How Long Do Tortillas Last?

How Long Does Tortillas Last?

How long do Tortillas Last? The shelf life of tortillas depends on the best by date, the processing and how they are stored. Tortillas, a Spanish word meaning "torta" or little cake, are typically grilled on the stove top and consist of flour or corn, oil, and salt. Tortillas are gaining more and more popularity throughout the world as the variety of ingredients and variations have also grown rapidly in the last few years.

So, how long do tortillas last? When properly stored, unopened packages last for the time periods beyond their best before dates as indicated in the table below:

Tortillas Expiration Date

(Unopened) Pantry Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Flour Tortillas last for 1 Week 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
Corn Tortillas last for 7-10 Days 6-8 Weeks 6-8 Months
Spinach Tortillas last for 1 Week 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
Whole Wheat Tortillas last 1 Week 3-4 Weeks 6-8 Months
Homemade Tortillas last 2-3 Days 5-7 Days 6-8 Months

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But, like many other products, tortillas usually have a best by date which is simply the last date by which a manufacturer will vouch for a product's quality, not its safety. Because of this distinction, you may safely eat them after the best by date has expired, according to the above table, if they have been stored properly.

How to tell if Tortillas is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food born illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your packaged tortillas have expired and gone bad.

Since different companies use different preservatives, there is variation in how long they last. Tortillas, which begin very pliable, will begin to get stiffer when they are getting old. You can tell if tortillas have gone bad if you notice any spots of mold on their surface, at which point the entire package should be thrown away.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy you food before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Tortillas to extend its shelf life?

Packages of tortillas should be stored in a cool dry environment not susceptible to temperature change. When items go through temperature changes of cool to warm and vice versa, the moisture in the air tends to condensate inside the packages. This moisture allows mold to grow and tortillas to spoil. Thus, a refrigerator is highly recommended (but not required) to extend the shelf life of tortillas. Always store your tortillas in air-tight containers that help keep out moisture and other contaminants.

For Home made tortillas, you can keep them fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator below 40°F use.

For ways to re-heat them, see our page on how to warm tortillas. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about Tortillas:

  • Although everyone associates tortillas with Mexico, it is the fastest growing sector of the U.S. baking industry.
  • How long is Tortillas good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long do tortillas last? That depends. How long does flour last? In general, tortillas lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient it is mixed with.

    What are our shelf life resources?

    In determining how long Tortillas lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Tortillas.

    *An important note about expiration dates...

    Although the Tortillas shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care prefessional. Please eat responsibly!