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Jul 5, 2009 08:11 PM

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

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. 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.

    Hope this helps:


    247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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

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    1. re: mlukan

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

      1. re: almond3xtract

        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. 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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      1. re: legourmettv

        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...

        1. re: almond3xtract

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

          1. re: CoffeeAddict416

            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...

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: Googs

            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...

          2. 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.