Announcing Tortilla Tuesdays! In Search of OC's Best Tortillas...

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It was while I was at Trader Joes, looking at their hideously overpriced pack of barely edible corn tortillas, that I remembered something: we're blessed with tortillerías in Orange County. We don't have to rely on Maseca's masa monopoly for our tortilla needs--from San Juan Capistrano to La Habra, Westminster to even Rancho Santa Margarita, mom-and-pop tortillerias fulfill the daily bread of Mexicans and gabachos alike

But which are great, and which should be avoided like Trader Joes tortillas? Hence, the unveiling of yet another new column: Tortilla Tuesdays, in which we'll review the county's mom-and-pop tortillerias, one at a time, with a letter grade. The first: El Indio Tortilleria in SanTana.

El Indio has only been around since 2001, yet it already has an iconic presence in its neighborhood--how could it not, with a logo like that one and being housed in a stucco building that looks pulled from Tijuana? It's a great place to grab a Mexican breakfast--chilaquiles, huevos rancheros and various chilango egg preparations.

Unfortunately, El Indio is middling in the main reason for its existence--tortillas. Their corn versions are far too thin, harden too fast upon cooking, and have the annoying habit of splitting even when just getting warmed. The quick cook doesn't allow the masa to properly cook, leading to a pasty flavor that means I'll never buy a pack from them again.

Grade: C-, but do visit for their food, which is quite bueno.

El Indio Tortilleria, 1502 W. 5th St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-3114; elindiotortilleria.com

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Ocbeaner
Ocbeaner

hey TavoThe thin tortillas are good for tacos dorados, take the leftover over to your mom and have her make you some tacos de pollos or some flautas bien doraditas with guacamole sour creme and then report on them... sobres?. later puñalon      

Berto
Berto

Hey Gustavo, it might be hard to believe but there is a good tortilleria down in South Orange County.  Check out the tortilleria inside Tula Market in Lake Forest (the one on Rockfield and El Toro Road).

DanGarion
DanGarion

Thanks for finally getting to this one.  But are you going to give some time to flour tortillas as well? :)

fnarf
fnarf

I may be a gabacho from the far northwest, but I can get better tortillas than those almost in my own neighborhood. I can tell by looking -- flat and hard. A good tortilla softens and puffs very slightly when heated. You can probably rescue those by oiling them up just a tad, but still, no. Come to Seattle, I'll find you some tortillas. I can even make halfway decent ones at home.

JoeDaark
JoeDaark

Flor de Mexicali on Bristol and McFadden have some great tortillas! When paired with their carnitas, its a pair that can't be beat!!

Geli
Geli

Are they the same kind you get when you buy food in the restaurant?

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