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

Masa Madness

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 scoured the supermarkets, restaurants and taco trucks of Southern California looking for the best corn and flour tortillas of 2020, and we’re down to the FUERTE FOUR. Put your hands together for Homestate, El Ruso, Taco Maria, and El Cholo! Gustavo and Evan will be joined by judges Mona Holmes (Eater LA) and Connie Alvarez (KCRW) for a live virtual finale to determine the question that plagues us all: Where can I find the best tortilla in Southern California?

The event will feature live tortilla making demos from each of the Fuerte Four, plus KCRW DJ and tortilla enthusiast Raul Campos will provide the soundtrack for our munchin’. Learn how to make the perfect corn and flour tortillas, and ask those burning questions you’ve had on your mind for years. Here’s a link to the ingredients you’ll need to make tortillas alongside the masters!

You can also taste along with the judges using our handy guide here. KCRW members, there are some great deals in there for you!

2020 Buenisimo Bracket

Corn

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

Flour

1st Round
1 Taco Maria
16 La Carreta
8 Tortilleria Playa Azul
9 Tortilleria La Pequeñita
5 Tallulah's
12 Juanita's Tortilleria
4 Guisados
13 Nuño Bros
6 Mitla Café
11 San Gabriel Market
3 La Tapatia #5
14 Tortilleria Flor de Mayo
7 El Toro Bravo
10 Taqueria Ventura Doña Raquel
2 Carnitas El Rey
15 La Chapalita
2nd Round
1 Taco Maria
8 Tortilleria Playa Azul
5 Tallulah's
13 Nuño Brothers
6 Mitla Café
14 Tortilleria Flor de Mayo
10 Taqueria Ventura Doña Raquel
2 Carnitas El Rey
3rd Round
1 Taco Maria
13 Nuño Brothers
6 Mitla Café
2 Carnitas El Rey
4th Round
1 Taco Maria
6 Mitla Cafe
5th Round
1 Taco Maria
5th Round
1 HomeState
4th Round
1 HomeState
3 Jimenez Ranch Market
3rd Round
1 HomeState
5 Tallulah's
3 Jimenez Ranch Market
15 La Chapalita
2nd Round
1 HomeState
9 Casablanca
5 Tallulah's
4 La Azteca
11 San Gabriel Market
3 Jimenez Ranch market
10 Juanita's Tortilleria
15 La Chapalita
1st Round
1 HomeState
16 La Carreta
8 El Ciclón
9 Casablanca
5 Tallulah's
12 Nuño Brothers
4 La Azteca
13 Mr. Tortilla
6 El Ruso
11 San Gabriel Market
3 Jimenez Ranch Market
14 Cabo Chips
7 Mitla Café
10 Juanita's Tortilleria
2 La Monarca
15 La Chapalita
1 Kernel of Truth
16 Big Saver Foods
8 La Jolla Tortilleria
9 Acapico
5 Tehachapi Grain Project
12 El Fortin
4 Sabor a Mexico
13 La Sopresa Tortilleria
6 El Ruso
11 Ramirez Tortilleria
3 Lenchita's
14 Tortilleria Acapulco
7 La Favorita
10 El Zocalo
2 La Talpense
15 Joselito
1 Kernel of Truth
8 La Jolla Tortilleria
5 Tehachapi Grain Project
4 Sabor a Mexico
6 El Ruso
3 Lenchita's
7 La Favorita
2 La Talpense
1 Kernel of Truth
5 Tehachapi Grain Project
6 El Ruso
2 La Talpense
1 Kernel of Truth
6 El Ruso
6 El Ruso
8 El Cholo
8 El Cholo
6 Ama Cita
8 El Cholo
5 Tehachapi Grain Project
6 Ama Cita
7 Anchos
1 Burritos La Palma
8 El Cholo
5 Tehachapi Grain Project
13 Sol
6 Ama Cita
14 Gonzalez
7 Ancho's
2 Sonoratown
1 Burritos La Palma
16 Big Saver Foods
8 El Cholo
9 La Jolla Tortilleria
5 Tehachapi Grain Project
12 El Gallito Market
4 Mexicali Taco
13 Sol
6 Ama Cita
11 La Fe
3 La Cuatro Milpas
14 Gonzalez
7 Ancho's Southwest Grill
10 Café Rio
2 Sonoratown
15 Ezekiel 4:9
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