How to Heat Tortillas in Tortilla Warmers

by Zora Hughes

An Essential Accessory for Taco Night

Regardless of what you're putting into them, or whether you favor flour or corn tortillas, your tortillas will always be best if they're kept fresh and warm throughout the meal. You could stack them up in a towel in a warm oven, but going back and forth from the table is inconvenient. You're much better off to use a taco warmer: It takes just moments in the microwave or a few minutes in the oven, and then keeps your tacos warm and flexible for up to an hour.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.


  • 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.