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Help! Need to find tortillas like Don Luis used to make!

tucluc Dec 18, 2007 06:19 PM

I promised to take tortillas to the family early Christmas dinner this weekend. I told them I would bring tortillas that would "knock their socks off" and was planning on going to Don Luis to get them. Anyway, Don Luis is closed and I need to find somewhere that makes great tortillas for me to take to the family. Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. MPH Dec 18, 2007 06:30 PM

    Maybe your family would like one of the options discussed here?


    If not, you could check out the tortillas mentioned in this thread:


    I hope this helps.

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      theabroma Dec 18, 2007 07:11 PM

      This is a bit of a stretch, and I haven't spent any quality time on the East side for the last little bit, but ... if John Cazares is still holding forth at the Green & White Grocery, you might want to check with him. In the day, he has put me in touch with some ladies in the area who made some by hand for me ... not inexpensive, but not crushingly expersive, either. I assume you mean corn, not flour, tortillas?

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      1. re: theabroma
        MPH Dec 18, 2007 09:05 PM

        Don Luis was known for their housemade flour tortillas.

        1. re: MPH
          theabroma Dec 19, 2007 03:00 AM

          Then it should be much, much easier to find a source. I would contact any restaurant which makes ones in-house that meet the standard.

          Funny, I hear tortilla and wheat flour is way far from my mind ..

          1. re: theabroma
            Knoblauch Dec 19, 2007 03:35 AM

            Sadly, there are no restaurants in town (at least that I have seen) that make the Rio Grande Valley style of flour tortilla that Don Luis turned out. As I mentioned in the discussion that MPH linked above, the Sport Taco trailer at Parmer and Lamar does have a version that is similar. If anyone finds other sources, it would be good to hear.

            I can see corn tortillas coming to mind first if the word pops up with no context. On the other hand, the OP asked for tortillas like Don Luis made. Given such a request, I find it behooves me to inform myself of what that means by searching the board before responding.

            While cooking in Mexico uses corn tortillas almost exclusively, there is a rich tradition of flour tortillas in Tejano cuisine.

            1. re: Knoblauch
              theabroma Dec 19, 2007 05:29 PM

              Rio Grande Valley style like Cuevas in McAllen?

              1. re: theabroma
                robbie6805 Dec 20, 2007 05:56 AM

                You just brought back some good memories. I recall the mammoth tacos and burritos. Are they still around? Heading down there for the Holidays.

                1. re: robbie6805
                  The Chowhound Team Dec 20, 2007 08:30 AM

                  Hi all, On this board, let's please stick to tortillas that may be found in the Austin area. Other areas can be discussed on the Texas board. Thanks!

                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                    familyof3 Dec 21, 2007 06:22 AM

                    I found some very good store bought corn tortillas at Whole Foods, Margarita's Tortilla Factory.

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