3 local tortilla makers that have perfected the craft

Photo by Caleb Condit & Rebecca Norden

No, flour tortillas are not somehow “less authentic” than corn. KC is blessed with three spots making flour tortillas at an elite level.

Caramelo Tortillas

12-pack for $6 caramelotortillas.com

Sonora-born Ruben Leal started Caramelo Tortillas because he was longing for a taste of home. Sonoran tortillas omit a leavening agent, using only flour, salt, water and fat (traditionally lard—Caramelo also offers duck and avocado). His tortillas, which have a cult following among barbecue pits across the country, are so thin that you should be able to see the light of a clear blue morning shining through.

Yoli Tortilleria

10-pack for $5, 1668 Jefferson St., #100, KCMO. eatyoli.com.

At Yoli Tortilleria in the Westside neighborhood, Marissa Gencarelli produces the buttery, flaky flour tortillas she grew up with in her home state of Sonora. Yoli offers traditional Sonoran flour tortillas made with pork fat and a vegan option made with avocado oil. The structural integrity of these tissue-thin beauties is no joke—and the proof is in the Yoli breakfast burrito. (Note: This price has been corrected, sorry for any confusion.)

Carniceria y Tortilleria San Antonio

10-pack for $48, 30 Kansas Ave., KCK

The flour tortillas made fresh daily at Carniceria y Tortilleria San Antonio are markedly different from the processed and factory-perfect packages lining grocery store shelves. These splotchy ten-inch rounds are made with flour, salt, baking soda, oil and water and are large enough to roll up a house cat.

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