito for one minute, then let it sit in the microwave for 45 seconds. This distributes the heat evenly throughout the burrito.
- Repeat the heating process for another minute, and this time, let your burrito rest for 30 seconds.
- The burrito is ready to be eaten once the fillings are warm, and the internal temperature is 165F.
Reheating a Burrito in a Skillet:
If you don’t have a microwave or oven, you can still reheat a burrito to perfection in a regular skillet. This method works best for smaller burritos, like the traditional one.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat.
- Unwrap the burrito and place it in the skillet after it heats up.
- Place a lid over the skillet and heat the burrito for about 2-3 minutes.
- Next, turn the burrito and flip it over, cooking on the other side for about 2 minutes.
- The burrito is ready once the insides are cooked through evenly and the outer shell is crispy and toasted.
Reheating a Burrito on the Grill:
You might think that firing up the grill to reheat a cold burrito is overkill, but lots of people do it! If you have an hour to spare before dinner, this is a great way to get a perfectly crispy burrito shell.
You can also use this method if you want to serve burritos at a BBQ and have cooked them the day before.
- Light half the grill and set the wrapped burrito on the unlit side.
- Grill the burrito on the unlit side for around 30 minutes, until the insides have warmed up evenly.
- Then, use tongs or oven mitts to shift the burrito to the hot zone of the grill to get some nice grill marks.
- Your burrito is ready to eat once it registers an internal temperature of 165F on a meat or probe thermometer.
Reheating a Burrito in an Air Fryer:
If you want to reheat a frozen burrito in an air fryer, this step is for you. It is a particularly ingenious way to make a crispy breakfast burrito quickly.
- If your burrito is frozen, defrost it in a microwave, or on the counter until it reaches room temperature.
- Preheat the air fryer to 325F.
- Place the unwrapped burrito in the air fryer and spritz with some oil (vegetable, avocado, or olive works best).
- Air fry at 325F for 14-16 minutes, or until the tortilla shell is golden brown and toasted evenly.
The Best Way to Reheat Chipotle Burritos
This section discusses how to reheat a Chipotle burrito without any cold spots or sogginess. For this method, you need a toaster oven, but a regular oven works too.
- Preheat the toaster oven to 400F.
- Unwrap the aluminum foil so that it is just covering the tortilla, while leaving the fillings exposed. The foil should cover the bottom of the tortilla only.
- Set the burrito bottom-down in the toaster oven, and unravel or flatten the bottom so that the fillings face upward.
- Heat it in the toaster oven at 400F for 8 to 12 minutes. You can take the foil off for the last two minutes to get a crispier tortilla.
- The burrito is ready to eat after the fillings are hot and the shell is nice and crispy.
If you aren’t sure how to reheat Chipotle bowls and similar meals, the process is similar as the contents are similar to burrito fillings. Separate the cold ingredients like lettuce and sour cream, heat them up in the microwave or oven and then add them back afterward.
Warming Up Tortillas the Right Way
People often have trouble warming tortillas because you want them crispy, yet soft. Leave them on for too long and your tortilla is burnt or hard. Take them off the heat too quickly and it is cold and soggy.
Here’s the best way to warm tortillas:
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Wrap a stack of five or fewer tortillas in a packet of aluminum foil and place them in the oven.
- Heat them in the oven until the tortillas are heated through, around 15-20 minutes. You can also reheat multiple packets of five tortillas all at the same time, depending on the size of the oven.
If you want to use a stove to warm up your burritos, heat up a fry pan or skillet and place the burrito, heating for 30 seconds on each side without any oil.
Still confused about warming your burritos? We answer some of the most pressing concerns people have about reheating refrigerated burritos.
01. Can I Reheat a Burrito with Sour Cream?
To prevent sogginess, scoop out the sour cream before reheating and add it back later. However, you can leave it in, but the tortilla shell may get a little soggy.
02. Can I Reheat a Burrito with Guacamole?
You can totally reheat a burrito with guacamole without any change in the taste or texture.
03. How Do I Reheat a Burrito on the Stove?
Heat a large pan or skillet on medium heat, then place the burrito and heat it for 5 minutes, flipping the burrito halfway through.
04. Can I Reheat a Breakfast Burrito?
You can reheat a breakfast burrito to toast the tortilla and warm the fillings. Using an air fryer or skillet is a great way to heat this kind of burrito.
05. How Long is a Leftover Burrito Good for?
You can safely store leftover burritos in the fridge for 3 days. If you need to store it for longer, keep it in the freezer instead.
Learning how to reheat a burrito is a great way to save your leftovers and meal prep for the week. Whether you want to enjoy your Chipotle the day, or want to prep a large batch of burritos for a party, knowing how to warm burritos properly is the best way to ensure your Tex-Mex meal is piping hot, juicy, and crispy all at once!