How to Keep a Burrito Hot for Lunch

by Erica Roth

Lunches on the go do not have to mean you are stuck eating another boring sandwich. Spice up your lunchtime literally and figuratively with a burrito. Whether you prefer beans, rice and meat or a breakfast burrito filled with eggs, cheese and potatoes, a burrito provides you with enough protein to help you carry out your day. Keep your burrito hot until it's time for lunch to avoid the risk of food-borne illness and to please your palate.

Fill a tea kettle with water and set it on the stove to boil as you prepare your burrito. Pour the boiling water into an insulated thermos and secure the lid.

Omit ingredients such as salsa, guacamole or sour cream, as these will cause your meal to cool prematurely. Pack these condiments in small, airtight containers; dress your burrito as desired when you eat your hot lunch.

Fold your burrito snugly after filling the tortilla to keep the warm ingredients tight against one another. A loosely-wrapped burrito allows in air, which will cool down the filling before lunchtime.

Wrap your folded burrito tightly in aluminum foil.

Pour out the boiling water from your thermos and place the wrapped burrito into the thermos' cavity immediately before the heat escapes from it.

Place the accompaniments for your burrito into an insulated lunch bag -- made from a vinyl or plastic-like material rather than paper or cotton -- with an ice pack to keep them cool. If you do not have a thermos, carry your burrito lunch in an insulated lunch bag with separate sections to keep your meal hot and the condiments cold.


  • Buy tortillas with a smaller diameter to fit them more easily into your thermos.

About the Author

Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.