I sometimes make homemade burritos, with a mix of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla, and I reheat the leftovers in my microwave for later meals. By the time the fillings are near the temperature I want, the section of the tortilla on the bottom, specifically the portion in contact with the plate, is soggy and far too hot.

I've had the soggy part actually break open at least once, and touching it for long is painfully hot. Moving it reveals visible water on the plate underneath. The rest of the tortilla stays dry, with the edges sometimes even getting a bit crispy, and is comfortably warm.

Why does this happen, and how can I prevent or mitigate it?

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    Hi Douglas, Welcome to Lifehacks. This might get better answers on a StackExchange site devoted to food preparation such as cooking.stackexchange.com
    – Stan
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 15:50
  • Do you always use the same plate? Is the plate okay for use in a microwave oven?
    – Stan
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 16:52

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I can't get into the physics of it, but here's how it works for me.

Place the burritos evenly (not on top of each other) with space around them and don't use max power. I use about half my microwave's power when reheating.

Heat them for about a minute and let them sit for almost as long. Turn them over and repeat.

My experience is that smaller portions are heated more evenly. And that turning the food items helps distribute the heat better.

Alternately, you can leave some of the fillings in a container overnight and heat the tortillas and the fillings separately the next day. I prefer this method to get a great result.

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    I think they taste much better heated in a frying pan on the stove. I’ve even put them right on the burner with a very low flame and flip them over with tongs.
    – M.Mat
    Commented Nov 23, 2019 at 3:47

If the burritos are reheated, pause the cooking about ⅔ through the reheating time to turn the burritos over and restart the microwave for the remainder of the cooking time.

Turning the burrito over will allow some of the hot juices to be more evenly redistributed thoughout the burrito's contents instead of gathering at the bottom where it absorbs and holds all the heat.

Good luck. Bon appetite.


I make my own burritos with home-made tortillas, and reheat them from room temperature, from the fridge, and from frozen. There are two keys:

  • wrap the burrito in a paper towel. This absorbs any stray moisture instead of your tortilla doing that
  • use less than 100% power. This gives the heat a chance to even out throughout the burrito.

I will occasionally get a cold spot this way, so I need to do it a little longer, but I don't get hot spots, splits, or soggy tortillas.


Place a paper towel on a plate, lay the (empty) tortillas evenly spread in a single layer, and then cover them with more paper towel. As the microwave creates steam, it will be held by the paper towel, and thus the tortillas will be evenly heated, and neither dry nor soggy.

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    Welcome! I am not sure that this answers the question - you are talking about plain flat tortillas, the question is about filled burritos with a soggy bottom. Could you please check and clarify? Thanks!
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 10:19
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    @Stephie, This is my own method. Fillings are added after warming the tortilla. Sorry of this doesn’t answer the brief, but this method does solve the soggy bottom part...
    – Laurent R.
    Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 2:57

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