How to Reheat a Burrito? Ways to Keep It From Getting Too Soggy & Watery
Even if you love eating burritos, reheating them at home can be a difficult task. You’ll either do it perfectly well or the burrito will end up tasting soggy or in pieces. What you need is a soft, not soggy burrito wrap after reheating and this article will show you how to achieve that effectively.
On Reheating Burritos the Right Way
There are a few ways to reheat a burrito in your kitchen. An oven, microwave, skillet, grill, and air fryer.
Ways to Reheat A Burrito
A microwave is considered the most effective way of reheating a burrito. It makes sure that every part of the burrito gets warmed up nice and evenly.
So if you have time, and are patient enough, because the results are definitely worth the wait, follow these steps to reheat a burrito in the microwave.
- Place the burrito on an oven-friendly plate. Press the microwaving settings to heat up the burrito for 60 seconds. You can reduce it by 15 seconds in case the burrito is small. Or increase it by 15 seconds if it’s a large serving. The above step just ensures that the burrito is warmed up and ready for the next step.
- Remove the burrito from the microwave. Don’t forget to use oven mitts if the place is hot. Gently open up the burrito wrap and scoop out the fillings that are most likely to get soggy. This might include fillings that have gotten hot enough like beans, vegetables, and cheese.
- Wrap the half-emptied burrito back and place it in the microwave. Set the temperature of the microwave to the highest heat setting and let it reheat for another minute or so. Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the food, it should be around 165-degrees.
The next option to reheat the burrito is by using the oven. However, not every homeowner has an oven in their kitchen. But if you do, you’re in for a treat because the oven reheats a burrito perfectly!
Another reason why not a lot of people use an oven for reheating, especially when one’s in a hurry to eat, is that it takes not less than 20-30 minutes to reheat even a single burrito.
- Start by preheating the oven to 225-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take the burrito out of the refrigerator and wrap it, though lightly, in foil. The foil ensures that the burrito doesn’t lose all of its moisture while reheating. But also makes sure that the burrito doesn’t stay cold and soggy from the center.
- Place the wrapped burrito in the oven. And set the timer for 30 minutes. This will reheat the fillings and make sure that the burrito stays soft, not soggy inside.
When you’re reheating a burrito on a stovetop, you need to be very mindful of the amount of oil you put on the skillet because it can become too oil and soggy because of it. It’s easy to reheat burrito on a skillet. And it will give you a firm and soft burrito wrap as you expect.
- Coat the surface of the skillet with just a little bit of oil. But before you do, make sure the skillet is hot and ready to go, just like a preheated oven.
- Unwrap the burrito once you take it out of the refrigerator and place it on the skillet. You can do this in two ways. First, unwrap the burrito so that the bottom wrap is covering the full surface of the skillet. Second, put the burrito as if, wrapped, on the skillet. My personal recommendation to you would be to unwrap the burrito. This heats up the filling. And it keeps the wrap slightly crispy and soft.
- Put a lid on top of the skillet to allow proper heat distribution and keep the flame low. An un-wrapped burrito should take around 7-10 minutes.
- If you’ve not unwrapped the burrito, flip it after 5 minutes until it’s cooked on each side.
4. Grill & Air Fryer
A grill will make your burrito slightly crispier than an oven or a microwave. The burnt grilled marks on a burrito can alter the texture of the burrito wrap but in a good way. And it also ensures that the burrito is warm all the way through.
To reheat burrito on a grill, you can refer to the way of reheating burrito on a skillet. However, the only difference between a skillet and a grill is that it takes longer for a burrito to reheat on a grill – 20 to 30 minutes.
Reheating burrito in an air fryer is better when you have to reheat frozen, not refrigerator, burrito. Make sure the burrito defrosts at room temperature for about 15 minutes before placing it in an air fryer.
Preheat the air fryer, and place the burrito as is inside. You can coat the top and bottom of the burrito with a bit of oil to prevent drying. Set the timer to 15-20 minutes. Check the burrito in 10 minutes and then again in 15 minutes. Once the burrito turns golden brown, it’s reheated properly.
The thing about a burrito is that it has plenty of fillings. So it’s made in such a way that you have to make sure all the fillings inside the burrito get reheated properly. Especially at the center will it’s the densest so there is a possibility of heat not being able to penetrate deep enough.
So what’s in a burrito anyway?
While you can make burritos in a variety of ways, it includes beans, rice, meat, cheese, and salsa or sour cream (or both). You can still add other foods in a burrito, and it’ll taste just as good. But these are the basic and popular fillings of a burrito.
Reheating it sounds tough now, doesn’t it? You’re not only heating up the meat which takes slightly longer than rice. But you also have to make sure that the cheese melts and the beans don’t taste too dry or chalky.