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Where can I get masa harina for tortillas and tamales? (Downtown West)

almond3xtract Jul 5, 2009 08:11 PM

I just moved up here from Louisiana where we have a HUGE Mexican population and this staple is available in every grocery and convenience store.

Where can I find masa harina (corn flour with lime) for home made tortillas and tamales? I'm dying to make some pulled pork tacos but refuse to use store-bought flour tortillas for this!

I live near Bathurst and Queen if that helps.

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  1. mlukan RE: almond3xtract Jul 5, 2009 08:49 PM

    Welcome to Canada, Toronto and Chowhound! Try Perola's Supermarket in the Kensington Market. They should have everything to suit your Mexican/Spanish needs.

    If your feeling lazy, try La Tortillaria also in kensington, they make fresh corn tortilla which are quite good.
    Here are a few past topics as well. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599341

    Hope this helps:


    247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

    La Tortillaria
    68 Wales Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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      almond3xtract RE: mlukan Jul 6, 2009 11:10 AM

      Awesome post, since Kensington Market is a short walk away. Will definitely check out both of these. Thanks a ton!

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        TorontoJo RE: almond3xtract Jul 6, 2009 06:11 PM

        And just up the street from Perola's is Emporio Latino, another latin grocery store. At the back of the store is a small kitchen, with a couple of ladies making darn tasty pupusas.

        There is another latin grocery store on one of the East/West streets that also carries Maseca. And if you need a tortilla press, Tap Phong on Spadina carries two versions, including a cast iron one.

    2. legourmettv RE: almond3xtract Jul 6, 2009 03:58 AM

      MaSeCa brand is available a Perola, with a couple other brands. MaSeCa is also readily available now at most Loblaws, even the Food Basics near me has it.
      Completely different story a few years ago.
      Just wait until fall when you want grits for breakfast... I trade off with family in Arkansas; I send them Bee Hive corn syrup, and they send me stone ground grits.


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        almond3xtract RE: legourmettv Jul 6, 2009 11:12 AM

        MaSeCa is the exact brand I am looking for. I suppose if I ever stop at a Loblaw's, I can look for it there.

        When I trade food with my family my #1 request will be HOT SAUCE!! followed by crab boil seasoning, followed by Zatarains Fish Fri mix. Ah I miss these things...

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          CoffeeAddict416 RE: almond3xtract Jul 6, 2009 08:10 PM

          zatarain's is available widely
          For sure i've seen it at Loblaws and at the basement of the St Lawrence market.

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            almond3xtract RE: CoffeeAddict416 Jul 13, 2009 10:09 AM

            Yeah but in LA a box of Zat's will run you $1.00 to $1.75. Up here it's so expensive!! Also in LA your average grocery store has an entire aisle of Cajun & Creole with one half of the aisle being entirely Zatarain's mixes. Much more available up there...

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        currycue RE: almond3xtract Jul 6, 2009 09:34 AM

        There is a small grocery store on College (on the north side) between Bathurst and Augusta that most likely will have it. Also, lower Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market (on the east side)

        1. Googs RE: almond3xtract Jul 6, 2009 09:51 AM

          A hearty 2nd for Perola's. There's a mid to late 40's gent that works there that has encyclopedic knowledge of their inventory. If you're there on the weekend, try the pork tacos from the ladies in the back. Deelish.

          You will love Kensington Market.

          BTW I noticed from another posting you're in search of proper Mexican restaurants. This article seems to sum up the sentiments of the local hounds:

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            almond3xtract RE: Googs Jul 6, 2009 11:14 AM

            Oh, my boyfriend LOVES pork tacos so I'm sure this will be good bribery to get him to go into Perola's with me!

            Thanks for the Mexican eating link. I usually cook my Mexican at home (because I know I do it right) but it is nice to go somewhere and let someone else spend 6 hours making the mole...

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            tearingmonkey RE: almond3xtract Jul 13, 2009 12:46 PM

            Believe it or not I buy it my local "No Frills" (east end though) but they might have it all locations. I can't remember if its in the flour section or their Mexican section.

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              almond3xtract RE: almond3xtract Jul 23, 2009 01:46 PM

              Update: I stopped at Real Canadian Superstore on Don Mills last week and they had MaSeCa in the baking aisle, right by the flour. I'm still grateful for all the "local" suggestions for times I don't feel like driving, though. Thanks CHers.

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                myriam5555 RE: almond3xtract Feb 6, 2011 01:26 PM

                Fiesta Farms also carries maseca.

                Fiesta Farms
                200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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