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Oct 16, 2006 11:41 PM

best tortillas from super markets in L.A.and O.C.

Sometimes I need to get tortillas fast so end up at the super market. Which are the best and most authenic tasting to buy? Both corn and flour. I don't care for the Mission brand.

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  1. I like the "Truly Handmade" brand at Trader Joe's... they have a very hearty, earthy aroma & flavor. But, they are expensive and a little thick & stiff. The best way to heat them is over a little bit of oil in a covered heavy frying pan.

    1. I like the Joselito brand, which is sold in Mexican grocery stores. One such grocery store in O.C. is in Tustin, called Bodega "R" Ranch, on the corner of Walnut and Newport.

      It's lightly salted, has a fine crumb, and is just like the chips found in Mexican restaurants. Sells for about $2 for a 2 pound bag.

      If I want an even fresher tortilla chip, and I mean right off the fryer and bagged, I go to El Gallo Giro in Santa Ana. Not only do they fry the tortilla chips there, they grind and process the masa to make fresh tortillas too. But you have to be there at the right time to buy the chips. And they go fast.

      Here's an earlier review I did on it, with photo:

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        1. Get the corn ones fresh. Most mexican grocery store chains have tortillerias in them.

          Vallarta Supermarkets does.

          Most packaged tortillas are now owned by one conglomerate even though they have different labels.

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          1. re: ozzygee

            Vallarta and most Northgate markets have a tortilleria in them, as ozzygee said. Some of them make things other than run-of-the-mill corn tortillas, too. My Vallarta makes corn in several sizes, flour (usually), huaraches, sopes and gorditas.

          2. Trader Jose's handmade flour tortillas.