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Can You Freeze Burritos?

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There’s very little doubt that fresh, homemade burritos are to die for. Loaded with a range of ingredients and packed with flavour, burritos make a filling lunch or dinner.

One drawback of making burritos is that it can take a while to prepare and cook your fillings, so it’s not always a quick and easy meal option.

But what if you make your burritos and freeze them ahead of time? Will they still be delicious? Let’s take a look now.

Can You Freeze Burritos?

Yes, you can freeze burritos for up to 3 months. There are some ingredients that you should avoid loading your burritos with if you plan to freeze them. You will also need to make sure they’re tightly wrapped and protected from freezer burn. 

Do Burritos Freeze Well? Sometimes

Can You Refreeze Burritos? No

How to Freeze Burritos

Freezing burritos is actually a remarkably simple process. Below are the necessary steps you need to follow to freeze them safely:

  1. Cool
    Ensure all of the ingredients you place in your burrito have cooled completely before you wrap and freeze them. If your burritos retain any warmth, they will go soggy.
  2. Wrap Tightly
    Once you’re happy that your ingredients have sufficiently cooled, fill your burritos and wrap them tightly. You might have to slightly underfill them to ensure the ingredients don’t fall out.
  3. Cover With Foil
    Place your wrapped burritos in tin foil and ensure it’s tightly wrapped. Make sure there are no cracks or tears in the foil, as this will cause your tortillas to harden.
  4. Place in a Box
    Line your wrapped burritos in a freezer-safe box, before placing the lid on top.
  5. Label and Freeze
    Write today’s date, as well as the use-by date of the burritos on the top of the box. Remember, you can freeze burritos for around three months.

3 Tips for Freezing Burritos

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing burritos to have the best results:

  • Avoid Certain Ingredients – If you’re freezing burritos, don’t include sour cream, avocado, or any type of soft cheese in your recipe. These don’t freeze overly well and can cause your burritos to go soggy. Using ingredients that are high in protein and low on sauce (like chicken or beans) should be the main filling of frozen burritos.
  • Heat Tortillas Before Wrapping – Heating your tortillas in the microwave for around ten seconds is a great way to make them super flexible and will help you when wrapping them around the core ingredients of your burrito.
  • Don’t oOverfill – Leave a little more space than you ordinarily would in your burrito if you plan to freeze it. This will allow for expansion during the freezing process, and will make it easier to wrap your burritos.

How Long Can You Freeze Burritos?

You can freeze burritos for around three months.

We wouldn’t recommend refrigerating your burritos before freezing them. It’s better to get them in the freezer when they’re nice and fresh. This will prevent them from going soggy and will guarantee their freshness when you’re ready to defrost them.

You Can Freeze Burritos for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Burritos?

To defrost burritos, you will need to remove them from the fridge the night before you plan to enjoy them, placing them in the fridge. You can then reheat them in the oven for around 10-15 minutes, or reheat them in a pan, which will help them go crispy.

While it’s possible to defrost burritos in the microwave, we wouldn’t recommend it. If you defrost them in the microwave, they’re likely to go soggy.

Can You Refreeze Burritos?

While it’s safe to freeze burritos that have been properly defrosted in the fridge, it’s not the best idea. Given the range of fillings, they’re likely to affect the texture of your tortillas when frozen more than once.

If you don’t think you will be able to eat a whole burrito in one sitting, consider slicing them in half before wrapping them in foil and freezing. This way, you don’t have to worry as much about wastage, and can remove an appropriate serving at any given time.

Do Burritos Freeze Well?

Burritos don’t freeze super well, and you need to be careful what ingredients you include. Soft ingredients with a high moisture content, and most dairy (other than hard cheese) should be left out of your burritos, and you will need to be careful about certain vegetables, too.

But if you’re careful and add many of the ‘problem’ ingredients once your core burrito has been defrosted, you shouldn’t encounter any issues during the freezing process.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing burritos or burritos in general, then these may help:

What Do You Wrap Burritos in to Freeze Them?

We would actually recommend wrapping burritos in two layers to keep them well protected. Wrap them in an initial layer of clingfilm followed by a layer of foil. This will work well for keeping them airtight and protected in the freezer.

Can You Freeze Burrito Bowls?

You can freeze burrito bowls but they will take up quite a lot of room and are very fragile so be careful when doing so.

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