Tortillas are one of the most versatile tools in your gluten free toolbox. They work great for sandwiches, dinner recipes, even as a breakfast food. And there is no shortage of them either. Tortillas are sold at nearly every major grocery store across the country. But what if you’re looking specifically for the gluten free variety?
Well then you have a bit more searching to do.
And although gluten free tortillas are easy to make, there are times when you just don’t want to assemble something and heat up the stove. No worries, if you don’t want to make them from scratch, there are several options for gluten free tortillas. Some are great, some are just good. The trick is finding a gluten free tortilla that tastes chewy, yet has a bendable texture – in that case it’s not as easy as it seems.
We’ve taken some of the most popular brands and reviewed them. While none of them are bad, they may not all work for the sandwich you are craving or the dinner you have planned. In no particular order, here are the results:
The facts: Mission corn tortillas are one of the most popular tortilla brands. They are made with gluten free ingredients, but they are also made in a plant that produces wheat products as well. These tortillas are small in size, but make great tacos or wraps for small food.
Trick to preparation: Corn tortillas are best of heated up before enjoying them. They will crack and fall apart otherwise.
Bottom line: Tasty, simple and gluten free. Mission corn tortillas are very reasonably priced (at about $2.00/pack) and taste great. Warming them definitely adds to the deliciousness though. Be aware that these are produced in a plant that makes wheat based products, so there is a risk of cross contamination.
The facts: Guerrero’s tortillas are made with 100% whole grain corn. They are advertised gluten free, contain 0 grams of trans fats, and do not need to be refrigerated. Ingredients from their website: Ground corn treated with lime, water, cellulose gum, propionic acid (to preserve freshness), benzoic acid (to preserve freshness), phosphoric acid (preservative), dextrose, guar gum, amylase.
Preparation: Since they are corn tortillas, heating them before enjoying is recommended. These seem to be a bit more pliable than the mission ones however.
Bottom line: The tortillas are soft and tasty. The price is reasonable (about $2.00). These are certified gluten free tortillas, so there is no risk of cross contamination. Lightly frying them produces a very yummy tortilla.
The facts: Made of corn meal, water and salt, these tortillas are simple, yet full of flavor. They are all natural with no preservatives and kosher salt. If refrigerated, they last for one week.
Preparation: Since these are kept in the refrigerator, warming them is the best way to eat them. Very good used in enchilada recipes.
Bottom line: These gluten free tortillas are extremely tasty. They cost a bit more than the Mission brand, but worth every penny. Delicious whether in a wrap sandwich or as a taco.
French Meadow Gluten Free Tortillas
The facts: Made with rice flour and tapioca starch, certified gluten free. Zero grams of trans fats per serving. Ingredients list from website: Rice flour, tapioca starch, filtered water, glycerine, contains less than 2% of the following: corn starch, expeller pressed canola oil, salt, sugar, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), organic guar gum, xanthan gum.
Preparation: According to their website, just heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds and enjoy.
Bottom line: Whether making burritos or sandwiches, these tortillas are extremely good. They more resemble a flour tortilla with a very similar taste. These tortillas preform much better when used in a burrito or enchilada, rather than trying to get them to crisp up.
The facts: These tortillas are also called wraps. Made from millet and teff, they are very nutritious and packed with 15 grams of whole grains and a great source of fiber. Ingredients from their website: water, tapioca flour, whole grain ivory teff flour, whole grain millet flour, canola oil, soy lecithin, colloid powder (cellulose gum, maltodextrin, carrageenan), contains less than 2% of each of the following: guar gum, sea salt, honey, aluminum free leavening (monocalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch), to maintain freshness (sorbic acid and calcium propionate).
Preparation: Since these are wraps, they are also very versatile – use them for burritos or to make a nice sandwich. Even sweet fillings pair very nicely with these tortillas.
Bottom line: They taste great and since they are more of a wrap, they lend themselves well to even sweets. They are softer than most other tortillas, but yet maintain that tortilla texture. These provide that extra bit of great taste that is sometimes missing in tortillas.
While every one of these gluten free tortillas brings something unique to the playing field of gluten free living, the signature texture of a tortilla is an important aspect of a great tortilla.
Actually, there are two things that make up a great tortilla, texture is one of them, but taste is the other. Freshness, with lots of flavor is vital. As is the ability to hold them without them falling apart.
Every one of these tortillas tasted fresh and with a bit of tweaking, they all had that pliable texture you’d expect from a tortilla. So the next time you need an alternative for a gluten free sandwich, reach for these tortillas and enjoy a deliciously different, tasty meal.