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Oct 4, 2006 04:58 AM

where to buy mini corn tortillas?

hey hounds. i'm looking for a market or similar that sells the mini corn tortillas, about 4" diameter. i'm throwing a cocktail party this weekend and need about 60 pieces for small bites (doing a braised cuban pork with chunky red onion guac) =) i saw an old post for la palma but maybe people have other recs? i live in daly city so somewhere close by is good, as far as mission is ok.

i'd use a cookie cutter on the larger corn tortillas but that seems like such a waste of scraps...


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    1. You should check out La Tapatia in So SF on Grand. They make fresh tortilla in the back daily. I think I saw the small ones the other day and they were still warm.

      411 Grand Ave
      SSF (650)589-5881

      1. I'd check La Tapatia Mexicatessen, 411 Grand Ave., South San Francisco (650) 589-5881. If they don't have them, they might know who does. I know there's a fairly large, newish Mexican grocery store on the other side of Grand Ave. about a block East I think - they might carry them.

        If you feel like taking a ride down to Redwood City, most of the Mexican grocery stores like Chavez and Mi Rancho carry the small tortillas as regular shelf items. There's a tortilla factory on Middlefield Rd. just South of Woodside Rd., La Estrellita.

        P.S. If you end up using the cookie cutter method, throw the scraps on a jelly roll pan, spray with PAM, sprinkly with kosher salt and put in a maybe a 375 or 400 oven and bake until they get crispy - great for topping a bowl of spicy chicken soup or just to munch... especially with any leftover guac!

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        1. re: RWCFoodie

          great idea for the leftovers... i'll remember that.

          also, what would be the best way to prep tortillas? mine always turn out dry and will crack when folded up.

          1. re: RWCFoodie

            just got back from la tapatia and yes, they had the mini tortillas. they're located in the back behind the grill and are packaged 3 dozen to a bag for only 95 cents/bag! i picked up 2. =) each corn tortilla is just under 4" in diameter and appear pretty fresh. they'll be perfect for my mini tacos. thanks margret and RWC for the tip!!

            on a related note, i picked up a super burrito al pastor on my way out. just couldn't resist. for $5.20, you get a colossal, fat burrito with meat, beans, cheese, rice, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and hot sauce all rolled up in 2 layers of aluminum. the seasoning was pretty good but everything was just a lil to mushy for me. i like having some texture to my burrito.

            anyway i think the thing weighed 5 pounds. i can't believe i ate the whole thing...

          2. I didn't see them last time I was at Mi Rancho market, but wasn't specifically looking.

            baked corn tortillas are often dry and chewy unless you load on the oil. I don't mind them, but I have had a hard time getting a great baked product.

            My suggestion for scraps is to save them, freeze them and make chilequilles - I could live on those and they are great for a quick meal.