Food: Tortilla Hack

With over 6.1 million views, a new viral food trend that claims to revolutionize lunch wraps has taken the Internet by storm.

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With over 6.1 million views, a new viral food trend that claims to revolutionize lunch wraps has taken the Internet by storm. Originating from food blogger and content creator Ayeh (@cookingwithayeh on all platforms), this hack consists of cutting and folding a tortilla into fourths to prevent food spillage.

You must gather at least four ingredients, whether that be turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, anything that would be found in a sandwich is suitable. Carefully make a cut half-way into the tortilla from edge to center so that you are able to fold the tortilla over into four sections. When placing each ingredient into the quarters, it is recommended to put either sauce or cheese in the last section to act as a ‘glue’ so that the other ingredients will not fall out. Once folded, carefully transfer to a pan or press to warm up.  

We wanted to try this trend for ourselves to see if all of the excitement could really live up to its taste. Our first mistake was in the construction of the sandwich: anyone looking to turn this folded sandwich into a meal would be best served by using the extra large “super burrito” sized tortillas, as the regular flour tortilla we used only made about a palm-sized stack when all folded up. The smaller tortilla also made it nearly impossible to fit all of the ingredients in―any overly-excited burrito roller could relate to ingredient mayhem when there just isn’t enough wrap to hold the filling. Aside from the proportional errors, the prep work was easy enough to complete with some gentle forming and careful folding. If you don’t own a sandwich press, we found that a stovetop griddle works just as well if you can find some heavy pan, cast iron or otherwise, to place on top.

After about a minute of cooking on each side, the Chicken/Spinach/Tomato/Cheddar mega wrap was ready for tasting. The melty, cheesy bites were even more scrumptious than advertised, though the food spillage prevention claim was somewhat disputable. While it may seem natural to start at the pointy end of the sandwich (what used to be the center, before it was folded up), doing so compromises the structure of the tortilla; starting from the open, rounded side is a much wiser decision as it leaves the carefully folded sandwich looking and functioning more like a handheld meal. 

While we fell prey to the proportional pitfalls of using a smaller tortilla, the flavor of the wrap compensated for any error we made in the kitchen. Perhaps our mistakes illuminate a virtue of this recipe: even without shape, form, or structure, the ingredients of the wrap are still delicious enough to make a satisfying meal on their own. Where the production of future mega wraps is concerned, one thing is for certain: we’re going to need a bigger tortilla.