Top 5 Signs You’re About To Have A GREAT Tortilla

SoHo Taco Gourmet Taco Catering & Food Truck - Santa Ana - Orange County - CA - Tortilla Masa
Tortilla "masa" (or "dough"), made with our own
signature recipe, ready to be pressed & grilled by hand.

[S]oHo Taco proudly serves tortilla hecha a mano (or “handmade tortillas”) all the time on our gourmet food truck and, upon request, at our taco catering carts.  But, if you’re nowhere near any of our carts nor our truck, there are still some tell-tale signs that you’re in for a very good tortilla.

SoHo Taco Gourmet Taco Catering & Food Truck - Santa Ana - Orange County - CA - Tortilla On The Grill
One of our handmade tortillas on the grill.

1. The Edge of the Tortilla is All Sorts Of Wonky & Jagged

Simply looking at a photo (like the one on the left) you can instantly tell it’s handmade and not from a bag if the edges tend to be a bit jagged and wonky.  When the masa goes on the press, it spreads out in any old way it wants.  If it’s perfectly circular, then it was most likely made by a machine.

2.  The Masa Is Made From Scratch, Not Store Bought

The next time you order a taco served on a handmade tortilla, ask where they got the masa.  Hands down (pun fully intended) the best type is made from scratch.  At SoHo Taco, we use our own secret recipe that cannot be found on any store shelf nor pre-made at your local Latin grocery store.

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3.  The Tortilla Was Made About 10 to 15 Minutes Ago

One of the heartbreaking things we experience on the truck is when someone asks for their tacos to go.  We understand that folks are in a hurry and can’t stick around too long.  But, handmade tortillas have a “window of greatness” which is about 10 to 15 minutes.  After that time frame, the tortillas go from “great” to “pretty good”.  So, the best time to have a taco is the moment you have it in your hand.

SoHo Taco Gourmet Taco Catering & Food Truck - Santa Ana - Orange County - CA - Tortilla Masa Getting Pressed
Skilled hands at the tortilla press.

4.  You Have A Skilled Tortilla Maker Grilling Up the Tortillas

Both on our gourmet food truck and on our taco catering carts, our super-skilled tortilla makers only have one task: make the tortillas.  Unless things get super, duper busy they rarely do any of the taco assembly, calling of names or working the register.  Making a tortilla by hand requires constant supervision from beginning to end, it’s pretty intense.

5.  The Tortillas Are Made By SoHo Taco

Sorry for the obvious product placement, but it’s true!  Our standards are such that if the tortillas are too dry, they aren’t cooperating on the grill, they don’t taste the way they should, then we simply won’t serve them.  It is through our rigorous training and utmost care that we can ensure the very best tortilla goes out every time.  Fortunately, the girls we have on staff are so good at adapting to various surroundings and climates, they know how to bring out the very best tortillas in almost any challenging situation.

In a perfect world, every taco you have will be served on a tortilla hecha a mano.  If you’ve never had one before, prepare yourself for an exceptional treat and one of the best tacos experiences by far.  And, if you’re a veteran, then hopefully our tips will help make sure the next one you have will be the very best.

Until next time, buen provecho!

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