There are many foods that I love. But there are a few foods that transcend the usual love I have for food and are in an entirely new plane of food awareness. And today I am going to discuss one of those foods: the corn tortilla.
Now the corn tortilla is normally an afterthought, used to contain the cheesy goodness of a quesadilla or as a vessel to transport the spiced potato and onion of a breakfast taco. But I would like to bring some more awareness to this often overlooked and purely delicious source of carbohydrates.
The summer I lived in Mexico, my house mom would buy fresh tortillas every day from the market down the street and I was addicted. Since getting back from Mexico (over 2 years ago!) I have been continuously disappointed by the tortillas in the US. Until now.
I should have known that my local grocer here in Austin would not disappoint when it came to tortillas. I mean, they have nopales (cactus), tunas (cactus pears), horchata, agua fresca and other delicious Mexican treats that are just too far from Virginia. But now that I’m only 4 hours from my beloved Mexico, I have access to it all! The sheer size of the tortilla aisle is mind boggling and the smell is absolutely intoxicating. I tried the whole wheat flour variety, which were good, but for $2.68 you got 10 tortillas. I switched to the corn this time and got 30 for $1.50. I’m no genius, but hello money saver!
Corn tortillas taste better and, when warmed a bit, hold up better to food inside them. They are chewier, tastier, and the ones at my store aren’t made with lard. I’m fully aware that corn isn’t a “whole grain” and that the whole wheat flour tortilla variety would be better for me. But there are some foods that I’m not willing to cut corners with. I figure I eat healthy enough most of the time, I can risk a few calories and some starch intake with corn tortillas. They are just worth it!
Is there a food that you absolutely love and refuse to compromise with? What food do you prefer in the real form and not the healthier version?