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In search of corn tortillas

ajs228 Sep 23, 2008 03:15 PM

I'm looking for some good corn tortillas for tacos to take to an upcoming Cardinals tailgate. Can anyone recommend some place that makes them fresh? I live around the PV area, so please skip your Mesa/Gilbert/Chandler/Glendale recs. Gracias!

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  1. ciaogal RE: ajs228 Sep 23, 2008 03:26 PM

    Carolina's on Cactus and Cave Creek has great homemade tortillas...flour and corn

    Food City on Greenway and the 101 makes them fresh daily

    I have also had some great marinated carne asada from Mercado Y Carniceria El Rancho on 29th st and Bell.

    2948 E Bell Rd # 26
    Phoenix, AZ 85032

    They too have corn tortillas.

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      hohokam RE: ciaogal Sep 23, 2008 03:31 PM

      Did you mean Greenway and the 51 (NE corner of Greenway and 32nd St)?

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        ciaogal RE: hohokam Sep 23, 2008 03:35 PM

        I did mean the 51...oops! Thanks! :-)
        I was thinking to head north from there to the 101 to head out to the Cardinals game.

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          hohokam RE: ciaogal Sep 23, 2008 03:37 PM

          Sounds like a plan, and Carolina's is pretty close too. :-)

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        ajs228 RE: ciaogal Sep 23, 2008 04:09 PM

        See, I obviously knew about Carolina's flour tortillas, but I didn't know they made corn too. Awesome.

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          foodbme RE: ciaogal Oct 8, 2008 03:44 PM

          The Original Carolinas down in PHX near the airport makes them also if you're down in that area. Ranch Markets make them as well.

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          emmaAmethyst RE: ajs228 Sep 23, 2008 03:29 PM

          Carolina's, Cave Creek & Cactus. Bag of a dozen for ... pocket change! (Get some red chile con carne & frijoles refritos by the pint while you're there.)

          Carolina's Mexican North
          2126 E Cactus Rd Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85022

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            ciaogal RE: emmaAmethyst Sep 23, 2008 03:30 PM

            Great minds think a like!

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            oryza RE: ajs228 Sep 23, 2008 05:04 PM

            Tradiciones does fresh tortilla takeout which was quite nice; I've used Trader Joe's in a pinch (it's just ok, not good but not bad)

            1. twodogs RE: ajs228 Sep 23, 2008 09:43 PM

              Phoenix Ranch Market soaks their own corn,grinds their own masa and makes really good corn tortillas,I don't think any other place goes that far.
              You can also buy their fresh masa and make your own tortillas.

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                tastyjon RE: twodogs Sep 24, 2008 01:32 AM

                My recent experience wasn't that great. I found them to be too thick - at least for making enchiladas. Most of them split/broke while trying to roll them, and this was after pre-soaking in enchilada sauce for a few minutes. Usually this softens up most "brands" but these were still cracking like crazy. I really didn't want to pre soak them in oil, but I think that would have been the only solution. Otherwise, I suppose they'd make sturdy tostadas or really thick chips if fried up!

                On a side note, I also bought a bunch of flour tortiallas at the same time (on a Sat) and by Monday they were already getting moldy. And these were also found next to the assembly line (with an exp. date a few days from now). So maybe I got funny batches of both.

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                  twodogs RE: tastyjon Sep 25, 2008 06:55 AM

                  I have never bought them to bring home,I've just had the fresh warm ones they serve at the food court and they are always thin and taste great.I think they might have two different kinds,(white and yellow corn).
                  I always buy the fresh masa and make my own and keep the masa in the fridge,so don't know about the longevity of the ready made ones.
                  I'm sure there are no preservatives in them so they would surely mold faster than some,however I've seen moldy tortillas on the shelf at my local Safeway,and I'm sure they were not past their exp. date.

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