Tortillas are an essential staple in Mexican cuisine and they date back to 10,000 BC when they were originally made by Aztecs and Mayans. They’re also extremely versatile in the modern kitchen and can be prepared in a number of deliciously gluten-free ways. While wheat tortillas are off-limits to those with gluten intolerance, many brands of corn tortillas are made without any gluten-containing ingredients (although some brands have a risk of cross-contamination). However, if you are craving a true wheat-style tortilla, there are some gluten-free brands to be found.
If you want a wheat-style tortilla, La Tortilla Factory makes a Gluten-Free Ivory Teff Wrap made of teff and millet grains. In addition, Food For Life offers gluten-free Brown Rice Tortillas and French Meadow Bakery sells Gluten-Free Tortillas as well.
Gluten-free corn tortillas are easier to come as several brands such as Mission Foods, Great Value (Wal-Mart), and Winn-Dixie all make their corn tortillas without gluten-containing ingredients. However, cross-contamination can always be an issue with products that are not specifically made on gluten-free lines, so caution is needed.
Tortillas are especially kid-friendly and can be used in a variety of creative ways, such as:
- Mexican Pizza: Kids love this one! Spread tomato sauce on a tortilla and top with cheese, meats, and veggies, then bake until crispy.
- Burritos: Whether it’s a traditional beef, chicken, or bean burrito topped with salsa and cheese or a breakfast burrito stuffed with a combo of eggs, cheese, and breakfast meat, burritos are super easy to make with gluten-free.
- Quesadillas: Put some cheese in between layers of tortillas and melt for Mexican-style grilled cheese.
- Sandwich Wraps: Tortillas easily double as a wrap to make portable rolled-up sandwiches.
- Tortilla chips: Brush with oil, slice into wedges, scatter on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt (or some lime juice) and bake at 375˚ until golden, turning during baking. You can also sprinkle with cinnamon sugar instead of salt for a sweet crispy treat.
- Tortilla Soup: Warm up your favorite can of gluten-free bean soup and top with baked tortilla strips, avocado, cheese, and sour cream.
What’s your favorite GF tortilla brand? How many ways can you use a tortilla?