Tortillas are widely used meal supplementary all around the world. They have different names in different languages and the usage vary from culture to culture.
Since tortillas are used quite often, it is amazing how many people still don’t know how to warm tortillas at home.
This article will help you discover some of the common kitchen methods through which you will be able to warm your tortillas perfectly. You will discover the method that might help you feel proud when you have unexpected guests.
There are two different types of Tortillas widely used i.e. Flour or Corn. We will discuss each type separately so as to enlighten you on the relevant methods of warming them up. Let’s begin by first discussing how to warm flour tortillas and how you can keep them warm for a long time.
Chef’s Way of Warming Up Flour Tortillas!
There are three different ways that allow you to warm up your flour tortillas using the basic kitchen appliances. Be ready to feel like Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver equipped with the methods described below:
Using Stove and a Pan
The easiest technique to show-off your skill of warming up flour tortillas is to use a stove and pan. Just turn on the heat of your stove to medium and warm a non-sticky pan over it.
Once the pan is completely warm, place your flour tortilla for 30 seconds and press it with Spatula and then turn the side and do the same.
Using a Microwave to Warm Tortilla
If you are too lazy to use a stove and pan, then we suggest you use a microwave. Simply wrap your flour tortillas in aluminum foil sheet and place it in microwave.
To get perfectly warmed up tortillas, it is advisable to use the microwave for short bursts of 30 seconds until the tortillas are perfectly warmed.
Update: We have noticed some accidental incidents on the application of this method. So, We do not recommend this now.
Warm By an Oven
Even when warming flour tortillas, you can give yourself a feeling of being a professional baker by using an oven. Wrap up your flour tortillas in aluminum foil and put it into the preheated oven of 350 Fahrenheit for 2 minutes.
How To Warm Corn Tortillas Like a Pro!
Corn tortillas generally require a little bit more time to warm up than flour tortillas. However, the main difference is that you can warm up your corn tortillas in a toasty and crunchy manner.
The easiest way to do so is with the help of tongs. Just turn on your gas stove to low-medium and place the corn tortilla directly on it.
Keep flipping the sides after every 15 -20 seconds so that the tortillas are not burned.
As soon as black burn marks start to appear and you smell the toasty fragrance, it is the indication that your corn Tortilla is ready to serve.
Remind yourself of the color and smell of perfectly warm tortillas that you have eaten elsewhere. This will help you to take the tortillas off the stove at the exact moment.
The key point here is to be cautious and focus on your tortillas, because they are on direct flame. Even a little distraction can result in a burned tortilla rather than a warm one.
A quick tip to warm up old tortillas is to spray water on it before warming it up. If you wet an old Corn or Flour Tortilla to warm it up, it will turn out to be perfectly warm and fresh.
You can also use the microwave and oven methods described above for flour Tortillas. However, you need to warm corn Tortillas a little more than flour tortillas to give it a perfectionist touch. Some people use oil to warm up their corn tortillas, which I would recommend only in case you are warming up your corn tortillas on a cast iron skillet.
General Tips to Keep in Mind When Warming Up Tortillas
How To Use a Tortilla Warmer
A nice tortilla warmer always proves to be of immense help during your meals. If used properly, the tortilla warmer will keep supplying you warm tortillas till the end of your meal.
A few steps are highlighted below to help you effectively your tortilla warmer. And the good thing is, they are equally good for both Flour and Corn tortillas:
The above instructions are fairly simple and serve as a checklist to enjoy warm tortillas during your meals.
The Main Takeaways
Warming up tortillas is not rocket science and you can do it perfectly even if it is your first time. Just follow the instructions and keep the general tips in your mind as they will enable you understand how to keep tortillas warm. This way, you can enjoy perfectly warmed tortillas in your meals.
Should you consider the above tasks daunting, just scratch the entire thing and find a nice tortilla warmer that will do the work for you.