AUTHENTIC MEXICAN MADE 
LOCALLY

La Tortilleria has come a long way since 2013 when the aroma of freshly pressed tortillas first filled the air of a quiet back street in Kensington. Our story begins when Gerardo, a proud Mexican who had settled in Australia, met Diana, a passionate traveller with a love of Mexican food and culture.

 

While Australians were beginning to enjoy real Mexican food, Gerardo and Diana felt something was still missing; truly authentic corn tortillas. The only tortillas widely available were either imported frozen, or made from processed imported tortilla flour. Longing for the tortillas they loved so much from the villages of Mexico - baked from freshly ground corn kernels - the duo decided to recreate the millennia old ‘nixtamal’ craft here in Australia, using all local ingredients.

 

After sourcing a stone mill and tortilla ovens from Mexico and finding Aussie farmers to grow their corn, they started baking. Soon fresh, healthy, traditionally made corn tortillas were coming out of the oven. Australians were long overdue for a taste of authentic Mexican food, and since that day food lovers have never looked back.

The Nixtamal Process

Originally developed by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, the nixtamal process soaks corn kernels in water with limestone to unlock the nutritional value in the corn. This releases the Vitamin B3, enabling it to be readily absorbed by the body and increases the availability of amino acids and calcium.

 

With only two ingredients, corn and a little sea salt, nixtamal tortillas are healthier, tastier and a truly authentic tortilla. They must be tasted to be understood and are as good today as they were thousands of years ago.

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STEP 1:

Harvest Australian-grown corn

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STEP 2:

Cook wholegrain kernels with water and lime

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STEP 3:

Soak overnight in lime water to release the nutrients

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STEP 4:

Rinse the corn

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STEP 5:

Stone-grind in the molino (mill), using volcanic stone from Mexico

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STEP 6:

This produces masa (dough)

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STEP 7:

Press and cook tortillas

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STEP 8:

Stack into piles

authentic ~ Quality ~ Natural ~ Tradition

Everything we do is rooted in our desire to share authentic Mexican cuisine with Australia, and eventually the world. Our ambition is to uphold tradition by showing chefs a standard they never knew existed and making real Mexican food accessible for home cooks.

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Hacemos todo con amor
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We love what we do and put everything into creating the most authentic Mexican products
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We love what we do and put everything into creating the most authentic Mexican products

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Nuestra familia
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Sharing the joy of Mexican cuisine with our food families far and wide
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Sharing the joy of Mexican cuisine with our food families far and wide

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Alimentos ancestrales y naturales
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We make food as it should be – healthy, natural, locally-sourced & sustainable
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We make food as it should be – healthy, natural, locally-sourced & sustainable

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Respeto a nuestras tradiciones
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We care deeply about honouring the roots of our culinary culture & traditions
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We care deeply about honouring the roots of our culinary culture & traditions

OUR FAMILY, THE HEART AND SOUL OF LA TORTILLERIA

Gerardo Lopez Co-Founder

A passionate adventurer and proud Chilango, Gerardo is originally from Mexico City. When he immigrated to Australia he saw an opportunity to follow his culinary dream and share authentic tortillas with his new home.

Diana Hull Co-Founder

Diana is passionate about healthy eating, sustainable food systems and preserving traditional methods of food preparation. During her travels in Mexico she fell in love with the tradition of nixtamal tortilla making.

Isaac Nava Chief Tortilla Maker

Isaac is a fourth-generation nixtamal tortilla maker from the central-north of Mexico. He has been making tortillas for as long as he can remember and now ensures every tortilla that emerges from the La Tortilleria oven, is a tribute to those back home in Mexico. 

Sachiko Makihara Head of Food Innovation

Sachi was born and raised in Mexico City and came to Australia in 2010 after building her career at the world-renowned Four Seasons in Dallas Texas. Sachi shares her love of authentic Mexican cuisine through teaching our cooking classes, creating recipes for our tortilla lovers and online food community, and cooking her family’s traditional recipes at our La Tortilleria Eatery.

A big shout out to all our tortilla makers, molino operators, taqueros, tamale makers, kitchen staff, customer helpers, finance gurus and cleaners. Muchas Gracias!