How To Cook Frozen Burritos in The Microwave (Easy Guide)

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How To Cook Frozen Burritos in The Microwave

Have you ever had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into a scrumptious Tex-Mex burrito? This mouth-watering dish is versatile enough to be savored during any meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. What’s fascinating is that there are countless ways to craft a burrito, catering to all kinds of taste buds.

Don’t get me wrong, dining out and ordering a burrito at a restaurant can be an enjoyable experience, but why not make one at home? The process is a cakewalk, and even if you’re running low on time, you can still relish a burrito by heating up a frozen one in your microwave. Yes, you heard that right!

Let me tell you, cooking a frozen burrito in the microwave is an effortless task, and I’m here to guide you through every step. From the ideal cooking time to the optimal technique, I’ve got you covered. So let’s embark on this culinary adventure!

Can You Microwave a Frozen Burrito?

Yes, you can microwave a frozen burrito. This is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to heat up a burrito. Not only does it take less time than preparing it on the stovetop, but there are also fewer dishes to clean up afterward.

When microwaving a frozen burrito, it’s important to follow certain steps to avoid any potential mishaps. First, be sure to read the package directions before heating up your burrito. Most frozen burritos come with microwave directions that must be followed to ensure they are heated all the way through.

Next, make sure that the burritos are microwaved until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. You can use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your burrito. This will help to ensure that your burrito is free of bacteria and safe to eat.

Although microwaving is one of the quickest methods for reheating a frozen burrito, there is one downside to this method. The burrito could end up quite soggy, depending on the frozen burrito’s ingredients. While some people don’t mind a soggy burrito, others may find it unappetizing.

If you don’t like a soggy burrito, you can always opt for another method such as pan-frying or baking them in an oven.

Pan-frying will give your burritos extra crunch and flavor while baking them will create softer yet flakier textured tortillas with slight charring around their edges. If you have more time on your hands then these alternate methods may be a better option for you depending on how you like your burritos prepared.

How Long Does It Take to Cook a Frozen Burrito in the Microwave?

On average, it takes about 2 -4 minutes to cook one or two frozen burritos in the microwave. However, this can vary depending on the wattage of your microwave, as well as the ingredients inside the burrito.

If you’re not sure how long to cook your burrito for, it’s best to start with 2 minutes and then work your way up in 30-second increments until your burrito has reached an internal temperature of 165°F.

For the best results, make sure to limit the number of burritos that you cook in the microwave at one time. This will help to ensure that all the burritos are cooked evenly.

How to Cook a Frozen Burrito in the Microwave

As mentioned earlier, one drawback to microwaving a burrito is that it can become quite soggy. To avoid this, you can wrap the burrito in a paper towel before placing it in the microwave. This will help to absorb some of the moisture and will also prevent the tortilla from becoming rubbery.

Another way, and perhaps the better way, to heat a frozen burrito in the microwave is by using a microwave crisper pan. This is a special pan designed specifically for crisping up food in the microwave.

Although the result won’t be as crispy as pan-frying or baking, it will still provide a nice crunch to your burrito.

  1. Remove the burrito from its packaging and wrap it in a damp paper towel (this will help to keep the burrito from getting too soggy).
  2. Put the burrito in the microwave.
  3. Set the microwave to high and cook for 2 minutes, then check the burritos.
  4. If the burrito still isn’t heated all the way through, cook in 30-second increments until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°
  5. Discard the paper towel and enjoy your burrito.

If you use a crisper pan, you’ll need to preheat the pan for about 2-3 minutes before placing the burrito on it. Once the pan is hot, place the burrito on the crisper side of the pan and microwave following the same directions as above.

How to Store Leftover Burritos

To help ensure that your leftover burritos stay fresh and delicious, it’s important to wrap them properly. When it comes to burritos, aluminium foil is your best friend. Wrapping the burrito in foil will help to keep moisture from escaping, keeping the contents of the burrito dry.

For added protection, you can also place the foil-wrapped burrito in a plastic bag or airtight container. This will help to keep your burrito fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. To reheat the burrito, simply unwrap it and follow the instructions above.

If the burritos have cold ingredients, such as lettuce or sour cream, you should remove them before reheating the burrito as they will turn soggy in the microwave.

Related: How can you heat up a Taco Bell burrito in the microwave correctly?

What to Serve with Microwaved Burritos

For those of us who are working, and/or too lazy to cook an entire meal, the microwave burrito is a saving grace. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s (relatively) healthy.

But let’s face it, sometimes that burrito gets a little boring. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best things to eat with your microwaved burrito to spice things up.

1. Nachos

Let’s start things off with a classic. Nachos are the perfect complement to your microwaved burrito because they’re salty, they’re crunchy, and they’re easy to make. Just pop some tortilla chips in the microwave for a few seconds and you’re good to go. Add some cheese and salsa for extra deliciousness.

2. Cheese Quesadilla

A quesadilla is like a burrito’s more sophisticated cousin. It’s essentially a burrito without the filling, which makes it the perfect partner for your already-filled burrito. Just throw some cheese and tortillas in the microwave and you’re done.

3. Taquitos

Taquitos are like miniature tacos, which makes them the perfect thing to eat with your burrito. They’re easy to make (just put some tortillas and fillings in the microwave), they’re bite-sized, and they’re full of flavor. Plus, who doesn’t love tacos?

4. Tortilla Chips and Salsa

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Tortilla chips and salsa are always a good idea, no matter what you’re eating them with. The salty chips go perfectly with the spicy salsa, making for a delicious combination. Plus, they’re super easy to make. Just put some chips in the microwave for a few seconds and you’re good to go.

5 .Stuffed Jalapenos

If you’re looking for something a little bit spicier, try stuffed jalapenos. They’re easy to make (just put some jalapenos in the microwave), they’re full of flavor, and they’ll give you that extra kick you need.


So, there you have it! Some tips on how to reheat a frozen burrito without ending up with a soggy mess. Whether you choose to microwave, pan-fry, or bake your burrito, these methods will help to ensure that your burrito is nice and crispy.

Just remember to use a food thermometer and heat the burrito until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. With these methods, you can enjoy a delicious and safe burrito at any time.

By Rosie Elliott

I’m Rosie. I’m a professional chef with experience in Western, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisine. I’ve been cooking for over 15 years, and I have two daughters that keep me busy!