Avoid burrito blowout with the help of these burrito-folding tips.

By Carl Hanson
Updated October 06, 2020

The burrito is the best food delivery system the universe has ever devised -- when wrapped correctly. You can't just wrap it up all willy-nilly or you'll end up with a dreaded case of burrito blowout.

Here's how to properly fold a burrito. It's easy. But before we fold, there's one key to a properly wrapped burrito: Don't be too greedy with the fillings. It's tough, I know, but resist the urge to overstuff. You can't properly fold an overstuffed tortilla.

With that in mind, a large flour tortilla is a good choice for burritos; corn tortillas are too small and will crack when folded. Let's get to it.

How to Fill and Fold a Burrito

This is how to fill and wrap a burrito in just 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Fill and Fold

Add the fillings to the bottom half of the flour tortilla. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up and over the filling, like so, and pull the filling back toward the bottom third of the tortilla.

Folding Burrito first fold
Photo by Meredith

Step 2: Fold Again

Now make two folds on either side of the large fold. All the good stuff is contained nice and snug inside the fold.

Folding Burrito on two sides
Photo by Meredith

Step 3: Tuck and Roll!

Roll it up! As you go, use the tips of your fingers to tuck and press the filling into a tight cylinder.

Folded Burrito
Photo by Meredith

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