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Where to purchase good corn tortillas?

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Our corn tortilla source (in San Diego) has dried up and we're left cold by the corn tortillas at such chains as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

We're looking for tortillas (for home consumption) that have good corn flavor, aren't too thick, and that contain little more than corn, water, and lime.

We'd prefer a source on the Westside but would consider other areas.

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  1. I'm not sure if Vallarta Makets has locations on the Westside, but here in the Valley they offer tortillas so fresh they are still hot enough to steam up the bag they are packaged in. Great corn taste, but the green (jalapeno) and red (I'm not sure what flavor) are pretty obviously artificially colored. Stick with the blue and the white and you have the next best thing to homemade.

    1. Gallegos Deli in Santa Monica makes them fresh.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Gallegos is now located at:
        12470 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, Ca. 90066
        (310) 391-2587
        1 block west of Centinela Ave., on the south side of Venice Blvd.

        Hours- Monday - Friday 7:30 am-6:00pm, Saturdays 7:30am- 4:00p.m., closed Sundays and major holidays.

        1. re: Paliman

          Summer Schedule closes at 7pm. Not sure how long that will be.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          I don't think they make them in house anymore, but I love their tamales de elote

        3. Do any of these places have good mini-tortillias? Trader Joe's has cute little tortillias but they aren't that great. They are a little dry.

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          1. re: missmodular818

            If you're in a bind for mini-tortillas, think "out of the bag". Get yourself a 2-inch round cookie cutter and cut 'em out of your favorite regular sized tortillas. (Fry the scraps for chips) Boom! Mini-tortillas. I'm just sayin' . . .

            1. re: missmodular818

              Vallarta carries them often. They also carry thicker, handmade tortillas (not their brand, and not mission...I think they're Dianas brand) which are AMAZING. So much better than Vallarta's regular tortillas. I was thrilled to discover that Dianas also makes a shortening free flour tortilla for those of you who are concerned about transfats.

              1. re: jencounter

                Diana's brand are good and they are the yellow corn which is so much better tasting than the white.

            2. Aside from smaller Latino markets in your neighborhood...
              Locally made Diana's tortillas might be at your local FFL or Ralphs.
              The Gigante supermarket in Inglewood on Century has in-store made tortillas.
              Likewise for Northgate supermarket in Hawthorne on Rosecrans, but this is getting a little far a field for you.

              For the mini tortilla lovers, Search feature reveals: http://www.chow.com/topics/410508

              Otherwise, wait for Dommy's post :-)......

              1. I like -

                Carrillo's Tortilleria Inc. • 1242 Pico St. • San Fernando,CA 91340
                Phone 818-365-1636 • Fax 818-365-3176