Tortillas are a staple in many kitchens.
Whether you eat them with eggs, as tacos, or stuffed with rice and beans – these versatile wraps are always delicious.
However, this is not always feasible when it comes to time and convenience.
In this blog post, we’ll show you how to reheat a tortilla so that it’s crispy on all sides.
How to Properly Store Tortillas?
Tortillas are a staple in many people’s homes.
They can be used as an ingredient for a quesadilla, tacos, and fajitas, or they make great snacks by themselves with some salsa on the side.
The last thing you want is to bite into a stale tortilla.
Luckily, we need to do steps before storing our delicious starchy snack to get icky and hard over time.
Storage is critical with tortillas because they are perishable food items that can get moldy and dry out over time if not stored properly.
The first step to proper storage is making sure the package you buy them in hasn’t been opened or damaged, then place it into an airtight container like Tupperware for up to two weeks.
If you plan on freezing them, it’s best to use a vacuum sealer perfect for preserving food items because all of the air is sucked out, leaving less chance of mold growth.
Freezer bags are also great if you’re looking to store your hearty snack.
You can freeze them for up to 6 months if done correctly.
This way, your delicious homemade tacos will always be tasty as well as fresh.
How to Keep Tortillas Warm for a Taco Bar
Taco bars are a fiesta favorite. Tortillas are one of the key ingredients for tacos, but they can get soggy in a long line.
Luckily there are ways to keep tortillas warm and ready for guests to fill.
- Place tortillas in a skillet or pan over low heat.
- Wrap the tortilla with aluminum foil while still in the pan to keep it warm.
- You can also place a tortilla in the oven for ten minutes before guests arrive to keep it warm.
- Stack tortillas on top of each other and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap, then aluminum foil.
This will make plenty of tortillas at your taco bar without having to worry about soggy ones.
How to Heat Tortillas in a Microwave
If you don’t have much time to make dinner, you can heat tortillas quickly in a microwave.
To do this:
- Take a tortilla and place it on a microwave-safe plate.
- Cover the tortilla with a paper towel.
- Set the microwave to high power and let it cook for 30 seconds.
To reheat more tortillas at once, stack them on top of each other in a single layer with paper towels between each one.
Then, microwave them for one minute on high power. When microwaving tortillas, be careful not to burn them.
Listen for the popping sound that signals it’s time to take them out of the microwave, and then carefully remove one tortilla from the plate at a time with tongs or an oven mitt before serving them.
How to Reheat Tortillas in an Oven
Another vital option for a busy home chef is the oven.
A microwave might be convenient, but it can also dry out your tortillas and make them tough to eat when they’ve cooled down.
A more traditional method of heating tortillas would be in an oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for just five minutes, turning halfway through so that they are heated on both sides evenly.
This will result in soft yet not overly crisp or stiff as if you fried you them from scratch again.
How to Heat Flour Tortillas on the Grill
Tortillas are an easy food to make, and you can use them for many different recipes.
One of the easiest ways is to heat them on a grill, which is a great summertime option.
To heat flour tortillas on the grill, cover them with aluminum foil and place them at an angle where they are propped up against something holding them in place.
The steam will rise from the bottom of the tortilla to cook both sides evenly while giving it some color and flavor.
Tortillas can also be cooked right over hot coals for about 40 seconds per side or until crispy on one side before flipping crisply onto another area of the grill to continue cooking until done.
This style works best when using thicker corn or whole wheat tortillas, so they don’t break apart too much during this process.
How to Reheat Tortillas in on a Stovetop
You may be wondering how to reheat tortillas in a traditional kitchen.
Well, there are two good ways; on the stovetop or oven.
If you have either of these types of appliances available to use, then it’s just as easy.
With most stoves being electric nowadays, many people elect to reheat tortillas on the stovetop.
Whichever you choose, this will be a quick and easy way for you to prepare your lasagna or enchiladas without having to run out in a time of need.
Just follow these steps:
- Turn up the heat under the pan that is already set over low flame.
- Open a package of your favorite brand of corn tortillas.
- Place one wrap at a time into the hot pan with tongs until they have all been heated evenly. Make sure to avoid overcrowding the pan and make sure to flip them as they heat.
- Remove tortillas from pan with tongs.
- Stack on a plate or in a bowl until ready to use.
Easy Recipes to Try with Warm Tortillas
The following are some of the easiest recipes to try with warm tortillas, and they taste great.
- Hot Tacos: combine sliced beefsteak along with fresh diced onion, then add taco shells and condiments such as cilantro, avocado, and limes to taste.
- Chicken Quesadillas: mix some shredded chicken with fresh chopped cilantro, garlic, and diced green chilies, then add cheese to form a delicious quesadilla.
- Fajitas: Shred the beefsteak or remove it from its shell, combining this with sautéed onions and peppers along with soy sauce. Keep adding meat if you need more filling for your fajita dish.
- Soups: Add tortillas into soup pots so that they can soak up all of the flavors in an effortless way. The best soups to try are Chicken Tortilla Soup, Pork and Chile Verde, or Posole with Tortillas.
- Enchiladas: Cut tortillas in half, then fill them with your favorite ingredients and some shredded cheese. After that, place the enchiladas close to each other so they can be folded together and rolled up into a secure dish. Place one or two eggs on top of the filled tortillas for an extra yummy taste.
- Taco Tuesday: Warm the tortillas in a skillet or on the grill, then add beans and other toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, etc. And if you want even more flavor to add hot sauce.
Reheating tortillas can be a difficult task.
People used to use the microwave can feel like no solution doesn’t result in an unsatisfying taste and texture of the food.
However, we found three methods for reheating tortillas with different results, so you have options when deciding how to prepare your meal this week.
Have you tried any of these methods? What do you think about microwaving or baking them? Let us know what works best for your family.