How to Reheat a Burrito? Several Methods

What can bring instant happiness to ourselves? Well, I don’t know about anyone else. But nothing instantly makes me happy other than a big hot chipotle burrito. So, probably the best grab-and-go meal in a hurry would be burritos. The only problem with chipotle burritos is that they are massive in size. So, one possibly can not eat the entire burrito in one snap! Then, of course, there are leftovers. Even sometimes, people pick some extra burritos to store and eat them later. But they’re the best hot – so, how to reheat a burrito and bring it back to its yummiest form?

Now, there comes a fundamental problem – reheating. If you do not want soggy burritos and want to reheat them, this is your go-to destination. You can reheat burritos in different ways, such as:

  • In the oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Skillet

Moreover, in this article, you will find your answers on how to reheat 

  • Taco bell burrito
  • Sour cream burrito 
  • Guacamole burrito.

Without further delay, let’s dig into it…

What is a burrito? Origin and types

How to Reheat a Burrito

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Before going deeper into the reheating part, let us know a bit more about the dish itself. Burrito is a famous Mexican dish that has gathered a huge number of fan following throughout various regions. 

Burrito is a flour tortilla, which is sealed so that it takes a cylindrical shape. It is rolled and stuffed with multiple savory fillings inside, such as meat ( beef, pork, and chicken), tossed vegetables (lettuce, tomato, onion), cheese, cooked beans, and rice. 

Sometimes we may see some chefs using sour cream and guacamole. Sometimes the tortilla is grilled so that it is easier to fold and seal the burrito. 

Usually, a burrito is eaten by hand only. But sometimes, we may eat them with a knife and fork when it is served with various savory sauces and is ‘wet.’ 

Types of burrito

There are different types of burritos all over the world. The one that you get at Chipotle will be much different from one of Taco Bell. And even you will notice differences between sour cream burritos as well. So, Let’s know about them for a better insight.

 Broadly four types of burritos can be found. And they are:

  1. The California burrito
  2. The mission burrito
  3. Bean and cheese burrito
  4. Wet burrito
  5. Breakfast burrito
  6. Kogi Burrito
  7. Chimichanga

If you are also one of them who did not know there are these burrito varieties, here are brief descriptions of each category for you.

  • The California Burrito

I guess you have already assumed the origin of this category from the name. Generally, California Burritos are described by foodies as an ‘austere meal of meat, cheese, and salsa.’ 

These burritos are generally large-sized ones with stuffed ingredients inside. The filling consists of meat, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. And there is a unique touch in these types of burritos that the filling consists of french fries. 

Whether you like or hate the idea of french fries, you must admit its authenticity.

  • The Mission Burrito

The mission burritos can be traced back to San Francisco. So, historically speaking, the origin of the mission burrito should be San Francisco. The unique aspect of these burritos is that they consist of steamed flour tortillas that help all the ingredients to be in the proper place.

The filling or stuffing also has its uniqueness because it consists of rice. There are other items as well ( meat, beans, cheese, sour cream, guacamole). 

But the presence of rice is a differential point that makes it stand out. Chipotle has been the most famous food chain serving mission burritos for years.

  • Bean and Cheese Burrito

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A bean and cheese burrito is the most popular and classic burrito we have ever come across. This all-time favorite appetizer amalgamates tossed or cooked beans, loaded cheese, and some other sauces. 

This burrito and the filling are not very complicated. Yet, it is the most popular meal of all time. Be it within your busy schedule, on the go, or even in the weekend mood, a bean and cheese burrito will be matchless to give you company.

  • Wet Burrito

Wet burrito is stapled with a typical Mexican sensation. It is largely served in various Mexican food junctions in the US. The wet burrito is generally a massive dish on the plate. 

It is soaked in red and green sauce and served. It is similar to a large enchilada; a corn tortilla rolled with stuffing inside and served with savory spices. A wet burrito is supposed to be eaten with a knife and fork. 

But well, if you want your eating experiences to be ‘wet’ and ‘colorful, you might eat them with your hands!

  • Breakfast burrito

This type of burrito combines the traditional American breakfast with a tortilla. Meaning these burritos contain sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese, and spring onion.

  • Kogi burrito

This kind of burrito is specially made with a bit of oriental touch. Beef, kimchi, fish, and many other Asian items are used in these kinds of burritos as stuffing. 

  • Chimichanga

These burritos are very popular among people because of their unique taste. They usually contain sour cream, fried or tossed beans, and marinated meat. Well, the difference is that these burritos are generally deep-fried and served with guacamole or salsa.

How to reheat a burrito?

Burritos are, of course, the best grab-and-go meal. But simultaneously, they can be kept for future use as well. Obviously, the storage place will be a refrigerator. 

And when the burrito finally comes out of the fridge, the tortilla becomes soggy. And the stuffing is all frozen and can be tasteless! That is indeed not a desirable state of burrito, is it? And if you are fond of creamy hor cheese, there is no chance that you will grab the frozen burrito. 

Hence, reheating comes into the scenario. Several ways are there to reheat a burrito. Let us know a bit more about the reheating techniques. Tou can:

  1. Reheat burrito in the oven
  2. Reheat it in the microwave 
  3. Reheat it on the grill
  4. Reheat burrito on the skillet
  • Reheating in oven

Ask any burrito enthusiast. Half of them will be referring to this method while speaking of reheating burritos. Probably the most popular and simplest way to reheat a burrito is in the oven. 

Reheating a burrito in an oven leads to even heat distribution. Moreover, if you want your burrito to be perfectly crispy, then this method will be your best way.

To reheat this all-time favorite Mexican appetizer, you need to preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, take out your frozen burrito from the refrigerator. 

Yeah, I know, it might look sick and not so delicious. But once you are done with the reheating part, you will be amazed to see the magic. 

Now, take an aluminum foil and wrap the foil loosely around the burrito. Make sure you don’t create a mess while wrapping because some people can not handle the stuffing. Now, place the burrito on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. 

It takes almost 15-20 minutes to bake the burrito perfectly. Or you might wait until the burrito is hot all the way down. Some people love their burrito tortilla crispy. For achieving that result, take out the aluminum foil halfway in the time of baking. 

  • Reheating in the microwave

This option will probably not suffice your reheating needs properly. Sometimes it is difficult in a microwave to heat it evenly. 

Sometimes the tortilla becomes extra dry and soggy. Sometimes the crunch of the tortilla is so much that you can not differentiate between Doritos and your burrito.

But well, they say when there is a will, there is a way. With proper instructions, you will definitely achieve success in heating the burrito in the microwave.

First, you need to take the burrito and remove the foil from it. After removing the foil, place the burrito on a plate or container and cover it with a microwave-safe lid. Make sure you leave out an area for the steam outlet. 

Now, microwave the burrito for roughly one minute to one and a half minutes. Remove the burrito from the microwave carefully. You should be extra cautious because of the steam. 

Turn the burrito on the pan and microwave for another minute. Try this process repeatedly until the burrito is heated up all the way down. Make sure you don’t overheat the burrito. 

Otherwise, the tortilla will be excessively dry and soggy. This is definitely not the best way to reheat a burrito. However, if the proper method is followed, one can get a perfect burrito out of a microwave.

  • On the grill

I am sure you will not be going to Chipotle for reheating leftover burritos, will you? Well, you might go. But you know who the smart people are? 

The ones who can find alternative ways to reheat burritos at home. And the grill is the third option on our list. 

Before attempting this method, you should remember one thing that, it might not be the best time-saver option. If your stomach is howling and growling, or let’s say you are in a hurry, then this might not be an option for you. 

But yes, in case you have an ample amount of time in your hand, you might give it a try. And I bet you will never go back to another method ever!

For reheating a burrito on the grill, you need to light half of the grill. The other half should not be lit. Now, take your burrito and place it on top of the part that is not lit. 

Let the burrito be heated there for about thirty minutes. If you like the grill patches on your burrito, slide it for some more minutes on the lit half of the grill. 

After the nice patches of the grill, you might remove it from there. Make sure you use a meat thermometer to measure the temperature of the burrito. If it reaches the internal temperature of 165 degrees, then you are good to go.

  • On the skillet

You did not know that you can reheat a burrito on top of a skillet, did you? This method is comparatively an easy one.

I guess skillet is available in everyone’s kitchen. And the procedure is straightforward. Once you get a hand on this, you will be comfortably reheating your burrito on top of the skillet. 

This method requires a little more attention than the rest of the list. Why so? Jump into the procedure below to know.

Take out your skillet and place it on top of the stove. Sprinkle some cooking oil and Preheat the skillet for two to three minutes. Make sure you do not overheat the skillet. 

Now, take the burrito and unwrap it. Place the unwrapped burrito on top of the skillet and let it heat up. It will be better if you reduce the heat to medium. 

Take a spatula and press the burrito lightly on the skillet. Take a lid and cover the skillet for 5 to 6 minutes. Uncover the skillet and flip the burrito. Do the same with the other side as well. 

After some time, remove the burrito from the skillet. Make sure you do not burn the burrito or make it too crispy. Take the burrito at the appropriate time and enjoy!

How to reheat a burrito – Bonus

As promised, we are here with a little more insight into burritos and the reheating process. I guess you must have heard the names of taco bell burrito and sour cream burrito. But I am sure you did know they require a slightly different process of reheating. So let us know more about them.

  • Reheating Taco Bell Burrito

A Taco bell burrito is something that anyone and everyone will gorge on. But yeah, only if it is nice and fresh. So it is a must for you to know how to reheat them. 

These burritos can be heated in the oven also. But there is an alternative method. You will need a toaster oven for this method.

First, take your burrito and unwrap it in a way that the foil only covers the tortilla of the burrito. So the stuffing of the burrito is exposed. Next, take the burrito and place it in the toaster oven in a bottom-down position. 

Heat the oven for ten to twelve minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wait for the stuffing of the burrito to be nice and hot. And your burrito is ready to satisfy your gluttony.

  • Sour cream burrito

Apart from heating the burrito in an oven, there is another method for reheating one with wet stuffing. You might scoop out the wet filling from the tortilla and then add them later, after heating the tortilla. Make sure you do not make the tortilla too dry or too soggy.

 And if you want to follow the traditional oven format, do like the regular burrito. Wrap it in aluminum foil and wait for it to be heated up all the way down.

  • Guacamole burrito

The traditional Mexican method of serving Guacamole burrito allows it to serve it with hot guac. So, here you might opt for two options. Either you can scoop out the guacamole from the burrito and heat it according to your wish. Later, you might add all the guacamole to it.

Another method will be to reheat it with guacamole inside it. As an additional topping, I like to add a fresh scoop of guacamole. You might do that too.

Final thoughts 

I am sure Burritos are something that none can deny. Be it a traditional Mexican burrito or a smothered one, they never fail to fascinate with their taste. 

But that heavenly bite can be ruined within seconds if it is cold and soggy. But you know what? No more leftover wasting. 

With the reheating methods mentioned above, you will be successful in heating the burritos. Now enjoying leftover burritos will give you no more hard time. Good luck!

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