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How To Heat Flour Tortillas

Submitted by: | Source: Chelsie Kenyon -- Mexican food Guide & Grandpaskip

How to Heat Flour Tortillas
2010-09-01 Other
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Most Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants serve up soft, chewy and steaming hot flour tortillas with their dishes. As you bite into the steaming hot tortilla you often wonder how do they get them so soft and pliable? The ones you buy from the store are often stiff and dry and if you heat them up in the microwave, they become rubbery. If fresh tortillas are what you crave, then of course you should make your own. But if your schedule doesn't allow you the luxury of making your own, you an still have delicious tortillas by heating the store-bought ones correctly. Question: How do I heat up tortillas like restaurants do? They make them so soft. Folks often ask this common question. The reason why the flour tortillas at many restaurants are so soft and warm, is that usually they make them right there. If they are using pre-made tortillas, they keep them in a hot, slightly moist place until ready for use. Store bought flour tortillas have lost moisture over time and will become dry or stiff if improperly heated. To re-heat tortillas, they should be lightly steamed so no more moisture is lost.

  • Servings: As many as needed
  • Prep Time: 2 to 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: MICROWAVE -30 seconds to 1 minute, OVEN - 20 minutes
  • Total Time: Depends on method to warm them


1 pkg Store Bought Flour Tortillas
1 Clean, damp dishtowel or damp paper towels
1 Tortilla Warmer, for storing warm tortillas


How to Heat Flour Tortillas:

2 Techniques


Put a tortilla on a plate, covered with a damp paper towel. Alternate tortillas with paper towels. Microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, depending on how many tortillas.


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Wrap a stack of tortillas in a damp dish towel and place in a casserole dish of similar size. Cover with a lid or a piece of aluminum foil tightly on the dish. Place in oven for 20 minutes.

Once the tortillas are heated, transfer them to a tortilla warmer to keep them nice and hot. Or on a plate under a warm damp dishtowel.


Also, the brand makes a difference. Bend the package of tortillas before you buy them, they should not be stiff. Compare the bend ability and the thickness to other brands. Pick them up and bend them. DO IT !! --- aka --- Grandpaskip

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