How to Heat Tortillas

Tortillas taste better—and are easier to work with—when they're warm. Here are three quick ways to heat them up.

Tacos and burritos taste even better when made with a toasty tortilla. Stuffing and rolling them is easier, too: A warm tortilla—flour or corn—is more supple than one straight from the refrigerator. So before you spoon in the beans, vegetables, or meat, use one of these heat-’em-up methods.

Microwave: Need just enough for family dinner—and pronto? Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel or cloth and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Toast: Impart a smoky char and a crisp texture by heating tortillas (a couple at a time) in a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet. Wrap in a dish towel to keep them warm as you go.

Steam: Wrap tortillas in a dish towel and place in a steamer basket over boiling water for 1 minute. Turn off heat and let sit in the pan, covered, for 15 minutes to warm through.

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