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How to Fold a Burrito

How to Fold a Burrito

Last Updated on 12th July 2023 by

Today, I’ll share how to fold a burrito with an effective technique. 

Do you ever struggle with burrito tears or spillage? Well, this guide is for you.

All it takes are three key pointers to remember and a little bit of practice.

To kick things off, let’s chat about the tortilla


Selecting fresh flour tortillas is absolutely crucial. Stale tortillas are prone to tearing when being folded. Plus, fresh tortillas always taste better. So, remember fresh tortillas – the fresher, the better.

Warming the Tortilla

Once you have your tortilla, the next step is to slightly warm it before you add the fillings. Warming the tortilla makes it more flexible and easier to handle, thereby minimizing the risk of breakage. A quick spin in the microwave or a moment on a hot grill is usually enough.


Now, as tempting as it may be to heap that tortilla high with your favorite fillings, restraint is key! 

Overstuffed burritos are a recipe for disaster. 

They become difficult to fold and lead to a less than pleasant, messy eating experience. So keep your burrito fillings balanced!

Now check out our video below, explaining the steps to folding a burrito!

How to Fold a Burrito

  1. Start by rolling the burrito halfway towards the middle. This first step helps to secure the fillings and creates a strong base. 
  2. Next, fold both sides towards the centre while maintaining a firm grip. It’s like tucking in a baby – you want it secure but not too tight. A well-tucked burrito ensures a smooth, spill-free eating experience.
  3. Continue rolling your burrito while keeping it nice and snug. When finished, you should have a tight, compact parcel of deliciousness. It should be evenly rolled and should stay put, even when you let go.

With this technique, you’ll have a burrito that looks picture-perfect and holds up while you’re eating it.

So, to recap:

  • Start by rolling halfway.
  • Fold both sides towards the centre with a firm but gentle tuck.
  • Finish off the rolling process.

There you have it – an easy guide to achieving a perfect, tightly-wrapped burrito every single time. Whether you’re a fan of chicken, beef, or veggie burritos, this technique will work for you.

I hope these tips help your burrito-making (and eating) experience.  

Try it out, and let me know how it goes. I love hearing about your food adventures! 

Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email if you’d like to share your experiences or ask any questions.

Until our next foodie journey together, cheerio!


How can I prevent my burrito from falling apart or the fillings from spilling out?

To prevent your burrito from falling apart, the folding technique is key. Start by placing your fillings in the center of the tortilla, leaving plenty of space around the edges. Fold the sides of the tortilla in over the filling, then fold the bottom of the tortilla up over the filling and tightly roll the burrito, tucking the sides in as you go. To keep it secure, you can wrap the burrito in foil, leaving one end open for eating.

Is there a maximum amount of filling I should put in a burrito to ensure it folds properly?

Yes, overfilling a burrito can make it difficult to fold and more likely to spill or fall apart. As a general rule, aim to fill no more than one-third of the tortilla with filling. This leaves enough space to fold the sides in and roll the burrito without spillage.

What should I do if the tortilla tears while I’m folding the burrito?

If your tortilla tears while you’re folding the burrito, don’t panic. You can patch small tears with a bit of extra filling, like refried beans or guacamole, which can act like a glue. If the tear is too big to patch, you can try doubling up with a second tortilla. For the future, you can prevent tears by warming up the tortilla slightly before you start – this makes it more flexible and less likely to rip.

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