How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells

by Denise Kelly

Whether you're making burritos for Mexican night or making wraps as an alternative to sandwiches, it's helpful to warm soft shell tortillas before using them. Warm tortillas are easier to manage and fold, ensuring that the contents of your wrap or burrito doesn't fall out mid-meal. It is important to gently warm the tortillas and not overheat them. Overcooked tortillas are dry and stiff -- and may crumble when folded. You can heat soft tortillas shells in a microwave or a conventional oven.


Remove the tortillas from the package.

Put the tortillas on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap.

Microwave the whole package of tortillas on high for 30 seconds. Heat for an additional 30 seconds if the shells are still cool. To heat one individual tortilla, microwave on high for 5 to 10 seconds, depending on your microwave's power.

Remove the tortillas from the microwave and cover with aluminum foil until you are ready to use them.


Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the tortillas from their packaging and wrap them in aluminum foil.

Heat the tortillas in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes. If they're still not warm, leave them in the oven for up to 10 more minutes, checking every few minutes to make sure the tortillas don't overheat and dry out.

Remove the tortillas from the oven and keep them wrapped in foil until you're ready to use them.


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About the Author

Denise Kelly is the copy editor for a small publisher in Paris, France. Before that she was a copy editor at daily newspapers, starting in graduate school. She has been writing professionally since 1996. She has a Master of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.