How to Heat Tortillas in Tortilla Warmers

by Zora Hughes

Heating tortillas in a tortilla warmer is one of the easiest ways to keep them warm for dishes such as chicken fajitas or ground beef soft tacos. For corn tortillas in particular, it also keeps them pliable, making them easier to wrap around a filling. Many tortilla warmers are made for use in the microwave, although you can find versions that are also oven-safe as well. Both types of tortilla warmers trap heat inside and you can place it on the table, alongside the rest of the meal, which allows you to keep the tortillas warm throughout mealtime.

Line your tortilla warmer with paper towels and place a stack of tortillas inside, one at a time, to prevent sticking and to allow heat to pass between them.

Place a microwave-safe tortilla warmer in the microwave and heat on high for about 15 seconds for every 4 tortillas. Continue microwaving in 15-second intervals, if necessary until the tortillas have warmed to your liking. Keep in mind that corn tortillas take slightly longer than flour tortillas to warm.

Remove the tortilla warmer from the microwave, but keep the lid on. You can place it on the table on a trivet so people can grab a tortilla as they need it. Tortilla warmers can typically keep tortillas warm for up to an hour.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels


  • You may need to place a piece of parchment paper between each tortilla in the tortilla warmer if they seem particularly sticky.
  • If your tortilla warmer is made from ceramic or other oven-safe material, you can place it in the oven to warm the tortillas, at up to 325 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the tortillas are sufficiently warmed.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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