How to Heat up Flour Tortillas in the Microwave

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Enjoy Taco Tuesday faster than ever! When you learn how to heat up flour tortillas in the microwave, you’ll get to eat Mexican food whenever you want.

Whether you want to make soft tacos, fajitas, or breakfast burritos, it’s always best to heat up flour tortillas before you use them. Sure, you could eat them at room temperature. But they taste so much better when they are nice and hot.

Heating flour tortillas in the oven is the most popular way to warm a stack of tortillas, but it’s also the most time-consuming method. You have to wait for the oven to preheat and then watch them to prevent them from getting burned.

The microwave is so much faster and easier. In just a few minutes, piping hot flour tortillas will be ready to make whatever you’re craving.


How to heat up flour tortillas in the microwave

So, now that you know why it’s the best option, let’s look closely at how to heat up flour tortillas in the microwave. These methods are best for large flour tortillas. While you can try them out on smaller corn varieties, the results may vary.

The microwave is the most convenient and fastest way to heat up a bunch of tortillas at once. If you’re making a big batch of tortillas for your family, this will be the way to go!


Use a damp paper towel

Don’t just stack your tortillas on a plate and throw them in the microwave. They will likely dry out, and no one likes dry tortillas.

Instead, spritz a paper towel with a little water and loosely place the damp paper towel on top of the plate of tortillas. The moisture from the paper towels will create a steamy environment, keeping the tortillas soft.

Even better, place one damp paper towel on the bottom of the plate, put the tortillas on top, and cover them with another damp paper towel.


Heat them quickly

This part takes almost no time at all! After they are completely covered, heat them on high for 30 seconds. Check on them – they should be perfectly warm. If you want them to be warmer, heat them at 15-second intervals.


Serve immediately

It’s best to serve them as soon as they are nice and hot! Keep them wrapped in paper towels until you are ready to eat.


Can you heat up raw tortillas in the microwave?

The instructions above are for pre-cooked tortillas. You may be wondering if you can use the same method for raw tortillas, and the answer is, unfortunately, no, you can’t.

I’ll start by saying I’ve never personally tried this, but from what I gather, microwaving a raw tortilla will not cook it. The best way to cook a raw tortilla is on the stovetop using a pan.



Do Flour Tortillas Have Dairy?

Most flour tortillas do not contain dairy ingredients.


How Many Carbs Are In A Large Flour Tortilla?

A typical large flour tortilla (about 10 inches in diameter) contains roughly 36 grams of carbohydrates. To find the exact carb count for your tortillas, refer to the nutrition facts label on the package or consult a reliable recipe source.


Why Are My Flour Tortillas Cracking?

There are several reasons your flour tortillas might be cracking:

  • Dry dough: If your dough is too dry, it may lead to cracking. Make sure you have enough liquid in your tortilla recipe, and brush your rolling surface with water or oil to prevent them from drying out while preparing.
  • Overcooking: Cooking tortillas for too long can make them too crispy and prone to cracking. Keep an eye on them and remove them from heat when they’re still slightly soft.
  • Storing: Store tortillas in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag to maintain their moisture content.

Are Flour Tortillas Leavened?

Flour tortillas are considered unleavened bread because they do not use traditional leavening agents like yeast, baking powder, or baking soda. Instead, they rely on a small amount of fat (usually shortening, lard, or oil) to create a soft, tender texture.


More kitchen resources

Now that you know how to heat flour tortillas in the microwave, here are more resources that will help you become a pro in the kitchen.

Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.