How to cook raw tortillas

Raw tortillas are uncooked, fresh tortillas that can be cooked at home. They are becoming increasingly popular, as people prefer them to traditional pre-cooked ones due to their freshness and flexibility. Cooking raw tortillas at home may seem intimidating at first, but it is relatively simple when you know the steps involved. In this article, we will guide you through the process of cooking raw tortillas.

Section 1: Preparation

Before you start with the cooking process, you need to prepare the equipment needed.

Equipment Needed

  • Skillet or griddle – Having a skillet or griddle is necessary for cooking raw tortillas. A comal can also be used.
  • Tongs – You will need tongs to flip the tortillas while they cook.

Tips for Preheating Your Skillet or Griddle

Preheating your skillet or griddle is essential and helps ensure an even cook on each side of the tortilla. To preheat your skillet or griddle:

  1. Place it over medium heat and allow it to warm up for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle a few drops of water onto the surface; if they sizzle away quickly, your skillet is ready.

Section 2: Cooking

Now that you have prepped your equipment, let’s move on to the actual cooking process.

Preparation of Tortillas For Cooking

When working with raw tortillas, it’s important to minimize excess moisture before cooking them because this can lead to unevenly cooked spots or worse – burnt spots.

To prepare your tortillas for cooking:

  • Take them out of the packaging and lay them flat on a tray.
  • The goal is to make sure there isn’t a lot of moisture left on the surface of each tortilla. Use paper towels to blot any excess moisture by gently pressing down on each one.
  • Allow them to sit out before cooking so that they reach room temperature.

Cooking Process

  1. Place a tortilla on the skillet or griddle.
  2. Cook for 30-60 seconds (depending on the heat setting) until bubbles start to form and the bottom side begins to brown.
  3. Using tongs, flip over the tortilla and cook for another 30-60 seconds, or until the other side starts to brown too.
  4. Once finished, immediately remove from pan and stack them on a plate.

Tips for Ensuring Even Cooking & Avoiding Burning

  • Set your skillet or griddle to medium-high heat – it should be hot enough for the tortilla to sizzle when you place it onto it but not so hot that it burns immediately.
  • Keep tortillas at room temperature before cooking – this helps ensure even cooking by making sure each one is warmed up evenly before being put onto the skillet or griddle.
  • Watch your tortillas carefully while cooking – this helps ensure they don’t burn or become too crispy.

Section 3: Serving

Now that you have cooked your raw tortillas let’s discuss serving options.

Brief Overview of Serving Options

Raw Tortillas can be served in many ways. Some popular serving options include:

  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Fried Tortillas
  • Enchiladas

Tips for Keeping Cooked Tortillas Warm

When dealing with several batches of cooked raw tortillas:

  1. Preheat an oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius).
  2. Wrap your cooked tortillas in a clean towel and place them inside.
  3. The towel will help maintain heat, ensuring that your tortillas remain warm and soft.


Cooking raw tortillas at home is simple and rewarding once you know how to do it right. By following these steps, you can make deliciously fresh tortillas right in your own kitchen. Remember to keep a close eye on the heat and moisture levels so that you can achieve perfectly cooked tortillas with each batch. With these tips, you are well on your way to becoming an expert at cooking raw tortillas like a pro!


  1. Q: What’s the best technique to cook raw tortillas? A: There are different ways to cook raw tortillas, but a popular method is to heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, and place the tortilla on it for about 30 seconds until it starts to bubble up, then flip it and cook for another 30 seconds until both sides have brown spots.
  2. Q: Can I use a microwave or oven to cook raw tortillas? A: Yes, you can. To cook them in the microwave, you can wrap them in a damp towel and microwave them on high for about 30 seconds; if you want them crispy, you can remove the towel and put them in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes until they’re golden brown.
  3. Q: How do I prevent raw tortillas from sticking to the pan? A: To avoid sticking, make sure your skillet is hot enough before placing the tortilla on it, lightly oil the surface or use cooking spray, and don’t overcrowd your pan so that each tortilla has enough space to spread out.
  4. Q: What are some delicious fillings I can use with my cooked raw tortillas? A: The beauty of cooked raw tortillas is that they’re versatile and can be filled with almost anything – from classic options like chicken fajitas, beef tacos, grilled veggies or refried beans; to more exotic fillings such as shrimp ceviche, peach salsa or BBQ pulled pork. Let your taste buds lead the way!

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