It's no secret that Chipotle's burritos are generously portioned. So, you may find yourself with leftovers to take home. If you refrigerate the leftover right away, and keep it in a cool at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, you should have no problem with reheating the burrito. Using the microwave is a fast and convenient method for reheating. Done right, your leftover can taste nearly as good as the freshly made burrito.
Drip a small amount of water along the top of the burrito; just enough to get it moist. Only apply the water to the outer layer of the tortilla.
Place the burrito on a microwave-safe dish, leaving it at the center of the dish in the microwave.
Cook the burrito on high for 1 minute. Turn the burrito over, making sure it's still centered, and heat on high for an additional minute.
When it's done cooking, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the burrito and wait 1 to 2 seconds before removing it. The burrito must be heated to above 165 F. Repeat the process in a few other parts of the burrito to make sure it's cooked evenly through. If necessary, heat for another 30 seconds on high and re-measure the temperature.
Remove the burrito from the microwave and allow it to to stand until cool enough to eat.
Even if your microwave has a rotating tray, the burrito may not heat evenly. Move it at least once during the reheating process to ensure it warms thoroughly.
If you know you will be taking half of your burrito home, consider ordering fewer cold toppings as they may not fare as well through reheating.
Keep a burrito in the refrigerator for no more than 3 to 4 days. Throw it away if it has sat without refrigeration for longer than two hours.
- Purdue University: Microwave Cooking
- The Kitchn: How to Reheat Leftovers in the Microwave
- Huffington Post: The 6 Mistakes You're Making Reheating That Food
- Utah State University: Food Safety and the Microwave
- Good Housekeeping: 11 Surprising Facts and Myths About Microwave Ovens
- Chipotle: Ingredients Statement