BY MOLLY DELMORE/DEC. 21, 2021 10:40 AM EST/UPDATED: DEC. 27, 2021 10:21 AM EST
Original article: https://www.mashed.com/713587/popular-tortilla-brands-ranked-from-worst-to-best/
According to Alto Hartley, the first record of the tortilla dates back to roughly 10,000 BC when a Mayan serf made the flatbread for his ruler. Today, many restaurants and brands have created their own version of the delicious tortilla to be enjoyed worldwide.
Like any food product, choosing from all the brands on the grocery store shelf can be overwhelming. How do you know which one is the best tasting or bang for your buck? How can you decide between flour, corn, gluten-free, or carb balance? Is the tortilla going to hold up when you pile it with your favorite Mexican fixings? Are the tortillas with healthy labels better for you, or is it best to stick with the traditional ones?
We’re here to help. We have a list of popular tortilla brands ranked from worst to best — so the next time you’re at the store, you will have an easier time deciding which tortillas to bring home for dinner.
At number 20 on our list, Cabo Chips Tortillas are commonly found at health food stores like Whole Foods. Cabo Chips makes its products with 100% non-GMO Coconut oil, so they are more nutrient-rich than traditional tortillas. All of Cabo Chips’ products are made with minimal ingredients to feel better about what you’re putting into your body.
Cabo Chips offers three unique tortillas: Hand Stretched Flour, Hand Stretched Corn, and Organic Cassava. Taste-wise, the Cabo Chips tortillas were bitter and on the tougher side. We think we will stick to some of our other favorite brands for flour tortillas moving forward. Sometimes healthier isn’t always better, especially when it comes to how they taste.
Our most significant reason for ranking this brand at the bottom is like many better-for-you type products; they do not last very long after purchasing. Shortly after buying, even before the expiration date listed, we found that these tortillas developed mold on them. Especially when paying for products at Whole Foods, this was highly disappointing.
Whole Foods Market
Food for Life Tortillas are different from your average authentic tortilla; they are flourless and crafted with sprouted grains. These products are rich in flavor and provide a variety for anyone with dietary restrictions or preferences. This brand offers many different types of tortillas, including Brown Rice, Exotic Black Rice, Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Grain Flax Tortillas, Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Grain Low Sodium Tortillas, Ezekiel 4:9® Sprouted Whole Grain Tortillas, Ezekiel 4:9® Taco Size Whole Grain Tortillas, and Sprouted Corn Tortillas.
With such variety, you may wonder how this brand landed so far down on our last popular tortilla brands. We felt this one did not deliver as great flavors as other brands when looking at all the brands. They do not have the same soft consistency as traditional tortillas. They can be stiff and hard to bend without cracking while eating.
Suppose you are looking for flourless options when shopping for tortillas. In that case, we suggest the Ezekiel options over the Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas.
Olé Mexican Foods developed The Xtreme Wellness product line to provide healthy options to those already fans of the Olé Mexican Foods’ products. Suppose you have dietary restrictions or are on the search for diabetic-friendly tortillas. In that case, these products are carb-lean, low-calorie, and offer a low GI load.
Similar to our previous healthier tortillas, these fell to the bottom list. The product offerings in this line are limited. Unlike the traditional flour and corn options, we often see with Tortilla brands, Olé’s Xtreme Wellness line does not offer either. The variety provided includes Spinach & Herbs, Sprouted Grain, Whole Wheat, and High Fiber. For your next burrito night, I would classify these more like a wrap than a tortilla. We found they tend to stick together too, so be extremely careful when prying them apart.
Overall, these healthy tortilla wraps do not lack flavor. If you are looking for a healthier alternative, better ingredients, and aren’t married to the traditional flour or corn options, these are pretty good options.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market sets such a high standard for natural and organic products, and their tortillas are no different. Their organic flour burrito-sized tortillas are created from scratch in New Mexico’s middle Rio Grande Valley, using a traditional recipe and the best ingredients. When you take a bite into the Whole Foods’ 365 tortilla, you know it’s authentic. The 365 brand made burrito-sized tortillas with okay flavor and a thicker texture.
We ranked Whole Foods Tortillas lower on our list for a few reasons. Whole Foods stores carry more expensive products than other grocery stores. The tortillas themselves aren’t going to burn a hole in your wallet; the rest of your grocery bill will. Second, when ordering them through Amazon Prime, we found the consistency, taste, and quality subpar. We expect the best from Whole Foods and did not get that with this order. Nothing is worse than a moldy or mushy tortilla. Thank you, next.
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At Mi Rancho, it’s not only about making the tortillas but also striving to bring authentically crafted foods to the table. Mi Rancho wants you to discover pure tortilla joy and we can testify this brand does indeed bring pure tortilla joy.
When it comes to variety, Mi Rancho takes the cake. Their organic selection is incredible, and they offer a tortilla type for every Mexican food lover. Think everything from Organic Flour and Organic Whole Wheat to Simply Authentic Mini Mamas Street Taco Tortillas, and Non-GMO White Corn Tortillas. This way no matter what you’re in the mood for Mi Rancho can provide delicious organic tortillas.
Mi Rancho Tortillas are much easier to find in-store than some of the other products previously mentioned, so that aspect scored it a higher position on our list. Nothing is worse than scouring the aisles for your favorite brands and leaving disappointed when they aren’t available. Overall, these tortillas are delicious, thick, and cook well for whatever’s on the menu tonight.
Hola Nola isn’t like the other guys. According to their website, while competitors use high-speed equipment to crank out tortillas by the millions, they do it slowly. Slow and steady wins the tortilla race. Hola Nola likes to “Keep it Simple.”
Hola Nola has a more limited product variety, including yellow corn, white corn, flour, and 100% whole wheat tortillas. They also sell wraps in spinach & herb and sundried tomato flavors. When it comes to the products’ ingredients, you can guarantee no genetic modifications or fake food included.
We have a few reasons these landed lower on our list. First, the product page claims they do not use fake food, yet we found palm oil and canola oil listed under their ingredients, which aren’t necessarily the best for you. Second, Hola Nola products are only available in the South, so you will have to order them online if you want to get your hands on a pack. Overall, we found the corn tortillas to be the best-tasting product offered by Hola Nola.
El Milagro is a small family-owned tortilla company that started in 1950. Quality is vital at El Milagro, so they never settle for using pre-processed corn for their tortillas.
When it comes to variety, this brand is not messing around. El Milagro has you covered no matter what Mexican cuisine you are whipping up. Their product variety is incredible, with various products under corn, flour, and friend subsections.
Now, let’s talk about taste. Our taste testers can confirm these are next-level authentic and delicious. We put them so low on our list because they’re tough to find in stores, so you’ll have to order them online. If you’re like us and prefer doing all of your grocery shopping in one swoop in-person, this can pose a problem. Suppose you are willing to wait for a special tortilla delivery. In that case, Amazon does sell them in bulk, so you can buy, freeze, and warm the tortillas up when your heart is craving good ole fashion Mexican food.
Are you looking for authentic Mexican flavor? Look no further because Don Pancho has provided authentic Mexican food for generations. Their authentic taste propelled Don Pancho from a small tortilla company to an innovative, industry-leading provider of many Mexican food products, like delicious tortillas.
Suppose you’re in the market for tortillas made with premium ingredients and a company with a commitment to quality. In that case, Don Pancho offers tons of options. Don Pancho sells grain-free products, carb control wraps, street tacos, corn tortillas, flour tortillas, organic tortillas, non-GMO tortillas, flavored wraps, low-carb tortillas, and gluten-free options. Our favorite is their corn tortillas made from the most refined corn flour.
What sets Don Pancho apart? The flour tortillas specifically are low-fat with no lard and no cholesterol. The flavor is incredible, but we put them lower on our list because the products are difficult to find in stores across the country.
It’s the happiest place on earth. No, not Disneyland; we’re talking about the store with a big red bullseye to welcome you in. Target has a plethora of food products after expanding their pantry and grocery lines a few years back, so we decided to put their Tortilla offerings to the test.
The Market Pantry line specifically offers a few tortillas like 10-in burrito size flour tortillas, whole wheat taco tortillas, carb-conscious tortillas, etc.
When it comes to the Mashed recommendation, which we know is why you’re here, we say go with the 10-inch size because it is ideal for rolling up burrito fixings. Whatever your heart desires, throw in some rice, beans, beef, chicken, and shrimp. The list goes on what this burrito can hold. Market Pantry flour and corn tortillas make for great grocery staples. We will be heading back to Target for more.
Target strikes again. Target’s other private label, Good & Gather, made it on our list, and towards the top half, for good reason. What sets the Good & Gather apart from the Market Pantry and other brands on our list? Good & Gather tortillas have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and are Non-GMO and USDA Organic. These are tortillas you can feel good about purchasing.
So let’s talk about taste, one of the essential factors in our tortilla brand ranking. Good & Gather is a 5 out of 5 in the taste department in our book. We love that the 8-in tortillas are the perfect size to hold all of your taco fixings and do not taste like a better-for-you tortilla. Sometimes, when healthified, brands compromise taste, which is not the case for Target’s Good & Gather. We would recommend picking these up on your next Target run.
“With over 50 years of experience,” Tortilla Fresca created an incredible recipe for uncooked organic tortillas. These natural tortillas are perfect for whatever Mexican cuisine your heart desires. Whether it be burritos, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, or even by themselves, Tortilla Fresca is fresh, homemade, and always of the highest quality. And even if you’re not feeling Mexican food, you can use these fresh tortillas for lunch wraps, fruit-filled desserts, or a staple for any meal at home.
Tortilla Fresca tortillas are delicious. The only drawback is since they come uncooked, you have to spend a bit longer waiting to enjoy their incredible flavor, texture, and freshness. You get to serve a homemade-style tortilla without spending hours slaving away in the kitchen. Leave the dirty work to Tortilla Fresca. Wait a quick minute to heat and then bite into these tortillas that taste just like grandma used to make.
Ortega was created on the foundation of family mealtime. And nothing brings people together more at mealtime than warm tortillas. Ortega makes delicious, fresh, and authentic tortillas perfect for any Mexican meal. We love supporting the classics and Ortega has been around since the 1800s. What started as The Ortega Chile Packaging Company, only offering salsas and chiles, now provides various products, including the tortillas and taco shells we know and love.
We gave Ortega Tortillas a higher ranking for a good reason. We love the taste and the versatility of their products. Whether you’re looking for flour, whole wheat, or even taco boats, Ortega has it all. The most interesting product we saw on the website was cauliflower & flour tortillas. Next time you visit the grocery store, make sure to grab a bag of these Ortega tortillas to make breakfast burritos in the morning, quesadillas midday, and tacos for dinner.
Trader Joe’s strikes again. It’s no secret Trader Joe’s has a huge fan base and incredible products for your weekly menu or special occasions. Like any other Trader Joe’s product, their tortillas are delicious, affordable, and easy to cook for any Mexican meal or snack. It took every part of us to not reach for every type of Tortilla on the shelf, you know for research purposes. Any Trader Joe’s frequent shopper will agree, their tortillas taste as good as the authentic Mexican brands.
We grabbed a pack of the flour tortillas from our local Trader Joe’s for the purpose of this taste test. These tortillas are good, and we mean good. If you love homemade tortillas but don’t have time to make them, these are a fantastic substitute. Trader Joe’s tortillas heat up quickly in the microwave and crisped nicely on the stovetop, so it’s the perfect quick dinner addition.
If you know tortillas, you know the brand Guerrero. Guerrero started in 1973 with the desire to bring a little piece of Mexico to Los Angeles by serving freshly baked tortillas to the locals, giving them a taste of home away from home. The locals loved them and the brand took off from there.
Fast forward almost fifty years, and Guerrero is one of the most popular tortilla brands, and we now understand why. Let’s start with product offerings because they have a lot of them. Guerrero offers a considerable variation of tortillas under each category: corn tortillas, flour tortillas, low carb tortillas, wheat tortillas, tostadas, and even snacks.
Guerrero is committed to quality. After ranking so many tortilla brands, we recognize quality is key. No one wants their tortilla falling apart when they bite into a burrito. Whether you want a new flavor or the authentic classics, you will find something you like with Guerrero’s variety of tortillas.
Many of the healthier tortillas fell to the bottom of our list. Their desire to provide a healthier alternative compromised the taste of a good ole authentic tortilla. Then we tasted the popular Siete Foods tortillas. Siete Foods changed the game for better-for-you tortillas. Their products are gluten-free, dairy-free, and Non-GMO, so if you want to feel good after your next taco, quesadilla, or wrap, Siete is your brand. Siete was born after co-founder Veronica was diagnosed and struggling with multiple autoimmune conditions. She wanted to enjoy her favorite foods, like tortillas, without all the chemicals and unknown ingredients.
Siete Foods offers burrito-sized, Cassava and Coconut, Almond Flour, Chickpea Flour, and Cassava and Chia tortillas. They even offer a bundle pack, so you can pick various types to try. Keep Siete Tortillas in the freezer to stay fresh until you’re ready to lightly warm or toast them in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the air fryer. These are tortillas you can feel good about eating.
Old El Paso
Old El Paso is here to add some Tex-Mex spice to your day. Suppose you are on the hunt for the perfect foundation for tacos, burritos, fajitas, or quesadillas. Old El Paso is a classic you can count on for your next meal. Talk about authenticity. It’s no shock that Old El Paso flew to the top of our list because you can find them everywhere, even on Amazon, and they taste great. If you visit almost any grocery store, you can find Old El Paso.
We’ve loved Old El Paso since we were young, and the quality has remained consistent over the years. Like many of our other top contenders, Old El Paso has a wide variety of tortillas and shells. They even have soft tortilla bowls. Move over Chipotle and insert the explosive head emoji here. With this brand, you can enjoy restaurant-style tortillas at home anytime.
If you have not heard of Mission Foods, you likely live under a rock. Mission is the #1 Tortilla manufacturer in the United States and #1 in our hearts over here at Mashed. Because of this statistic, they undoubtedly deserved to be in our top 5. Even though they’ve grown to such volumes, Mission continues to create tortillas with authentic flavors. When it comes to hosting families and friends, you will certainly want to grab a pack of Mission Tortillas for the family-style meal.
Mission has an extensive offering of tortillas with originals like soft taco and burrito flour and newer ones like Street Tacos Sweet Hawaiian and Carb Balance. We love that they continue to innovate while also keeping around the classics. No matter what time of day or meal, there’s a Mission Tortilla for you to wrap up your delicious meal. We love the quality and taste of Mission Tortillas; you can’t go wrong with this brand.
Olé Mexican Foods
Olé Mexican Foods has been around for years with one primary driver, great food for generations. Like many of the other tortillas on our list, this family-owned business makes the highest quality corn and flour tortillas, which helped the skyrocket towards the top of our list. La Banderita offers excellent quality with fantastic value.
La Banderita keeps it basic, and we don’t mind. If it’s not broken don’t fix it. Their offerings include yellow and white corn, whole wheat, and flour tortillas; nothing fancy, just good authentic Mexican tortillas made with unbleached flour and no added sugar. These tortillas are incredibly fresh, and you can taste the quality over a lot of mass-produced tortillas. Pick up a pack of tortillas at almost any major grocer near you. We typed in our zip code in their store finder and were pleasantly surprised at how many places we could find their tortillas.
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Maria & Ricardos are passionate about good food. After moving to the states, the sibling duo missed a piece of their hometown in Mexico. And yes, the missing piece was good tortillas that weren’t full of preservatives. They dreamt of starting their own business, so finally, their tortilla business was born.
The tortillas were immediately a huge hit, and we understand the hype. With eight different tortillas, Maria & Ricardo’s offers a large variety of delicious tortillas. We knew we had to give this brand a top ranking because of their commitment to healthy ingredients, variety in product, and, most importantly, incredible taste. So many of the healthier brands fell to the bottom of our list because the better ingredients did not equal better taste. And when a tortilla isn’t high quality, you can tell and will find yourself cleaning up the mess from a broken tortilla. Maria & Ricardo’s found the magic formula and delivers delicious, high-quality tortillas.
Backed by the founder’s passion for health and requests from loyal customers, La Tortilla Factory quickly earned and embraced the title of innovator in the tortilla field. We don’t say “innovators” lightly; according to their website, they developed the first low-carb and organic tortillas before everyone else was doing it. They feel very strongly about all people, no matter their dietary preferences, being able to enjoy the deliciousness that is the tortilla. Now more than ever people are checking ingredients and care about what they’re putting in their bodies. With all this being said, La Tortilla snagged our coveted number one spot.
They offer a variety of products including, traditional flour and corn, non-GMO wraps, non-GMO traditional tortillas, grain-free, gluten-free, and many more. They have better ingredients, are better for you, and are better tasting than the other guys. No contest here folks. It’s no secret why La Tortilla emerged as the prime favorite on our popular tortilla brands list.