If you love tortillas, you understand how hard it is to throw leftovers of your favorite dish. Moreover, a fridge is not always a good decision when it comes to storing tortillas for more than a few days. But we have good news for you! 

Now you can feel free to store stacks of tortillas in the freezer for later use. Follow the tips and tricks mentioned in this article, and enjoy fresh tortillas any time you want to treat yourself or your loved ones to something delicious.

Can You Freeze Tortillas?

Yes, both corn and flour tortillas can be easily frozen without changing their quality.

If you have tortillas that need to be stored, take them out of their original packaging and freeze them by putting parchment or wax paper between each tortilla. Press out the air from a freezer bag to keep them fresh and freeze them for further use. 

How to Freeze Tortillas? (Corn Tortillas, Flour Tortillas)

The process of freezing tortillas is pretty simple. However, there are several things you should consider when storing them in a freezer: 

  • seal an opened package of tortillas before freezing if it has been opened previously; 
  • transfer the tortillas into a Ziploc bag if their original package can’t be sealed; 
  • if you want to freeze room temperature tortillas, you have to place them in the fridge for a few minutes first;
  • squeeze out any excess air before sealing tortillas and placing them in the freezer. 

Meeting these tips will help you to freeze tortillas correctly. But keep in mind that the longer you store them in a freezer, the worse their quality will be. Label and date the package before placing it in the back of the freezer to be aware of the time you froze your tortillas.

There is no difference between freezing corn and flour tortillas. Still, you have to ensure they are not warm before placing a package in the freezer.

Otherwise, you risk getting a pack of tortillas with ice crystals due to room-temperature tortillas having more moisture in them.

How to Defrost Frozen Tortillas Quickly?

The process of defrosting tortillas also requires meeting some requirements. Thus, if you’ve frozen a package of tortillas, you need to let them thaw on the side first.

It will take you an hour on average to defrost tortillas that way, but consider the thickness of your tortillas before following this method. The thicker they are, the more time the defrosting will take.

Some people recommend setting frozen corn or flour tortillas in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days until they are completely defrosted. Then, you can feel free to use them for cooking delicious burritos, tacos, nachos, chips, etc. This option requires more time, but still, it is one of the best options for defrosting tortillas.

Another effective method is to defrost corn tortillas in the toaster.

To carry out this trick of a famous Chef David J. Alvarez, you need to place two completely frozen tortillas in each toaster slot for 1-2 minutes. Follow this tip to get soft and steamy tortillas at any time. 

There is also one more trick of making frozen tortillas fresh, but it is not as good as previous options. This defrosting method implies heating frozen tortillas in a microwave. That might sound great, but in practice, your tortillas might tear or mush together if you defrost them rapidly.

How Long Will the Frozen Tortillas Last In a Fridge?

The good news is that frozen tortillas can last up to 8 months!

Sounds great, isn’t it? However, consider that the longer you keep them in a freezer, the worse their taste is. Therefore, it is better to use tortillas as soon as possible so that they save their flavor, taste, and structure.

Make sure you have frozen your tortillas following all the mentioned tips. Thus, you will be able to enjoy delicious food even months after freezing them. But if you need to store tortillas for a short time, it is better to use a fridge.

When it comes to storing tortillas in the fridge, the shelf life of this product decreases from 8 months to 10 days. You can put your leftover tortillas in the fridge if you plan to eat them soon. However, take into account that they will not be even close to as delicious as fresh ones.

Can You Freeze Tortillas Dough?

Yes, you can freeze uncooked tortillas dough and use it for cooking your favorite tacos or burritos after defrosting.

First, shape the dough into golf ball-sized round balls before freezing. Then, put these balls in a lined baking sheet and cover to let them freeze until setting hard.

Thus, its consistency and quality will be preserved for a long time. If you freeze your homemade tortilla dough that way, you will always have everything necessary to cook fresh and tasty tortillas for your family and friends!


Now, when you’ve learned how to freeze tortillas to keep them as tasty as fresh ones, you will always have a package of tortillas in handy. Even if you are not a big fan of tortillas, it’s good to have a few of them in a freezer to treat your family or guests to delicious nachos, burritos, tacos, or any other popular Mexican dish.

Use the tricks mentioned in this article to enjoy tortillas at any time within eight months after freezing. Save money and time on going to the store by defrosting a needed amount of tortillas in just a couple of hours.