Taste Test Thursday: Flour Tortillas

The tortilla table (photography by Carol Shih)
The tortilla table (photography by Carol Shih)

With limited time on our hands, the Taste Test Thursday team bought four brands of flour tortillas from Central Market, Green Grocer, and Fiesta for this week’s experiment.

Before y’all skip to the bottom of this post and start haranguing me in the comments, hold up. I can already hear all your gripes. “You should’ve gone to [this or that] hole-in-the-wall taqueria at _____ Street and bought tortillas from there.” Yadda, yadda, yadda. I hear you. Feel free to throw your imaginary paper wads at me. I’ve already kicked myself in the foot for not doing that, so… yeah.

But at least we got to taste some good flour tortillas, anyway. And that’s what Taste Test Thursdays are all about. Peace. Love. And food.

Lots of stress on the word peace.

Jump with me now.

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THE FLOUR TORTILLAS

A. Central Market’s (Lovers Lane) flour tortillas (Dallas, TX)
B. El Milagro’s flour tortillas (National)
C. Green Grocer’s flour tortillas (Dallas, TX)
D. Marquez Bakery & Tortilla Factory (Arlington and Grand Prairie, TX)

THE TASTE TESTERS

Two interns, the web team, Rick Lopez, and a few other people I can’t remember. Obviously, they weren’t memorable. Suckas.

WHAT THEY SAID

Tortilla A
Tortilla A

A. Central Market’s (Lovers Lane) flour tortillas

Taster 1 – Good texture! Tastes fresh, but salty
Taster 2 – light – like the dust of flour on the surface. kind of buttery.
Taster 3 – doughy, soft, can still taste the flour
Taster 4 – I like how it’s floury on the outside
Taster 5 – thicker, a little heavy in the mouth
Taster 6 –  too greasy

Tortilla B
Tortilla B

B. El Milagro’s flour tortillas (from Central Market)

Taster 1 – plain and dry
Taster 2 – dense. tastes like glue once it’s in your mouth awhile
Taster 3 – thinner, still pretty good.
Taster 4 – I don’t like how the outside is smooth. Tastes sour.
Taster 5 –  tasty, yet unobtrusive
Taster 6 — almost buttery

Tortilla C
Tortilla C

C. Green Grocer’s flour tortillas (from Green Grocer)

Taster 1 – a little sour, but I like it! Tastes fresh.
Taster 2 – rubbery. not bad.
Taster 3 –a little sour, less flavorful than the rest
Taster 4 – less sour than B.
Taster 5 – it’s a little sour.
Taster 6 – bland, chewy, like sourdough

Tortilla D
Tortilla D

D. Marquez Tortilla Factory (from Fiesta)

Taster 1 – same as B, except saltier
Taster 2 – buttery. nice toasted sections. I always prefer a toasted tortilla… not this one.
Taster 3 – harder, more commercial.
Taster 4 – thick and stiff
Taster 5 – very familiar. Mission?!
Taster 6 – tasteless and dry.

THE RESULTS

A. Central Market – 5 votes
B. El Milagro – 3 votes
C. Green Grocer – 0 votes
D. Marquez Tortilla Factory – 2 votes

CONCLUSION

Nobody really enjoyed Green Grocer’s tortillas because they had a sour quality to them, and Central Market won with 5 votes.

15 comments on “Taste Test Thursday: Flour Tortillas

  1. Although a restaurant and not a grocery, I still feel Restaurant Gonzalez on West Jefferson in Oak Cliff makes the very best flour tortillas in Dallas. They can always be bought to take home. Don’t forget to as for a container of their fresh Salsa Fresca.

  2. The wheat tortillas from CM are also amazing. Especially when they are still warm…

  3. Good call. The flour tortillas (and especially the Butter Flour tortillas) at CM are The Shih. And I’m comparing them to every restaurant, hole-in-the-wall and tortilla shop I’ve tried around the city for the last 20 years. Bonus: for the most part, they’re always warm.

  4. Did you eat them at room temp, cold or heated?

    I have found that some tortillas when heated release a pronounced chemical taste, that is not as strong as when they are cold (yeah I’m looking at you Mission).

  5. Dido on the butter tortillas from CM…when they’re fresh and still warm, I’m not even sure I make it to the car before throwing off that twist tie!

  6. Twinwillow – I’ve tried to buy the tortillas at Gonzalez to go and was turned down. Perhaps I need to try again. My go-to is Super Mercado Monterrey, also on Jefferson. The bag is typically to hot to hold bare handed when I pick them up in the morning. Not nearly as thick as Gonzalez – but still head and shoulders better than any others I’ve tried.

  7. I love CM tortillas — I actually bought some today and they had just been made in the last 5 minutes. Really great stuff.

  8. I wasn’t sure if they were open. They had a large fire in June. But I just called and found out they’re still making tortillas right now. So, yes, we could’ve included them. We don’t base our taste tests off of ad revenue. I have no idea how much we make in ad rev from Central Market.

  9. For restaurants Gonzales hands down. My wife likes A and I prefer B so when we do Mexican at Home there is a rush to the CM totilla section.