How to Keep Tortillas from Breaking

Learn how to keep your tortillas from breaking, and turn them into pliable, tasty tortillas.

Yes, unfortunately our tortillas turned out like the ones on the left in the photo above. As you can see, we ended up eating a chicken enchilada casserole for dinner that night. I’ve determined that warming tortillas in the oven and microwave don’t work very well for folding corn and gluten free tortillas.

However, as you can see in the photo on the right, I had far more success using the quick, easy steps included below.

Use these quick, easy options to make flexible, delicious tortillas:

Traditional – Heat a small skillet of oil or enchilada sauce over high-heat. Cook tortillas on both sides for 5-10 seconds. Transfer tortillas to paper towel and dab with paper towel to remove excess oil. Stuff with enchilada mixture, roll-up and place folded side down in pan.

Fast and Easy – Heat a small skillet of oil or enchilada sauce over high-heat. Cook one side of the tortillas for 5-10 seconds. Transfer tortillas to paper towel oil side down; stuff with enchilada mixture, roll-up and place folded side down in pan.

Low Fat – Use a pastry brush to lightly brush both sides of tortillas with extra virgin olive oil or enchilada sauce. Heat up an empty small skillet; cook both sides of tortillas for 5-10 seconds on high-heat. Transfer tortillas to paper towel; stuff with enchilada mixture, roll-up and  place folded side down in pan.

Fat Free – Heat an empty small skillet. Cook both sides of tortillas for 5-10 seconds on high-heat. Transfer tortillas to a plate, stuff with enchilada mixture, roll-up and place folded side down in pan.

I enjoy using these quick, easy options with my favorite Mexican recipes.

Although oil and enchilada sauce are not essential, I do believe they add a meaningful difference to the finished dish. Cooking tortillas in oil before baking also causes the tortillas to absorb less enchilada sauce, and prevents tortillas from getting soggy.

Please note the oil and enchilada sauce add flavor and calories to the tortillas.

Gluten Free Cooking Tips
Learn more helpful quick tips about cooking gluten free.

Gluten Free Chicken Enchilada Bake
This incredible meal includes chicken, corn tortillas and a deluxe cream cheese filling. Not only is it simply divine, it’s also fairly simple to make.


2 Responses to How to Keep Tortillas from Breaking

  1. Pingback: Traditional Gluten Free Chicken Enchiladas | GlutenRight

  2. Instead of rolling tortillas, we have long since served them flat, in layers. First, dip a tortilla in hot oil or other desired liquid, place on plate, add layers of desired cooked ingredients and enchilada sauce, another tortilla and repeat – two, three or four layers. Often surrounded with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Often then topped with fried egg(s). Famous at our house! (Check enchilada sauce for ingredients – yes, some brands are gluten-free!)

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