Pre-packaged tortilla shells

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2008/01/15 10:46:00 (permalink)

Pre-packaged tortilla shells

Hi,
We live in new jersey. My family in san diego can get home-made flour tortillas. I'm pretty much stuck with the pre-packaged kind. I haven't found one that comes close to what I've had out west. I've My wife has even tried homemade. Not the same. Any prepackaged brands located here on the east coast you'd recommend?
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    enginecapt
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 15:34:32 (permalink)
    I get the homemade kind made with lard.....

    I just thought I'd shove the knife in deeper.
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    leethebard
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 15:40:07 (permalink)
    ooch....
    but thanks for the info anyway....wasn't it emeril who said porkfat rules!
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 16:35:29 (permalink)
    Leethebard. After tasting home made, I couldn't get myself to buy the ones from the store anymore. We have a wide assortment of corn and flour ones, but they just dont cut it. Check out the following thread, and look at CajunKings recipe. Have your wife try that one out..
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23078
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    enginecapt
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 16:41:43 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    ooch....
    but thanks for the info anyway....wasn't it emeril who said porkfat rules!
    The hell with Emeril. I say that.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 16:54:14 (permalink)
    Have you tried Xoyatla Mexican Grocery Store @ 1437 Route 9, Toms River, NJ....Russ
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    leethebard
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 17:38:10 (permalink)
    Thanks everyone...some good advice
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 17:40:23 (permalink)
    Now, now capt. If you keep making these personal attacks...I will not care.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 17:44:23 (permalink)
    I'm overemeriled. That should be one of the new words for 2008.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/15 17:47:51 (permalink)
    Proof that "cancelling" his show has done nothing but increase his presence on tv.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/22 11:13:49 (permalink)
    Check out your local Wal-Mart for corn and flour tortillas. They have a section at ours (near the bread) that has authentic Mexican food such as desserts, drinks, canned products, candy,
    tortillas, etc.. I always buy what brand they have in this section and have not been disappointed.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/22 11:18:52 (permalink)
    Lee, I too am from NJ-Brick is a far drive from where I work(Englewood)-we have A Tortilla Fresca-Tex Mex place. They make fresh tortilla's right in front of you. I buy them every week.I use tem for Mex food/I use them a a pita-they are really good.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/22 16:24:01 (permalink)
    Thanks, fellow Jersian,
    leethebard
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/24 20:45:09 (permalink)
    This is kinda funny, I thought you were talking about hard corn "shells", for tacos, but no, you mean flour tortillas. My buddies and I in the late 1970s, in LA, used to call them "burrito skins". They had a couple of sizes in stores back then, but today, in LA, there are many, many sizes and types out there, and it's hard to imagine that they are not pretty darned fresh. Can't be much more than 24 hours old. They have HUGE disks, like 13 inches or so. They have fat little ones. And everything in between. Whole wheat, with lard, no lard, whatever you want. It all depends on what you want to put in there. I like seeing them medium size and thickness, SLIGHTLY blackened.
    Corn tortillas seem to be a lot less variable, and there, I am pretty sure getting a nice fresh one made before your eyes probably matters more. I don't know why.
    I sure do agree with the comment that Emeril can go to hell. BAM!
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/25 12:46:51 (permalink)
    Here in Texas they sell uncooked flour tortillas. They are in the cold food section at the grocery, real close to fresh made, way diff than already cooked ones.

    Corn, try heating some Mission brand Ultra Thin, in some real hot bacon grease. They make real good tortilla chips!
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/26 01:47:31 (permalink)
    To PapaJoe8: Yes, here in LA I have seen the uncooked flour guys, too, but I think they are at a premium $, which seems just wrong for tortillas, you know? You are in TX, are you in Dallas? I sure would like to know how Ojeda's gets their chips and taco shells SO thin and delicate. There MUST be a machine involved here. You can't even pick up the taco, the shell just breaks up. Most people don't even try, they just use a fork! I always ask for mine on a separate plate, so that any enchilada sauce does not further weaken the things, then I TRY to pick them up. But the correct technique at this point is to lay out a bed of the chips to catch all the filling that WILL drop, spill all over the place, then run those through the remaining sauces on the other plate.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/26 03:56:07 (permalink)
    Just find any Mexican grocery store and look around. I feel confident there are plenty to chose from in NJ. Also, check out the cheese, they will have the real deal at these stores...many of them could possibily sell marinated meat for faijtas and fresh tamales.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/01/26 11:19:41 (permalink)
    Salin, did you forget about the enchilada thread? Yes, I'm from Dallas but now live just east at Lake Tawakoni. I worked at El Chico once upon a time, back when they made a great enchilada.

    I'm sure Ojeda's makes their own corn tortillas. Those ultra thins I mentioned earlier are close to what Ojeda's serves.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/03 12:33:37 (permalink)
    Much tortilla talk on other threads so I thought I'd bring this one back up.

    Do they sell Mission Ultra Thin corn tortillas in most cities? They are are tooo thin for lotsa things but they sure do make some good chips. Get the bacon grease good and hot!

    Anyone tried the uncooked flours yet? A bit more expensive but way different that the already cooked ones. When you see the light you can never go back into the darkness!
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/04 05:11:53 (permalink)
    no, where do you get the unciiked ones? What brand?
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/13 12:30:46 (permalink)
    Lee, sorrry, I missed this somehow. The uncooked flour tortillas are in the cold food section at the grocery. Shoot, I can't remember the brand and I'm out, anyone know?
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/13 16:11:57 (permalink)
    Lee,

    Googling "mexican grocery store brick, nj" gets a lot of hits.

    The closest one is:

    Xoyatla Mexican Grocery Store

    1437 US Highway 9, Toms River, NJ
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/13 23:34:29 (permalink)
    Leethebard:

    There's a brand here in San Antonio, I'm not sure if they're national or not called White Wings Tortilla Flour Mix.

    It's flour specifically for tortillas. Just add 1/cup warm water to 2cups of the flour mix, knead for five minutes, rest the dough for 15 minutes, cut 8 chunks and roll out into tortillas, heat and eat!

    The only tricky part is getting the dough just right, not too sticky or wet, you know?

    This is the choice for most busy people that like the taste of homemade flour tortillas but can't ever get it right...like me! Homemade flour tortillas include: flour, lard, baking powder, and warm water. I can NEVER get the combinations right though and they usually end up like crackers 2 hours later!

    If you can't find that flour where you live let me know and I'll send you a package.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/13 23:39:46 (permalink)
    oh, forgot to mention, you may want to look for a Mexican bakery and sometimes they sell the tortillas there, too. Good luck!
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/14 05:15:50 (permalink)
    Thanks everyone...I'm going on the hunt...
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/02/14 11:02:55 (permalink)
    The mix Naxet mentioned might be even better than the pre formed uncooked tortillas I mentioned. They may also be more ecanomical. I think I will give those a try next time.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2008/03/02 19:21:38 (permalink)
    Ugh! I was so happy when Emeri's show got cancelled, but he's STILL all over TV. I mean, I have nothing against the guy personally but DAMN did his schtick get annoying fast. I can't believe it took America so many years to realize that Emeril says the exact same phrases over and over on every show.
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    RE: Pre-packaged tortilla shells 2009/11/07 20:28:40 (permalink)
    I found the La Burritas brand at Walmart and Food Lion here in NC. It is a yellow corn tortilla, bigger than some of the other brands. At Walmart it is located on the bread aisle with the other non-refrigerated tortillas.  I use them to make enchiladas and tacos. :) :) :)
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