KCRW & Gustavo's Great Tortilla Tournament with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman
KCRW & Gustavo's Great Tortilla Tournament with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman
KCRW & Gustavo's Great Tortilla Tournament with Good Food’s Evan Kleiman

It's
back

Sunday
September•8

3:00PM•to•7:00PM
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D•T•L•A

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KCRW & Gustavo's Great Tortilla Tournament is back! SoCal muckraker and author of Taco USA Gustavo Arellano and KCRW’s Good Food host Evan Kleiman are scouring the supermarkets, restaurants and taco trucks of Southern California, looking for the best corn and flour tortillas of 2019. The four finalists will face off live on Sept. 8 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown LA. Join us to find out once and for all: Corn, or flour? The winner takes home the Golden Tortilla—our much coveted grand prize!

Our
Bracket•Buenísimo

Follow along as Gustavo and Evan Kleiman pick 64 tortillas (32 corn, 32 flour) from all across Southern California, split them into four brackets, seed them so underdogs match up against favorites, and do an elimination-style contest until there are only four left. These four finalists will face off live on Sept. 8 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. See ustedes there!

Corn

Flour

1st Round
16 Calidad
8 Del Bajio
9 La Mixteca
4 La Mazorca
13 Taqueria Tortilla Factory
6 Tortilleria La Talpense
11 La Rancherita Oxnard
3 Miramar
7 Sabor a Mexico
2 La Corona
15 El Campeon
2nd Round
1 Taco Maria
8 Del Bajio
5 La Tapatia
13 Taqueria Tortilla Factory
6 Tortilleria La Talpense
3 Miramar
7 Sabor a Mexico
15 El Campeon
3rd Round
1 Taco Maria
5 La Tapatia
6 Tortilleria La Talpense
7 Sabor a Mexico
4th Round
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5th Round
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5th Round
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4th Round
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3rd Round
1 Sonoratown
4 Mexicali Taco
3 La Azteca
2 Homestate
2nd Round
1 Sonoratown
9 N.G. Estilo Sonora
12 Arriola's
4 Mexicali Taco
6 Sonoritas
3 La Azteca
10 La Fiesta
2 Homestate
1st Round
1 Sonoratown
16 Calidad
9 N.G. Estilo Sonora
12 Arriola's
13 Trejo Tortilla Factory
6 Sonoritas
11 Del Comal
3 La Azteca
14 Las Palomas
7 La Venadita
10 La Fiesta
5 Lenchita's
12 La Gloria
4 Tortilleria La Fiesta
11 Arriola's
14 Tortilleria El Ranchero Foods
7 Tortilleria San Marcos
10 La Rancherita - Santa Ana
1 Kernel of Truth
8 Acapulco Tortilleria
5 Lenchita's
13 Tortilleria Mexico
6 Carnitas El Rey
3 La Princesita
10 La Rancherita
2 Guisados
1 Kernel of Truth
5 Lenchita's
6 Carnitas El Rey
2 Guisados
???
???
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1 Burritos La Palma
12 Las Cuatro Milpas
3 Jimenez Ranch Market
2 La Monarca
1 Burritos La Palma
8 Paco's Tacos
12 Las Cuatro Milpas
4 Salazar
6 Fonda Moderna
3 Jimenez Ranch Market
7 El Ruso
2 La Monarca
16 Gracias a Dios Tortillas
9 Sabor a Mexico
12 Las Cuatro Milpas
13 La Rancherita - Oxnard
14 La Central
10 Snack
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The•Quest

Go on your own journey to discover tortillas all over the Southland. Find out more about all the tortillas and their makers on Good Food.

F•A•Q•

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2019

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2018

What is KCRW & Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament?

On a cold, rainy day in 2018, Gustavo Arellano and KCRW decided it was time to search for the best tortillas in the greater Los Angeles area. After many ideas and conversations, the Great #TortillaTournament bracket was formed and the expert tasters began their hunt. The resulting tournament and event were so successful, they decided to do it again this year.

How were the tortillas selected?

Tortillas were selected to reflect the breadth of the culture in Southern California—tortillerias that have been neighborhood institutions for generations and mass-market ones. Tortillas made with heirloom, non-GMO corn from Mexico and those made from American corn. Tortillas from markets and restaurants. And tortillas from Orange County, Los Angeles County, Ventura County and the Inland Empire. Thick ones and thin ones and powdery and flaky ones and delicious ones and so much more.

How are the tortillas judged?

Easy--it’s all about the taste. Are they good, or not?

More detailed: Do they heat well? Does the corn taste like corn, and the flour like wheat? As they match up, is one fundamentally a better experience than the other?

Who is Gustavo?

Gustavo Arellano is a Southern California muckraker, features writer for the Los Angeles Times, longtime contributor to "Good Food" and does the "Orange County Line" every Monday during "Greater L.A."

When and where is the event?

Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 3:00p to 7:00p at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes near Union Station.

Does RSVP guarantee entry?

RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on a first-come, first-served basis until the event hits capacity.

What can and can’t I bring into the event?

You CAN bring:

  • Sealed water bottles
  • Blankets (there is a small lawn)
  • Small/medium sized bags

Please DO NOT bring:

  • Alcohol
  • Ice chests
  • Chairs of any kind
  • Large bags
  • Pets (except service animals with a current rabies certification)
  • Glass containers
  • Video recording equipment
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, tripods, large zoom lenses, and/or commercial-use camera assemblies)

How will I know if the event is at capacity?

Listen to KCRW 89.9 and follow KCRW on Twitter for real time updates on capacity the day of the event.

What does the event feature?

The event will include tortilla tastings, KCRW DJs spinning music all afternoon, multiple food vendors (think Vegan-Mex, burritos, and the like), a bar, tortilla art with artist Joe Bravo, kids activities and much more for tortilla fans to enjoy! Evan and Gustavo will also be narrowing down the FINAL FOUR tortillas to determine who takes home the Golden Tortilla!

What is the Golden Tortilla?

Exactly what it sounds like: a gold tortilla on a plaque. This trophy will be presented to the winner to take home on September 8th!

Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?

There will be multiple food vendors and a cash bar so come hungry and thirsty.

Still have more questions?

Email events@kcrw.org and we will do our best to answer them for you.

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