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How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells

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author image Denise Kelly
Denise Kelly is the copy editor for a small publisher in Paris, France. Before that she was a copy editor at daily newspapers, starting in graduate school. She has been writing professionally since 1996. She has a Master of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Whether you're making burritos for Mexican night or making wraps as an alternative to sandwiches, it's helpful to warm soft shell tortillas before using them. Warm tortillas are easier to manage and fold, ensuring that the contents of your wrap or burrito doesn't fall out mid-meal. It is important to gently warm the tortillas and not overheat them. Overcooked tortillas are dry and stiff -- and may crumble when folded. You can heat soft tortillas shells in a microwave or a conventional oven.

Microwave

Step 1

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Remove the tortillas from the package.

Step 2

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Put the tortillas on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel or plastic wrap.

Step 3

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Microwave the whole package of tortillas on high for 30 seconds. Heat for an additional 30 seconds if the shells are still cool. To heat one individual tortilla, microwave on high for 5 to 10 seconds, depending on your microwave's power.

Step 4

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Remove the tortillas from the microwave and cover with aluminum foil until you are ready to use them.

Oven

Step 1

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Remove the tortillas from their packaging and wrap them in aluminum foil.

Step 3

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Heat the tortillas in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes. If they're still not warm, leave them in the oven for up to 10 more minutes, checking every few minutes to make sure the tortillas don't overheat and dry out.

Step 4

How to Warm Soft Tortilla Shells
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Remove the tortillas from the oven and keep them wrapped in foil until you're ready to use them.

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