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How to Heat Corn Tortillas

How to Heat Corn TortillasFresh corn tortillas can take any meal to the next level, but have you seen corn tortillas straight out of the package? They are a crumbly mess if you use them as is. We created this article for how to properly warm corn tortillas on the stovetop and in the oven, so this isn’t a problem for you. These methods work for yellow, white, and blue corn tortillas.

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HOW TO HEAT CORN TORTILLAS

Dry-Heat Corn Tortillas

How do you cook corn tortillas so they don’t break? The answer is using dry heat! This method is easy and my preferred way to rewarm corn tortillas. All you need is a flat, warm surface like a cast-iron skillet, and your corn tortillas will come out soft and perfect every time- without using oil!

Set a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add a corn tortilla; cook for 15-30 seconds.

Warm the corn tortilla in a cast-iron skillet for 15-30 seconds.

Flip and cook the other side for 15-30 seconds. You know they’re done when they smell toasty and brown spots appear.

How to prepare a corn tortillas: flip and heat the other side of the tortilla until brown spots begin to appear.

Baked Corn Tortillas

Pop the tortillas in the oven for 10 minutes; they will steam inside the foil, and this is how to cook corn tortillas in the oven to get perfectly soft but durable tortillas for your recipes. However, if you want to make crispy tortillas in the oven, increase the heat and roast them unwrapped for 10 minutes; this is the best way to heat corn tortillas for a crowd!

Preheat the oven to 350° F (176° C). Then, wrap the corn tortillas in foil. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Line foil onto a rimmed baking sheet and set the corn tortillas onto it

Set the tortillas onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Wrap the corn tortillas in foil.

Pan-Fried Corn Tortillas

For crispy and flavorful tortillas, you will want to heat the corn tortillas in oil on the stovetop; this method is also the perfect way to make crispy tortillas or corn tostadas. You will need to cook them longer in the oil until they turn golden brown.

  1. Set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Warm ¼ cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the oil is smoking, add the corn tortilla and cook for 15-30 seconds.Flip and cook the other side, about 10 seconds.
  4. Using tongs, set the tortilla to dry on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  5. Allow some of the excess oil to drain off.

COOKING TIPS

  • To make pan-fried corn tortillas, dry them on a wire rack or paper towels after cooking them.
  •  When making corn tortillas on the stovetop, cook one tortilla at a time.
  •  Immediately add corn tortillas to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat. 

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SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Maybe you already know what you want to make, or perhaps you’re wondering what to do with corn tortillas. Here are a few of my suggestions.

  • Breakfast Tacos
  • Homemade Tortilla Chips
  • Chilaquiles
  • Shredded Beef Tacos
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Instant Pot Carnitas
  • Enchiladas
  • Nachos

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best way to heat corn tortillas for tacos?

The dry-heat method is my go-to way of preparing corn tortillas for tacos. If you happen to be making tacos for a crowd, try oven-baking them instead. Pan-fried corn tortillas are the best method if you’re going for flavor.

How long do you fry corn tortillas?

For best results, fry the corn tortilla for 15-30 seconds, flip, and cook for 10 seconds.

What’s the best oil for frying corn tortillas?

I use avocado oil because of its high smoking point, making it perfect for frying.

Are corn tortillas supposed to be heated?

It’s necessary to warm corn tortillas before eating them because the heat draws out the flavor, and it makes them more durable and less likely to break- better flavor and better texture!

What do you cook corn tortillas on?

Depending on how you prepare the tortillas, here are the materials you will need. To prepare dry-heat and pan-fried tortillas, a nonstick, cast-iron, or stainless steel skillet work best. If you’re baking the corn tortillas, you will need a rimmed baking sheet.

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How to Heat Corn Tortillas

Tressa Jamil
Take your meal to the next level with fresh corn tortillas, we're here to teach our how to heat corn tortillas three ways.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Preparations
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 Corn Tortillas
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup avocado oil, for the pan-fried tortillas

Instructions
 

For the Dry-Heat Corn Tortillas:

  • Set a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add a corn tortilla; cook for 15-30 seconds.
  • Flip and cook the other side for 15-30 seconds. You know they’re done when they begin to smell toasty and brown spots appear.

For Oven-Baked Corn Tortillas:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (176° C). Then, wrap 5 corn tortillas in foil. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Set the wrapped tortillas onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

For the Pan-Fried Corn Tortillas:

  • Warm ¼ cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is smoking, add the corn tortilla and cook for 15-30 seconds. Flip and cook the other side for about 10 seconds.
  • Using tongs, set the tortilla to dry on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  • Allow some of the excess oil to drain off. Then, add the tortilla to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat.

Notes

Cooking Tips: 
  • To make pan-fried corn tortillas, dry them on a wire rack or paper towels after cooking them.
  •  When making corn tortillas on the stovetop, cook one tortilla at a time.
  •  Immediately add corn tortillas to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat. 
 
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 TortillasCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 10mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
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Recipe Rating




Nanie

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Excellent

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I'm glad this was helpful for you.