folded burrito

When folded into a triangle rather than a roll, a burrito is easier to hold.

CASA GRANDE -- Thanks to the internet, I recently learned that for my entire life, I’ve been folding burritos and wraps all wrong.

We make a lot of wraps and burritos in our family, and like others, we generally spread the ingredients onto a tortilla, tuck in the ends and roll the tortilla into a thick-stuffed, cylinder-shaped burrito. Simple.

It seemed unlikely that the technique could be improved upon, but then I stumbled on a video that was trending on TikTok in which a woman demonstrated a technique for folding a tortilla into a triangle, rather than a roll.

By the time I watched the video, it had gone viral and several articles and similar how-tos had popped up in various corners of the internet, and some were describing the new folding technique as “life-changing” and “revolutionary.” Those seemed like strong words to use in describing a burrito, but I decided to give it a try.

The triangle folding technique makes the burrito easier to hold and grill. The ingredients are also better dispersed throughout the tortilla.

After folding, the burrito can be grilled, baked, air fried, cooked in a panini press or browned in a skillet. And while the outer sides of the tortilla become nice and crispy when grilled or fried, the inside folds remain soft and chewy.

Best of all, the folding technique prevents ingredients from falling out of the bottom by keeping things nice and secure inside the tortilla.

To fold a tortilla into a triangle, the tortilla is laid flat on a surface. With a knife or scissors, cut a slit from the bottom of one edge to the center of the tortilla.

Ingredients are then placed in each quarter of the tortilla, or in three quarters of the tortilla, depending on the desired thickness of the sandwich.

To fold, do so in a clockwise direction beginning in the lower left corner of the tortilla. Fold the lower left corner up to meet the top left quarter, then fold both over to join the top right corner, then fold the three corners down, creating a triangle.

It’s super simple.

The tortilla may be grilled, baked, air fried or served as is.

When we made these folded burritos for Simple or Not Kitchen, we made several, including some savory and sweet versions.

The bonus to preparing burritos this way is that folded into a triangle, they fit nicely into a sandwich bag, making it easy to fold up a batch and store them in the refrigerator.

Below are some ideas for filling triangle-folded burritos that we made for Simple or Not Kitchen.

  • Breakfast burrito: Scrambled egg, turkey sausage, cheddar cheese.
  • Pizza burrito: Turkey pepperoni, black olives, whole mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, pizza sauce.
  • Chicken burrito: Sliced chicken, tomatoes, spinach, cheese and ranch dressing.
  • Snack burrito: Peanut butter, sliced bananas, chocolate chips.
  • Strawberry burrito: Strawberry jelly, sliced strawberries, cream cheese, cinnamon.
  • Chocolate burrito: Chocolate chips, cream cheese and powdered sugar.
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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.