Do you love the taste of a delicious burrito but hate how messy it is to eat? Do your best efforts to enjoy one only end in an embarrassing mid-meal disaster? Well, grab a napkin and read on, buddy.
Let’s face it: burritos are gross. They’re messy, they drip all over the place, and you inevitably wind up wearing more of it than you do in your mouth after all is said and done.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not delicious! A good burrito is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Every bite leaves you feeling warm, satisfied, and longing for the next one.
That’s why we’re here to help. After years of diligent research, we’ve discovered all kinds of helpful tips and tricks for making your burrito experience cleaner, less messy, and more enjoyable.
Here are five easy ways to make YOUR next burrito even better without compromising that delicious taste you know and love!
1.) Use a paper towel as an extra tortilla
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s really neat. You start out with your original tortillas – say, two for a standard burrito – and then grab yourself an extra paper towel or three.
Slide the paper towel(s) in between the two tortillas so they form a sandwich. Now your tortillas are nice and sturdy, capable of handling the delicious ingredients you’re about to add without breaking apart.
But why stop there? Once you’ve got your burrito constructed to perfection (and trust us, this technique is well worth the practice) take that extra paper towel and cover the whole thing with it! You can grab one or two more depending on the size of your burrito.
What this does is act as an extra layer of protection, keeping you safe from any rogue dripping sauces or stray vegetables that might otherwise ruin everything. Each bite is nice and neat, easy to eat, and so much less messy!
When it’s all said and done you can just throw the paper towel away – no muss, no fuss!
2.) Preheat your tortillas
This is one of those small touches that can make a big impact. You know how satisfying it feels to peel back the foil after microwaving a plate of leftovers only to discover they’re piping hot? It’s like an amazing mini-reward after waiting patiently for your dinner to finish cooking. Well, that feeling is just as good when it comes to warming up your tortillas!
Take the time before you start building your burrito to pop each tortilla in the microwave on its own for about 10 seconds. Doing so will greatly increase the temperature of the tortilla, making it easier to handle and allowing it to retain more of its original delicious flavor.
This is an especially good idea if your burrito contains ingredients like cheese or sauce, which tend to cool after coming out of the microwave. If you warm up your tortilla first, however, those ingredients will stay at their best temperature for longer!
3.) Freeze your tortillas
Wanna take the above trick one step further? Yeah, we thought you might.
Taking a page out of our old pal Saffron’s book, here’s what you do: make some room for your burrito in the freezer before assembling it. Once your masterpiece is ready to come out of the microwave, gently wrap one or two of its tortillas in a paper towel and stick them in the freezer for a few minutes.
The added time in the freezer will allow them to get nice and cold, which means they’ll be able to retain even more heat when you microwave! It’s just like our trick with the preheating only taken up another notch.
4.) Use a paper towel as an extra sauce receptacle
Speaking of drippage, here’s another trick for you: what do you do when one or two sauces (guac, salsa, sour cream) end up dripping out the bottom of your burrito and straight into your lap?
You could make like everybody else and just lick it off, but you’ve got a better option! That extra paper towel we mentioned earlier is already good for something – why not use it as an easy alternative to the napkins that are always too small?
5.) Throw in some extras!
Let’s be honest with ourselves here – nobody really goes out with the intention of getting just a standard cheese or bean burrito. We all have our favorite ingredients that we really want to try to fit in there, so this is where things can get a little tricky – until now!
All it takes is a bit of extra assembly time and you’re good to go! Just take your original tortilla shell and lay it flat on one of the outer edges of your paper towel. Now, fold that edge in and over to form a kindling shape until you’ve created a sort of mini-burrito shell!
Fill it with whatever extra ingredients you have on hand – veggies, meat, cheese, whatever fits comfortably inside. If there’s any excess tortilla hanging off the side, just fold it over and add a bit more! Then, when you go to microwave your burrito, you can place this little mini-burrito shell into the center while everything else cooks.
As soon as it’s done cooking, take it out of the microwave and carefully slide this second shell off its foil pouch and onto your plate. Voila! You now have a burrito with two shells to separate your ingredients.
Of course, if you want to make more mini-shells at once, feel free – just keep them separated by their aluminum foil pouches and store the extras in an airtight container or plastic baggie for up to three days.