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The Best Corn Tortillas | 8 Brands To Try

The Best Corn Tortillas | 8 Brands To Try

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands of naturally gluten free corn tortillas to try.

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Why I’m reviewing packaged corn tortillas

When I began these product reviews my goal was to help you save money by ensuring that you don’t waste that hard-earned cash of yours on products that disappoint. Reviews on sites like amazon.com are great (really), but I often find that the reviewers have relatively low standards for gluten free products.

It’s not that anyone wants to waste money. But it’s easy to get caught in the cycle of judging things as “good, for gluten free.” That simply isn’t good enough. I judge every gluten free product against the best of its kind—whether it contains gluten or not.

This is my list of the best corn tortillas from my own personal experience. Nothing has been provided to me for free (I don’t accept free product from manufacturers outside the rare sponsored posts I do about once a year, or less). I’m reviewing these products as a consumer, just like you. I don’t believe that any other process would be very valuable.

If you have something else on your best corn tortillas list, please let us know in the comments below. Please try to include as many details as possible, including price, availability (in the U.S. and in the rest of the world) and best uses of the product.

I live and work in New York, in the U.S. Please keep that in mind when I discuss the product availability. If you live in a different part of this country or a different part of the world, please contribute availability information for these brands from where you live.

What isn’t included in this list?

Unlike when I reviewed the best packaged gluten free flour tortillas, none of the brands of corn tortillas that I tried in preparation of this best-of list were truly awful. Corn tortillas have been around for a long, long time, and have been perfected by many major brands. Many of those brands were likely always gluten free, and are just now advertising their product as gluten free to capture our attention.

One glaring omission from this list is Vista Hermosa brand corn tortillas. I have heard how great they are but had the hardest time locating them.

The Vista Hermosa website isn’t very helpful in locating individual products as opposed to stores that simply carry their brand (they also make other products like tortilla chips). I finally contacted them through their website after searching at the two Whole Foods stores within driving distance.

Vista Hermosa was able to explain that their corn tortilla wrap products at Whole Foods are usually displayed separately, next to the avocados in the produce section. They even emailed me a photo of the display, so I know they’re there. If I purchase and try them, I will update this post with my review.

Types of packaged corn tortillas

There are essentially two types of packaged corn tortillas. One is thin and flexible right out of the package. They’re relatively well-priced, widely available and have a mostly neutral flavor. The Guerrero, Chi-Chis, Mission, and La Banderita tortillas on this list fall into that category.

The other main category is thicker, tastes and smells more strongly of corn (masa harina precooked cornmeal flour), and isn’t flexible until heated. The tortillas on this list that fall into this second category are Mi Rancho, La Tortilla Factory, Masienda Bodega, and Del Campo.

Del Campo has some unusual characteristics, though, which we will discuss below. This category of tortillas tends to be more expensive, however, as they’re less likely to be mass-produced and are typically made with fewer perservatives. Del Campo brand is super expensive, to be honest, but I really love them.

I’ve included 4 corn tortilla brands in each category. Each category of tortillas serves a different purpose, and I use them each regularly in my home.

Guerrero White Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Of the four corn tortillas on this list in the first, super-flexible category discussed above, my favorite brand is Guerrero white corn tortillas. They’re thin and super soft and flexible right out of the package.

Guerrero white corn tortillas have absolutely no aftertaste and are probably the most flexible of this first category. They’re also really inexpensive and widely available. They also have fewer ingredients than others in this mass-produced category.

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 5-inch diameter tortillas, various package sizes
  • Price you should expect to pay: About $2.30 for 30 tortillas.
  • Shelf-stable, refrigerate after opening.
  • Availability: Very good. My local grocery stores (Stop & Shop, Shop Rite) carry Guerrero corn tortillas.
  • Ingredients: corn masa flour, water, contains 2% or less of: cellulose gum, guar gum, amylase, and propionic acid, benzoic acid and phosphoric acid (to maintain freshness).
  • Heating instructions: none specified.

Mission White Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Mission corn tortillas are sold in white corn and yellow corn varieties, and even in a “super thin” variety. All of them are quite thin, though.

These white corn tortillas are flexible right out of the package, and very widely available. They do make flour tortillas and mixed corn-flour tortillas, so if you need to be gluten free be careful which package you grab off the shelf.

They’re my gluten free son’s favorite packaged corn tortilla, although he can’t fully explain why. But he is an absolute connoisseur of corn chips and tortillas, so I take his opinion seriously. I find Mission corn tortillas to be rather bland, but they hold up in enchiladas and for a quick quesadilla.

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 5-inch diameter tortillas, various package sizes
  • Price you should expect to pay: About $2.50 for 30.
  • Shelf-stable, refrigerate after opening.
  • Availability: Excellent. I can’t remember the last time I was in a mainstream grocery store of any size that didn’t carry Mission corn tortillas. You won’t find them at Whole Foods, though. I guess they’re too unfancy.
  • Ingredients: corn masa flour, water, contains 2% or less of: cellulose gum, guar gum, amylase, and propionic acid, benzoic acid and phosphoric acid (to maintain freshness).
  • Heating instructions: For best results, heat in an ungreased skillet over medium-high heat for about 10 seconds per side. Can microwave by placing 4 to 6 tortillas between two damp paper towels, then microwave for 30 to 45 seconds or until heated through.

Chi-Chi’s White Corn Taco Style Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Like the others in this category, Chi-Chi’s white corn tortillas are flexible right out of the package. They don’t have any aftertaste and are relatively bland.

Bland doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though. They can’t compete with fresh corn tortillas, but few things can. I like to think of them as a blank canvas since “bland” sounds like a value judgment.

They cost a few dollars more than the others of their kind, but it’s not a particularly expensive category of packaged product so I don’t mind that too much. I’m including them here in this best-of list because you should know that they’re good, in case you can’t find some of the others in your local store.

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 5-inch diameter tortillas, various package sizes
  • Price you should expect to pay: $1.59 for 10.
  • Shelf-stable when unopened. Doesn’t say to refrigerate after opening, but I always do.
  • Availability: Very good. We buy Chi-Chi’s mild salsa all the time (see discussion above about my son and his tortilla chips), so I’m often in that aisle of the grocery store. Chi-Chi’s corn tortillas seem to have become more available recently.
  • Ingredients: white corn masa flour (white corn flour, propionic acid (preservative), guar gum, cellulose gum, benzoic acid (preservative), phosphoric acid, enzymes (to preserve freshness), trace of lime), water, contains 2% or less of calcium sulfate, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, guar gum, enzymes, propionic acid (preservative) sodium hydroxide, methyl paragon (preservative), propyl paragon (preservative).
  • Heating instructions: In an ungreased skillet over medium heat for 10-15 seconds on each side, in a 350°F oven wrapped in foil for 10 minutes or until soft and flexible, or in the microwave between two damp paper towels on high for about 20 seconds (up to 4 tortillas at a time).

La Banderita Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

La Banderita corn tortillas are absolutely the softest packaged corn tortillas I’ve ever seen (or touched). I honestly don’t think you really need to heat them at all before eating them unless you want to heat whatever you’re putting inside of them.

They do have a slightly unpleasant aftertaste, though. They’re my 4th choice of any tortillas in this category for that reason. But it’s truly amazing how pillow-soft they are!

If you’re strictly gluten free (like we are), you might hesitate before purchasing La Banderita corn tortillas. The package states that they are made in a facility that also processes wheat (and soy). We haven’t ever had a problem with them, but please make the choice that is best for your family.

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 5-inch diameter tortillas, various package sizes
  • Price you should expect to pay: $3.30 for 20.
  • Shelf-stable when unopened, but only closes with a twist-tie. Refrigerate after opening.
  • Availability: Good. In my local area, La Banderita used to be more widely available, much like Guerrero. Lately, they’ve become a bit harder to find.
  • Ingredients: whole grain corn, water, gums, preservatives (propionic acid, sorbic acid, fumaric acid, methyl and propyl paragons), lime.
  • Heating instructions: warm one tortilla at a time in a pre-heated skillet.

La Tortilla Factory Organic Yellow Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

With La Tortilla Factory corn tortillas, we begin talking about our category. Like most of the others in this category, these are thicker, and not flexible until heated.

They do smell and taste heavenly, just like masa. In fact, La Tortilla Factory does have the most flavor of all of them. They’re expensive, though, and not widely available.

I do think that these corn tortillas are truly the best substitute for freshly homemade corn tortillas. So they’re kind of hard to resist.

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 5-inch diameter tortillas, 8 tortillas per package
  • Price you should expect to pay: $17.95 for 16 (2-pack) on Amazon (I know!).
  • Shelf-stable, but refrigerate once opened.
  • Availability: Poor. I can only seem to find them on Amazon.com, and the price is not good.
  • Ingredients: water, stoneground organic yellow corn masa flour, organic guar gum, lime.
  • Heating instructions: Microwave one at a time for 20 to 25 seconds or until warm. Heat one at a time in a medium-hot, ungreased skillet for 10 to 15 seconds per side until warm and soft.

Mi Rancho Organic Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Like La Tortilla Factory corn tortillas, Mi Rancho corn tortillas are flavorful and aromatic, similar to homemade corn tortillas. They’re pretty significantly thicker than any of the others, though, and are not flexible at all until heated. These tortillas are cheaper than La Tortilla Factory, and easier to find (at least for me).

Generally, these more-like-homemade corn tortillas aren’t your best choice for rolling tight. They’re great for quesadillas, though. But you wouldn’t look to make a burrito out of them (for that, I’d stick to flour tortillas, with one notable exception below).

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 5-inch diameter tortillas; a package of 8 tortillas.
  • Price you should expect to pay: $2.99
  • Not shelf-stable. Keep refrigerated.
  • Availability: Fair. They seem to be available at most Whole Foods markets.
  • Ingredients: water, organic whole white corn, organic yellow corn masa flour, trace of lime, organic guar gum.
  • Heating instructions: None specified.

Masienda Bodega Heirloom Corn or Blue Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Unlike the other corn tortillas in this second category of aromatic corn tortillas, Masienda’s tortillas are even slightly flexible before being heated. And they come in these two fun varieties.

I will be totally honest, though, and admit that the white and blue varieties taste the same to me. When I buy blue corn chips, they tend to be cut thicker and heartier, so they seem different to me. But the corn tastes like corn.

If you’re going to go all out and make fresh tortilla chips for a party, I’d start with this brand. Make blue and white chips!

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 6-inch diameter; package of 10.
  • Price you should expect to pay: $3.99 for 10.
  • Not shelf-stable. Keep refrigerated.
  • Availability: Fair. They seem to be available at most Whole Foods markets.
  • Ingredients in white/yellow: 100% stone-ground corn (non-gmo), water, lime.
  • Ingredients in blue: 100% stone-ground blue corn (non-gmo), water, lime.
  • Heating instructions: Heat for 20 to 30 seconds per side in a skillet over high heat until soft and hot. For extra tortilla softness, rub each side of the tortilla lightly with water before reheating.

Del Campo Tortilla Co. Corn Tortillas

The best corn tortillas are soft and flexible, and taste and smell like corn. For when you need to grab something quick, here are 8 packaged brands to try.

Finally, we come to Del Campo brand corn tortillas. They’re 8-inches in diameter, unlike the others which are at most 6-inches in diameter, and they’re super thin and flexible once heated.

I really love these corn tortillas, and in some instances, they can actually replace my favorite packaged flour tortillas. Their larger size means that you can use them as burrito wraps—and they taste really good. They manage to straddle the line between the more mass-produced and the more homespun categories we’ve been discussing.

However, there are downsides, some of which you can see below in the remaining details. They are not easy to find, and they’re super expensive as compared to other corn tortillas. The packages that I bought also arrived with a fair amount of breakage in about one-quarter of the tortillas.

Still, I plan to order them somewhat regularly. And maybe even beg the company to find someplace else to stock them!

Here are the other details:

  • Size of tortilla and package: 8-inch diameter “wrap size”; a package of 8
  • Price you should expect to pay: $10.95 on Amazon (I know I know)
  • Shelf-stable, refrigerate after opening.
  • Availability: Poor. I can only seem to find them on Amazon.com, and the price is not good.
  • Ingredients: corn meal, water, salt. Contains less than 1% of the following natural preservatives: propionic acid, benzoic acid and phosphoric acid (to maintain freshness), guar gum, cellulose gum, and enzymes.
  • Heating instructions: Warm in a nonstick pan or hold over an open flame for a few seconds until it becomes flexible.

What did I miss?

What are your favorite packaged corn tortillas? Please be sure to provide as many details as possible about your favorites, so we can all help each other.

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Nicole

Comments are closed.

  • Adri
    October 13, 2018 at 12:10 AM

    Hi there,

    To be honest, I think La Misión & Guerrero tortillas have some ingredients that are just “disgusting”. You should try La Fe – I get them at Sprouts.

  • Mel
    October 7, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Thought I was going to get a recipe for decent sort tortillas when I opened it up, not was I disappointed. None of these are available in UK supermarkets. Admittedly I haven’t checked the web, however the only ones I’ve ever purchased on the web needed cooking / heating by dunking in poo o first. Yuk. I can only get sort gluten free tortillas by buying a tortilla kit which is an expensive way of getting them. Especially as the spice mix is so mild as to be almost tasteless and I don’t like salsa because I loath tomatoes unless processed. Bizarre I know as I go though ketchup like it’s going out of fashion. A recipe please.

    • Nicole Hunn
      October 7, 2018 at 5:50 PM

      Hi Mel, I’m sorry you’re disappointed, but the title of the post is “The Best Corn Tortillas | 8 brands To Try.” I also discuss the fact that this is written about brands that are available where I live and work, in the United States, and I encourage non-U.S. readers to share their favorites and help one another. I also link to my multiple recipes for both gluten free flour and fresh gluten free corn tortillas. Please see the post for all of these details.

  • Loretta Davila
    October 7, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    So my problem is the guar gum! Up until about 2-3 years ago, you would be hard pressed to find corn tortillas with guar gum. Now, I have a hard time finding them without! So I make my own. You can purchase a press (I like the heavy cast iron ones best). They are a tad messy and thinker than store bought, but! Eating them fresh slathered with butter is an experience you don’t want to miss!

  • CAROL DEUTENBERG
    October 5, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Be very careful of Mission corn tortillas. I’ve purchased them in the past if the package says 10 there are usually 8. I’ve called the company but to no avail.

    • Nicole Hunn
      October 5, 2018 at 1:45 PM

      No way, really, Carol? I’ve never counted!

  • Cindy
    October 5, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Trader Joes corn tortillas.
    No preservatives!!

    • Nicole Hunn
      October 5, 2018 at 12:54 PM

      Hi, Cindy, I haven’t liked those very much in the past. Maybe I should give them another try!

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