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How To Reheat A Burrito

Don’t let a tasty, ever-popular Tex-Mex burrito go to waste! It can be reheated, like most things. I have a few tips for you to reheat your burrito and bring it back to life just like when it was served to you in the restaurant or plated at home.

If you are wondering how to reheat a burrito without it becoming soggy and juices running out from under it, then you have come to the right place.

There are a variety of types of burritos such as mission, California, and Mexican for example, but they all reheat in the same way. No matter what kind of burrito you want to reheat I am going to give you the know-how to do it.

Depending on if you’re looking for the fastest way or the best way to reheat a burrito I am here for you. I am going to cover all the options for the best ways to accomplish it.

 A reheated chicken burrito on a dark wood cutting board with a sprig of rosemary.

Reheating a Burrito Instructions

If you are heating your burrito in the oven, microwave, or on the stovetop you are going to want to open it up beforehand and remove the sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, or anything else you don’t want to be heated.

You won’t be able to get every trace of it all but get what you can out so that it doesn’t get heated up and ruin the taste of your burrito.

Save them on the side so that you can add them back in after the burrito is recooked.

Some burritos may be too wet to unroll so I suggest just reheating them as they are. If you can unroll it without ripping it go for it. Either way, it’s going to be delicious and you will be glad it didn’t go to waste.

If you are looking for a new recipe try out my grilled chicken taco recipe!


The oven is going to give you the best results and is nearly effortless when reheating leftover burritos. It is going to allow for the insides to heat and also bring the crisp tortilla back to life.

Preheat your oven to 350°. While your oven is preheating you want to wrap your burrito in heavy-duty aluminum foil.

This will keep the heat in and warm up the insides without burning the tortilla.

Place your foil-wrapped burritos on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.

When you have about 10 minutes left, remove the foil from the burrito carefully, as it will be hot, and place it back in the oven.

This will allow for the tortilla to crisp up. Remove the burrito once it is reheated. A great way to tell if it is heated is using a food-grade thermometer.

Burritos are typically filled with rice which means that you want to get the inside temperature up to 165°F before you pull it out. Add back in your cold ingredients and enjoy!

Do you know what will go great with this burrito? Reheat some onion rings they will pair very well.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Wrap burritos in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  • Place on a baking sheet and into the oven.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pull out and carefully remove the foil and place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
  • Check internal temperature (should be at least 165°F if it contains rice).
  • Remove from the oven, add in cold ingredients, and Enjoy!

If you’re craving tamales and want to reheat them to perfection, similar to reheating a burrito, wrap them in a damp paper towel and gently warm in the microwave.

For more insights into reheating Mexican favorites, check out my post on reviving the flavors of different dishes.


Reheating burritos on the stovetop is easy and delicious. It’s going to offer you the same crispy outside and bursting inside flavors as when you first bit into it.

Heat your skillet on medium and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add your burrito to the pan and then cover with a lid.

Some say that you should open up the burrito and reheat it that way but I find that makes a mess of a perfectly wrapped burrito.

After 2-3 minutes remove the lid, flip the burrito over with a spatula, and then cover the skillet again. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Continue doing this until it is warmed up all the way through.

Remember if it has rice inside it should be cooked until it is 165°F internally. Remove from the pan, serve, and enjoy all the flavor and crispy tortilla.

How to reheat pizza is another great leftover that you might be doing all wrong I have a post that will show you how to reheat pizza in an air fryer perfectly every time!


  • Heat skillet on medium and then heat up 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Add burrito to the pan and cover it with a lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Flip the burrito over and then recover and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Repeat flipping until it has been reheated through to 165°Fif it has rice in it.
  • Enjoy your spicy Mex-tex or mission burrito!


Using the microwave is going to be the most convenient and fastest way to reheat a burrito. Unfortunately, it isn’t the best way to reheat a burrito as it usually leaves food soggy.

I have a tip that helps you reheat your burritos in the microwave without them becoming a soggy mess. Depending on how wet a burrito you’re reheating will vary the results.

If your burrito is wrapped in foil you will want to make sure to remove it or else you will surely see sparks fly in your microwave.

Place your burrito on a microwave-safe plate with the seam side down.

Here’s my tip, place a damp paper towel over the burrito while you are microwaving, it acts like a blanket and heats the burritos on all sides. Cook on medium for 2 minutes.

Check the temperature inside and then continue you cook for 1 minute at a time checking it until it is t least 165°F inside if it’s a burrito filled with rice.

Try not to overcook it cause you may end up with a tough rubbery tortilla.

Remove from the microwave carefully as the plate may be hot. Serve and enjoy with some delicious pica de Gallo. If you have never made authentic pico de Gallo, try this recipe!


  • Place burrito on a microwave-safe plate (make sure to remove the foil if it is wrapped in it).
  • Drape the burrito with a damp paper towel.
  • Cook on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Continue cooking for 1 minute at a time until you reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Carefully remove from the microwave and ENJOY!

Reheating burrito methods pros and cons

OvenCrispy tortilla,
Easy and hassle-free
Takes longer
Stove-topCrispy TortillaHarder to reheat the inside
MicrowaveFast and convenientCan become soggy


Can you eat a burrito the next day?

As long as the burrito didn’t sit out for more than 2 hours and was stored correctly the USDA says that it is safe to eat.
You don’t want to eat a burrito after it has been in the fridge for more than 3 days, it should be tossed out at that point.

How do you reheat a burrito without it getting soggy?

The best way to reheat a burrito without it getting soggy is by wrapping it in heavy-duty foil and baking it in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes, removing the foil once you have bout 10 minutes left.

A reheated chicken burrito on a dark wood cutting board with a sprig of rosemary.

How To Reheat a Burrito

How to reheat your leftover burrito in 3 different ways. In the oven, microwave, and on the stove. Follow along and bring your leftover burrito back to life!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican


  • Burrito


Oven method

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Remove the sour cream, guacamole, or lettuce that might be in your burrito and set aside.
  • Wrap burrito in heavy-duty aluminum foil, place onto a baking sheet, and into the oven.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes and then carefully remove the foil and place it back into the oven for 5-10 minutes to crisp the tortilla.
  • Once it reaches 165°F internally remove carefully from the oven, add in the fresh ingredients, and serve!

Stovetop method

  • Heat a skillet on medium-low heat, add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and heat up.
  • Place your burrito into the pan and cover with a lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip the burrito with a spatula and continue to cook covered for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Continue checking the internal temperature and adding the cooking time until you reach 165°F.
  • Add sour cream and guacamole, serve and enjoy!

Microwave method

  • Remove burrito from foil if needed.
  • Place on a microwave-safe plate and drape a damp paper towel over the burrito.
  • Cook on medium for 2 minutes. Check and then add one minute at a time checking the temperature internally after each minute.
  • Carefully remove from the microwave once the internal temperature has reached 165°F
  • ENJOY!


Serving: 1g
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