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Small Corn Tortillas in YYC

Scary Bill Oct 18, 2010 04:31 PM

Looking for small corn tortillas, about 5 inches in diameter (12-13 cm for all you teenagers and younger) to make Korean Tacos.

Las Tortillas are a bit too big. If I can't find any to size, I'll buy big ones and cut them to size.

Any suggestions where to look?


Las Tortillas
4100 Marlborough Dr NE #2, Calgary, AB T2A 2Z5, CA

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    Sisero Dec 20, 2010 08:47 PM

    La Tiendona Market in Forest Lawn is where I get my corn tortillas - they will have any size you need. Plus it's an enormous bag for like $5 bucks.
    1836 36 Street Southeast - just off of 17th Avenue.

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      Scary Bill Oct 21, 2010 09:31 AM

      OK, went to Salsita and they had the standard taco sizes, including some from Las Tortillas. Bought a package, got out the ruler and they are 5 1/2 inches in diameter. So, I guess what I want is something about 4-41/2 inches in diameter, rather than the 5 I thought I was looking for, like the ones I had in Vancouver. The 5 1/2 inch would hold too much filling and with these things I think that variety of fillings is part of the attraction. Sooooo, I'll be scouting out a 4 or 4 1/2 inch food ring or pastry cutter to cut to size.

      Thanks for the suggestions, and when I'm not feeling like I have enough prep to do already, I'll try making some from scratch.

      Las Tortillas
      4100 Marlborough Dr NE #2, Calgary, AB T2A 2Z5, CA

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      1. re: Scary Bill
        Jetgirly Oct 21, 2010 07:59 PM

        Do they have to be fresh?

        Sunnyside Market carries frozen ones made by Que Pasa. I'm not sure of the size, but they're small(ish?).

        1. re: Jetgirly
          nonlinear Oct 21, 2010 08:08 PM

          has anyone ever seen a corn tortilla that is NOT small (5" or so)? I sure haven't.

          1. re: nonlinear
            Jetgirly Oct 21, 2010 08:33 PM

            Me neither, and I lived in Mexico.

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              qed Jul 14, 2011 10:11 AM

              Traditionally, corn tortillas are made smaller than the ~6" dia tortillas sold in US markets. The smaller tortillas are closer to 4.5" diameter and thicker, since they're made by hand and not pressed (often referred to as "gorditas"). If you'd lived in areas of Mexico where the population of indigenous people is large, like Oaxaca, you'd see this commonly made.

      2. MartinT Oct 20, 2010 08:14 PM

        Next time... If you ever want to make your own.

        Pick up the Maseca (corn flour with lime) from superstore or any latin store
        (theres one down the block from me on Coral Springs Blvd and 68 st NE)

        SUPER EASY to make, nothing but water, the corn flour, and salt.

        If you don't have a press, use some plastic wrap to cover the bottom of a large pan and roll the dough into a ball and press with the pan over another piece of plastic wrap on your counter.

        I make mine all the time, way better and more authentic than anything purchased!

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          hsk Oct 20, 2010 08:01 PM

          What's a Korean taco?

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          1. re: hsk
            Scary Bill Oct 21, 2010 08:19 AM

            NY Times tells the story. They seem to have originated as L.A. street food, a Korean-Mexican fusion. I ran into them in Vancouver. We're doing a Korean themed meal this weekend and thought they'd be fun to do for guests.


          2. TSAW Oct 20, 2010 11:50 AM

            I picked up small ones, the size you are looking for, last spring, at a place on 17th Avenue SE. I think it was called La Dona? They had a restaurant with a very small shop attached. Not sure if they are still around but might be worth a call.

            1. beekeroc Oct 18, 2010 09:47 PM

              Calgary Co-op, at least the Richmond road one. They are in the deli section. I hope they are good as I have not tried them.

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              1. re: beekeroc
                Jigga Oct 19, 2010 08:02 AM

                While Coop has them (at various locations), I would not recommend them. I recently bought them and they were very, very dry, despite being within the best before period.

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                  nonlinear Oct 19, 2010 01:16 PM

                  ^^this, plus (like Los Tortillas) they are the "standard" size. OP is looking for smaller torts.

                  1. re: nonlinear
                    Scary Bill Oct 19, 2010 01:43 PM

                    OP: Adding another acronym to my internal lexicon, non.

                    1. re: nonlinear
                      Jigga Oct 20, 2010 07:51 AM

                      They looked pretty small to me.

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                        nonlinear Oct 20, 2010 10:55 AM

                        ^^read the first post, Bill said they are TOO BIG. sigh. why does this forum not have a facepalm emoticon?

                        1. re: nonlinear
                          Jigga Oct 20, 2010 11:53 AM

                          I did read the first post. And if we're going to get anal here, Bill said that the Las (Los) Tortillas ones are too big, not that the Coop ones are too big. The Coop ones I purchased were the small ones (described in the first post as "about 5 inches in diameter"). Too bad there isn't an emoticon for "argh" as well.

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                            nonlinear Oct 20, 2010 12:09 PM

                            but las tortillas and co-op ones are the same size. right?

                            (I mean, it's the "standard" size, which Bill said is too big, right?)

                            1. re: nonlinear
                              Jigga Oct 21, 2010 08:56 AM

                              I have no idea how big the Las/Los Tortillas ones are. I can only comment on Coop's. They're small (like 5 inches, which is what was requested as a recommendation) (and dry, which I suspect is not what was requested as a recommendation). Why are we still having this discussion?

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                  cancowboy Oct 18, 2010 08:37 PM

                  A lazy answer.
                  Did you ask Las Tortillas if they could custom make smaller ones for you?
                  Someone could intercept them as they came out of the press and cut them down (5 inch cookie cutter?) before they are cooked.

                  Also, the Bottlehouse has mini-taco appetizers on their menu which are about the size you wanted - maybe they can hook you up with their supplier.

                  The BottleHouse Beer Parlour
                  102 10 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V3, CA

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                  1. re: cancowboy
                    cancowboy Oct 19, 2010 11:16 AM

                    I had lunch in Kensington Pub and the special today was mini chicken tacos. My tacos were pretty tasty so I asked where they sourced the tacos.

                    Salsita @ Northmount & 14 ST NW

                    1. re: cancowboy
                      Scary Bill Oct 19, 2010 01:41 PM

                      Thanks ccb, I'm going to be in the area tomorrow so I'll be stopping in.

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                    nonlinear Oct 18, 2010 06:25 PM

                    Bill, have you thought about making your own? you can pick up a tortilla press for under $15 from a latin market (skip the CFM where they charge $25), and a bag of maseca corn flour is like $5 at wally world. it's a bit of work to make them, but it's fun and they will be far fresher than the packaged ones you can buy at the supermarkets.

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