The Best Corn Tortillas: Our Updated Ranking

You know when you go to a restaurant and they ask if you’d prefer corn tortillas or flour tortillas? Well, the best corn tortillas might make you reconsider your first choice. Sure, flour tortillas are great for breakfast tacos, fish tacos, and delicious, lard-cooked refried bean burritos. But corn tortillas are perfect to pair with fruity chile peppers, aromatic pico de gallo, and braised meats. Flour tortillas are neutral. Corn tortillas bring flavor.

Still, when it comes to how “corny” a corn tortilla should taste, preferences vary. White corn tortillas have a chewy texture and a less corn-forward flavor, whereas yellow corn tortillas are more traditional and have an assertive corn flavor. For your specific culinary needs, we sat down for a second corn tortilla taste test and updated this list with some white corn tortillas (plus, a hybrid corn-and-wheat tortilla). Whether you’re making tacos, enchiladas, or tortilla soup, these are the best corn tortillas at the grocery store.


Best for Street Tacos

Mi Rancho Taco Sliders

Not everyone on the Sporked team was a fan of Mi Rancho, but these are the most corn-forward of the corn tortillas on this list and that has to count for something Personally, I would have ranked them much higher (yes, even though the package says “taco sliders”). It’s hard to argue with the quality. I used these street taco-sized corn tortillas  to make breakfast tacos with pickled jalapeños and they were great. I think these are also the best corn tortillas on this list for braised meats like barbacoa and chicken tinga. I recommend heating Mi Rancho corn tortillas on an open flame to extract all the delicious roasted corn flavor. —Danny Palumbo

Rating:

6.5/10

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Best Large

Romero’s Yellow Corn Tortillas

For king-sized corn tortillas, Romero’s corn tortillas are a solid choice. These have a decent corn flavor and aren’t as brittle as some of the other corn tortillas we tried (looking at you, Mission). One reason these are making the list of the best corn tortillas is that they stay soft for a while after you heat them up. They don’t have the level of structural integrity as others we ranked higher, but they’ll get the job done. —Ariana Losch

Rating:

7/10

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Best Mixed Corn & Wheat

La Tortilla Factory Yellow Corn & Wheat Handmade Style Tortillas

Gluten-free girlies can skip this one! La Tortilla Factory handmade-style corn and wheat tortillas check a lot of boxes, but they aren’t 100% corn. They do taste like corn tortillas, though (especially compared to the brand’s white corn and wheat version). Structurally, they hold up like flour tortillas, which makes them perfect for juicy taco fillings. Overall, these are a winning combo of sturdiness and nutty corn flavor, even if they’re not authentic corn tortillas. —Ariana Losch

Rating:

7/10

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Best Ingredients

Trader Joe’s Corn Tortillas

With only three ingredients (white corn, water, and lime), Trader Joe’s corn tortillas are chewy and flavorful. Structurally, they hold together quite nicely, as well. Corn tortillas in general can be a bit brittle, which is why taco stands often serve them doubled up. You don’t need to double up on Trader Joe’s corn tortillas, though. These are the best corn tortillas if you’re looking for something that can hold some weight. Pile up one of these puppies with fish taco ingredients—tilapia, crema, avocado, pico de gallo, and shredded cabbage slaw. They may not last as long in the fridge, but if you have a preference for preservative-free products, these corn tortillas are a great choice. —Danny Palumbo

Rating:

8/10

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Best Handmade-Style

El Milagro Corn/Maiz Tortillas

This is exactly what I’m looking for in a corn tortilla. El Milagro brings a really great corn flavor, and the tortillas themselves are soft and chewy. Heck, these are even pretty good even if you don’t heat them up. Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart found them to be lacking a bit in the salt department, but that’s easy to fix—just add toppings. The corn-forward flavor and outstanding texture of these things will compliment any type of taco you plan on making. You can’t go wrong with El Milagro. —Danny Palumbo

Rating:

8.5/10

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White Corn Runner Up

Guerrero White Corn Tortillas

I’ve met a few people now who swear by Guerrero corn tortillas, and I totally get it. Despite being white corn tortillas, these taste more corn-forward than Romero’s yellow corn tortillas (confusing, but true). Flexible and chewy, these certainly set a standard that’s hard to beat. They don’t have the same handmade charm as El Milagro, though, which have a more rustic texture and are slightly thicker. These tortillas are smooth and lightweight—so really, between the four best corn tortillas on this list, it comes down to your personal preference. —Ariana Losch

Rating:

9/10

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Best White Corn

La Banderita White Corn Tortillas

Look, I stand by my personal preference comment, but these white corn tortillas are pretty much perfect. They’re so pillowy and thick. They tear, fold, and roll without breaking, but they still taste handmade and incredibly soft. The yellow corn version, (spoiler: the best corn tortillas on this list), are just a little more corn-forward, which we prefer here at Sporked. So depending on what you like, you’ve got some pretty great options. —Ariana Losch

Rating:

10/10

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Best of the Best

La Banderita Yellow Corn Tortillas

“Am I in a restaurant?” my colleague Jordan Myrick asked when they took a bite of one of these La Banderita yellow corn tortillas. These are the best corn tortillas we tried for a few reasons. They’re soft, tasty, and have a nice corn flavor that is enhanced when you toast them on an open flame. The combination of great corn flavor and chewy texture is exactly what we’re looking for in a tortilla. These tortillas really make me want to slow braise some pork barbacoa at home and stuff that spicy, deliciously fatty meat into them. These will inspire you. —Danny Palumbo

Rating:

10/10

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Other products we tried: Mission Street Tacos Corn Tortillas, Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas, Mission White Corn Soft Tortillas, Mission Super Soft Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas, Kroger white corn tortillas, First Street white corn tortillas, Maria and Ricardo’s, Ole Mexican Foods, Pueblo Lindo white corn tortillas, Food 4 Life corn tortillas, 365 corn tortillas, La Tortilla Factory Tortillas, White Corn & wheat, Handmade Style, La Fe Tortillas No Preservative Corn Tortillas, La Fe Tortillas Organic Corn Tortillas, Romero’s Whole Grain Corn Tortillas

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The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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  • People with Celiac are not “ Gluten-free girlies” asshole!

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  • I don’t know how widely available El Comal tortillas are, but they jumped ahead of La Banderita for me personally.

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