You wanna talk about a serious issue for Gluten Free folks? Start talking Wraps & Tortillas. As a general rule, we've found that G-Free eaters have been unhappy about their tortilla choices, and we understand. There are some products that are just plain hard to reproduce under Gluten Free conditions, and Wraps & Tortillas must be one of them, because there are some unfortunate-tasting products out there. On the bright side - we've tasted through lots of tortillas, and here's a list of the best G-Free Foodie finds for you to try!
*The key to eating Gluten Free Tortillas or Wraps is to warm them. Most of the products we tried included directions for warming on the package. For sure, all Gluten Free tortillas should be at room temperature before bending or folding.
Best Overall Tortilla/Wrap: Whole Grain Ivory Teff Wraps from Sonoma All Natural by La Tortilla Factory - we love these wraps! Great texture & flavor, they don't fall apart with moist fillings, and they brown with out getting super-crunchy under the broiler. These wraps are Dairy Free too, find them in retail stores nationwide.
Best "Flour" Style Tortilla: Gluten Free-Wheat Free Toritlla by Maria and Ricardo's Tortilla Factory - These tortillas have a bright-white appreance and fold well when warmed. They are made from a blend of Tapioca, Sorghum & Potato flours and Sunflower oil. These tortillas are new to the Maria and Ricardo's product line, so you may want to request them at your local grocer or natural products store.
Best Brown Rice Tortilla: We're at a tie here at G-Free Foodie, some of us like the Whole Grain Brown Rice Tortilla from Food for Life, some of us are in the Trader Joe's Brown Rice Tortilla camp. These products are both good, so get the ones you can find most easily. We think Brown Rice tortillas are best in grilled or broiled applications, because they can get a little chewy. The Food for Life tortillas are Kosher, and the Trader Joe's ones are Vegan, Dairy & Soy Free. Find Food for Life products at national retailers, and Trader Joe's products at their stores.
Best Soft Taco Size Tortillas: We like the flavor & texture of the Gluten Free Tortillas from French Meadow Bakery, and they're Dairy & Peanut Free, too. The 6 inch size of these tortillas make them great for soft tacos or other hand-held applications, but warm them first - these tortillas have a tendency to crack. Find French Meadow products at national retailers.
Corn Tortillas: There are tons of great corn tortillas out there - we can't mention them all! Here are some tips: good corn tortillas shouldn't contain much more than Corn, Salt, Water and Lime, so if you're looking at a huge ingredient list, choose another brand. A tip from Ted Schroder, Founder of Pure Tacos in New Jersey: "Use high, dry heat to roast them (corn tortillas) prior to eating. Put a pan on your burner turned up to its highest setting and wait for the pan to get extremely hot (preferably 500 degrees if you have an infrared thermometer). Roast each corn tortilla on each side for 8-10 seconds."
Here's a Recipe for Corn Tortillas if you'd like to make your own!