A More Effective Way to Fold a Burrito

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    Folding Burritos

    Vegetarian Bean and Rice Burrito
    The Spruce

    We've all experienced it before—we're ready to dive into that delicious burrito only to have it open in our hands, the filling falling to the plate. And you folded it properly! You can avoid this mess by wrapping your burrito a different way, adding one extra fold which will ensure a tight seal. (This technique results in a burrito with one open end.)

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  • 02 of 08

    Prepare the Tortilla

    Prepare the Tortilla
    Leah Maroney

    A typical burrito-sized tortilla is 10 inches in diameter, so you need to make sure you have a generous enough work surface, such as a large cutting board. If you are using a store-bought tortilla straight out of the package, you may want to warm it first because they tend to be stiff and tear easily.

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  • 03 of 08

    Place Your Fillings

    Place Your Fillings on the Tortilla
    Leah Maroney

    Although burrito tortillas are generous in size, don't be tempted to overload with filling. Whether it is chicken, beef, vegetables, and/or rice, how much filling and where you place it on the tortilla will affect how easily the tortilla folds and whether the filling escapes. Start placing the filling on the left side, leaving about 4 inches on the right side. The mound of filling should be 2 to 3 inches wide.

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    First Fold

    The First Fold
    Leah Maroney

    The first fold will be from the right side of the tortilla without the filling (the 4 inches left open). Fold the tortilla where the filling ends toward the center, covering some of the fillings.

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  • 05 of 08

    Second Fold

    The Second Fold
    Leah Maroney

    Bring the top of the tortilla toward the center, folding over the filling. Tuck the edge under the filling for extra support. Rotate the tortilla if it makes it easier (as is pictured).

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    Third "Extra" Fold

    The Third Fold
    Leah Maroney

    This is the extra fold that goes above and beyond standard burrito folding. On the side where you made the first fold, bring the bottom edge of the tortilla (that is not wrapped around the filling) up toward the middle, making a small diagonal fold.

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    Fourth Fold

    The Fourth Fold
    Leah Maroney

    The last fold will close up the burrito. Wrap the final edge over the middle, tucking under the bottom of the burrito.

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    Finished Burrito

    The Finished Burrito
    Leah Maroney

    Let the burrito set for a minute to help the tortilla form around its fillings. Enjoy!