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4 of the Best Tortilla Hacks from the Experts

Oct. 18, 2021

These four tortilla hacks will give you insight into the endless possibilities of delicious tortillas. From freezing to camping, find out how you can make the most of your tortilla supply.

Can I freeze tortillas? How should I warm them up again? What else can I do with the rest of this package? If you’ve found yourself pondering these questions at your kitchen counter, you’re not alone. Here at Mission, we know that making the most out of our delicious tortillas is a priority for every home cook. We’ve rounded up four of the best tortilla hacks around to maximize the potential of these delicious pantry staples.

Freezing Tortillas

Tortillas are a delicious staple that can take a meal from bland to delicious, so it’s good to always have some on hand. Rather than purchasing new packs every week, buy in bulk and freeze! Both flour and corn tortillas can last 6-8 months in the freezer, so go ahead and store several packages of your favorites. Think ahead to how you’ll use the tortillas once defrosted; if you plan to use the whole package at once, you can place the entire thing in the freezer and be done. If, however, you plan to use just a few at a time, use this hack: place a piece of parchment paper between each tortilla, then stack and put them back in the package for freezing. The parchment inserts will make it easy to separate the exact number you need down the road! Make sure to give your tortillas time to thaw in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then use just as you would a fresh batch.

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Want to put your new frozen tortilla hack to the test? Freeze our Carb Balance Soft Taco Whole Wheat Tortillas with parchment inserts to use in the upcoming weeks for school lunches; take one or two out to thaw at night, then assemble these kid-approved Turkey Apple Cheddar Wraps the next morning for something quick and healthy.

Warming Tortillas – Method Matters

Whether you start with fresh or frozen tortillas, a warm bite always tastes better. Choosing how to warm your tortillas will make a difference for the final product, so take notes on this tortilla hack. The most important thing to remember here for any method is moisture. The quickest and easiest way to warm tortillas is in the microwave; to keep the moisture and avoid a rubbery final product, stack no more than 5 tortillas with a damp paper towel on top, then microwave for 45 seconds. For a slightly fluffier texture, warm tortillas in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil (sprinkled with a little water first!) at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of a crisp, the stovetop is your best option! Place a tortilla in a skillet and heat on low for 1-2 minutes on each side. Crispy tortillas work best in recipes like these flavorful Chorizo and Chicken Tostadas, so keep this hack in mind to get your tortillas from freezer to table in no time!

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Use Tortillas for Dessert

Most people reserve tortillas for Mexican classics, sandwiches, and breakfast burritos. While these are the quintessential favorites, try this tortilla hack next time you’re seeking inspiration for those final tortillas in the package: dessert! Whether you use corn or flour tortillas, crispy or soft, your dessert creations will shine using our Mission ingredients. Looking for a guaranteed winner to try first? Our Fruity Dessert Tortillas combine the fresh goodness of berries and cream with our Better for You Organic Whole Wheat Tortillas to make a dessert that the whole family will enjoy.

Travel with Tortillas

If you’ve ever tried to pack a loaf of bread into a box or bag, you know that its chances of surviving un-squished are slim. Next time you travel, pack the tortillas instead! Whether you’re camping, assembling a snack bag for your upcoming flight, or just heading for a weekend picnic at the park, tortillas can serve as your “bread” option without the squishing! You’ll be amazed to discover that all of your favorite classic recipes are just as delicious (if not far better) with tortillas. Try these decadent Peanut Butter, Banana, and Honey Street Tacos for a fun twist on classic PB&J, or these Mini Nutella Quesadillas for an enticing travel snack; both use our perfectly-portioned Street Tacos Flour Tortillas, so you’ll have lots of room leftover to pack other flavorful treats.

Whether you’re using tortillas in your favorite Mexican meal or for a quick afternoon snack, these tortilla hacks will help you freeze, reheat, and create like a pro!


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