Do you find yourself with ground beef on your shorts more than twice a month? Is your shredded cheese always finding its way down to your floor, commingling with the carpet fibers? Do you, at any time while eating a burrito, pick up a fork? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you, yes you, are bad at folding burritos.
Now now, don’t get angry at me. I mean no disrespect. I was once a burrito novice myself. Through years of practice, meditation and not having enough money to make anything but refried bean burritos for every meal, I became a master tortilla folder. Let’s get started:
- Take your tortilla and put it in the microwave for ten seconds. Warm tortillas fold easier and are much less likely to crack.
- Take your fillings that should be warmed and heat them.
- Put the hot fillings, and any cold fillings, like vegetables and sour cream, onto the tortilla near the edge closer to you.
- Fold the left and right edges of the tortilla in toward the center, covering your fillings. You want them to meet in the middle but not overlap.
- Now, this is the trickiest and most important step. The one that will keep food in and not on you. Using your thumbs, fold the bottom corner of the left and right edges up and underneath. The bottom of the tortilla should form a point.
- Take the pointed end of the tortilla, and being careful not to squish the fillings out, begin to roll the tortilla closed from the bottom up. Be careful to give your fillings enough space so that they are not squished out.
Congratulations! You are no longer a rookie burrito folder. May your fillings remain in place, and may you impress all of your friends and family with these incredible skills. Just don’t go challenging a Chipotle employee or anything, they do this for a living and their burritos are like the size of your head.
Logan Ryan is a senior English major studying creative and professional writing. He began his career at MSU as an engineer and still laughs about it sometimes. He enjoys spending time with his fiancée, playing video games, and cold weather. He can usually be found at his desk doing anything but writing, on his bike, or on a hike. You can follow him @Rogan_Lyan on Twitter.