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Aug 26, 2007 08:31 PM

Best Tortillas in Chicago?

Hi everybody, I just moved to Chicago and am already finding this board an outstanding resource. Here's a question I haven't seen answered: I cook a lot of Mexican food at home and am looking for the absolute best tortillas in the city. Suggestions for both corn and flour tortillas are welcome. Thanks!

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  1. My favorite flour tortillas are the handmade ones available by the dozen near the cash register at Nuevo Leon in Pilsen.

    For corn, your best bet is one of the carnicerias around town that advertises tortillas hecho a mano or, at a lower price point, El Milagro.

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    1. re: gleam

      Thanks, gleam -- I'll check out Nuevo Leon and report back...

      1. re: gleam

        Also, there is a tortilla factory about 2-3 blocks east of Nuevo Leon on 18th st. I think 1/2 a kilo is about 75 cents.

      2. September's Gourmet magazine has an article about Mexican food (and tortillerias) in Chicago- you may want to pick it up:)

        1. There's no need to trek all over the city! Any of 1000's of Mercado's around the city and suburbs will have fresh tortillas delivered straight from the tortillerias daily. Just touch any of tortillas inside the boxes to get to the warmest (freshest) ones. Personally I prefer El Milagros or Del Rey's.

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          1. re: abf005

            Yes, agree completely, thousands of markets around the city have great fresh tortillas.

          2. Supermercado Morelia at Cicero and Diversey gets several deliveries a day from local tortillerias, but they also make their own fresh tortillas. They are packed in unmarked plastic bags and are usually stacked on a tray above the counter where they sell Carnitas and Barbacoa (along the east wall).

            1. Wow, thanks everybody -- I'm looking forward to exploring the many options.