Culinary myths and legends have it that burritos taste better the day after and there’s some truth to these myths. Refried beans taste better the day after. The same can be said of chicken or beef. To add to this just about any dish that includes cheese will taste better the day after. The trouble with reheating a burrito comes from the tortilla or wrap. This can easily become soggy if heated in any old way when what you want is a soft wrap. You will also have to bear in mind that burritos include vegetables and sometimes sour cream and guacamole which are very tricky when it comes to the reheating process.
A burrito is a tortilla wrap that can contain a wide variety of fillings. There is usually some sort of meat in a burrito, chicken or beef. Its origin is in Mexican cuisine and it is a very popular fast food item. The tortilla is wrapped into a cylindrical shape folding both ends completely and tightly wrapping all fillings. In addition to the meat, you will find vegetable-based fillings such as salsa, salsa fresca (fresh salsa), guacamole, lettuce, beans, rice and tomatoes. Burritos are also normally flavoured with dairy products such as cheese, crema (a double cream and buttermilk mixture) and sour cream. Burritos are usually made with soft tortillas.
Reheating Burrito in the Oven
Heating burritos in the oven is the preferred reheating method for many burrito lovers. It makes sense. Oven heating can give you a soft tortilla or a little crisp if that’s what you’re into. When heating a burrito in the oven there are a few things to be mindful of. This method will heat everything inside the burrito that includes all vegetables and cold ingredients so you might dislike that about this method. However, you could always open up the burrito and remove the cold ingredients where possible and return them after heating the burrito. You have two options here. You can either wrap the burrito entirely in aluminium foil and place it in the oven as is or you can open up the burrito with the tortilla sitting on aluminium foil. Preheat your oven to 100 degrees Celsius and place the burrito in there for roughly 30 minutes. An open burrito will heat in the oven at 100 degrees Celsius in about 20 minutes. Take your burrito out when time is up and rewrap it if it’s open. If you removed cold ingredients you can return them when wrapping. That’s all you need to do to reheat a burrito in the oven.
Reheating Burrito in the Microwave
Microwaves just don’t get the respect they deserve when it comes to heating food. Hate them or love them they often provide the fastest experience when reheating. Reheating a burrito in the microwave isn’t as simple as whacking it in and turning it on if you want best results. Microwaves can easily turn food soggy. With burritos, you’ve got the added problem of wet ingredients to consider. If you’d like to keep any of those ingredients cold unwrapping and removing is the best bet. To heat your burrito it is recommended to use a 2 stage heating process as with most things when heating in the microwave. Place your burrito in a microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle a few droplets of water on the top of the burrito. This will help you prevent moisture loss in the tortilla. Place the plate in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. After 1 minute take the burrito out, flip it and sprinkle water again. Return the burrito into the microwave for another 1 minute. Allow 30 seconds then test the internal temperature which should be up to 70 degrees Celcius. When reheating food with a microwave if you’re unsure or don’t have a thermometer it is better to heat it then cool it to eating temperature. If you removed wet ingredients you can safely return them now.
Reheating your burrito on the stove may produce better results than the microwave and faster results than the oven. That said it does involve a little bit more work than either method so be mindful of that. It is, however, a very simple method to pull off and you don’t need much save a spatula, a good pan or skillet and a little oil. Place the oil in the pan or skillet and let it heat on medium setting for about 2 minutes. Now place the burrito in the pan whole and closed without foil or any wrapping. Fry on one side pressing down on the burrito with the spatula. Now cover the pan and leave for 5 minutes. Then open the pan and turn the burrito over, press down with the spatula and leave again for 5 minutes. If you have skills you can do this but in 4 steps so your burrito will have sides 4 heated about 2 and a half minutes each.
Not the most popular method because it’s rare for people to just have grills hot and handy for them reheat things but it’s a very good way to reheat a burrito. Same advise applies to wet or cold ingredients as with all the other methods. Grilling also happens to be a really slow method to reheat a burrito so this only works if you happened to be grilling something else and wanted to reheat burritos. It’s best to have your burrito wrapped up in aluminium foil. The most important part of grill reheating burritos is placing the burrito away from direct flame or heat. If you have divided your grill into a hot and warm section this is easy. Place the burrito in the warm sections, away from heat for 30 minutes. Turn it regularly to evenly distribute the heat. Your burrito will be ready to eat.
If you’re huge fan of sour cream or crema in your burrito you may have difficulty getting it out when reheating. Don’t worry about this. They don’t taste bad when heated but they lose their texture very easily and blend into the other ingredients. If you can’t imagine a burrito without either of these it’s best to just add extra after reheating. The method you’re going to use depends on the circumstances at a particular time. Whichever way you choose to go enjoy your reheated burrito.