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How do I keep my corn tortillas from cracking when rolling enchiladas?

Asked by tekn0lust (1851 points ) February 18th, 2008

I’ve tried everything, dipping in hot oil, microwaving in ziplock to keep in the moisture, etc. They still crack on me when I go to roll the filling inside. Maybe I just can’t get them fresh enough I just need to make them myself.

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gooch's avatar

Mine do the same. That is a great question. I honestly don’t think it can be done unless fresh homemade ones are used.

tekn0lust's avatar

I think you are right gooch. Time to crack out the cast iron!

wodowd's avatar

try dipping them in salsa before baking them. It seems to work well for me…

jz1220's avatar

I’ve had similar experiences with phyllo dough, it’s dries out so quickly. What I’ve found that helps is layering one wet paper towel over one sheet of dough, and then repeating. Perhaps that might work for tortillas.

PupnTaco's avatar

Yes to the above. Make them yourself or find a local source and buy them same-day.

nomtastic's avatar

steam them.

tekn0lust's avatar

I finally found the secret to this.

The key is to slowly heat them on a griddle. The trick is to heat the lard in them slowly then to either immediatly roll them or set them in a warming basket until ready to use. Can’t bee too hot or they will turn into tortilla chips.

My tortillas never crack now!

skookum's avatar

ha ha, after many years, i found a solution, i hope that it works for all, i lightly sprayed each tortilla with non-aresole olive oil and placed in a tortilla warmer and let set while i prepared enchilada ingredients, when i got ingredients ready, i put full tortilla warmer in microwave for 20 seconds, turned entire stack and microwaved for another 30 seconds, i then rolled each (commercial packaged) tortilla with enchilada fillings WITHOUT cracking tortillas for the first time ever—WOW—good luck—hope it works for you too

shannyhanm's avatar

For me, the microwave is the way to go. If you don’t have a tortilla warmer, a couple paper towels or clean dish towel will do the trick. You have to work quickly though. For taquitos use a toothpick or two to secure when frying.

bigbri's avatar

Dampen a couple of paper towels… place tortillas between paper towels…. microwave approximately 10 seconds per tortilla. And then check out: http://tortillapress.com
Decent site about tortilla press. Probably has additional information for you.

brucearner's avatar

Wet a microwable plate, place 4 -5 tortillas, and heat on high for 1 minute. Fill and role and keep warm in oven until you have added all ingrediants.

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