How to Heat Up Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

Feel like having a Mexican dinner? No Mexican food is complete without corn tortillas. Whether you serve them as tacos or turn them into chips, corn tortillas taste great! And what’s even better is that they seldom get stale. So, if you have a few corn tortillas left over, you can easily reheat them and enjoy them again.

Reheating corn tortillas is a piece of cake. In fact, there are three simple and convenient ways to heat up corn tortillas. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about heating up corn tortillas.


How to heat up corn tortillas on a stovetop

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Using a cast-iron skillet for heating corn tortillas is quick and easy. All you have to do is place the skillet on medium heat. Once it is hot, place a corn tortilla on it and let it heat up. Flip it over and wait for a few seconds until both sides are warmed up. Remember that we have to dry heat the tortillas. Don’t add oil to the skillet.

Also, if you are looking for some char on the tortillas, skip the skillet and reheat them by direct contact with the heat. Use tongs for assistance and heat them up on direct stovetop heat from both sides. This is a great way to heat up tortillas, especially if you like them a little bit on the crispy side.


How to heat up corn tortillas in the oven

Corn tortillas

Another convenient way of heating the corn tortillas is by placing them in the oven. However, it takes a bit more time than the other methods, so if you are patient or not in a hurry, this way works great. All you have to do is stack about four to five corn tortillas and wrap them in aluminum foil. Place them in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. It is a good way to heat up the tortillas in large batches.


How to heat up corn tortillas in the microwave

tacos wrapped in corn tortillas

One of my all-time favorite and super convenient ways to heat up the tortillas is in the microwave.  All you have to do is stack about five corn tortillas on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the tortillas with a damp kitchen towel. Place them in the microwave and push start. Check the tortillas after every 30-second interval until they are nice and warm. If you are impatient or in a hurry, this is the way to heat up the tortillas. However, keep in mind that the kitchen towel shouldn’t be dripping wet. It should be damp.

So, the next time you feel like Mexican food, be sure to heat up your corn tortillas with one of the methods described above. Buen Provecho!



Are White Corn Tortillas Gluten-Free?

Good news for you! White corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free, as they are made from masa harina (corn flour) rather than wheat flour. However, be cautious of cross-contamination if you have a severe gluten allergy, and check the packaging for any warnings.


Can You Eat Raw Corn Tortillas?

While raw corn tortillas are technically safe to eat, it is recommended to cook them first, as this enhances their flavor and texture. Methods to cook them include dry-heating on a griddle or skillet to make them more pliable and delicious.


Can You Use Corn Tortillas for Quesadillas?

Absolutely! Add your desired fillings, like cheese, meats, and vegetables, fold the tortilla, and cook it briefly on a griddle until the cheese is melted and the exterior is crispy.


What to Eat with Corn Tortillas

There are endless ways to enjoy corn tortillas! Some suggestions include the following:

  • Tacos
  • Enchiladas
  • Chilaquiles
  • Tostadas
  • Fajitas

What Can I Make with Corn Tortillas and Cheese

A scrumptious and simple dish using corn tortillas and cheese is a classic cheese quesadilla. Just place shredded cheese on a tortilla, fold it in half, and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy


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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.