Cool chile corn tortillas review - featuring gluten free beef tacos made with white and blue corn

Cool Chile Corn Tortillas Review + Beef Tacos {gluten free}

{Skip below for the beef tacos recipe}

If you love Mexican food and miss proper tortillas – which are such a necessity when making classic Mexican dishes – you absolutely need to get these!

Cool Chile Company is one of the only (if not the only) brand to have released proper gluten free corn tortillas in the UK. At least to my knowledge as I’ve never personally found any in supermarkets!  If you know of any other brands, leave a comment below – I’d love to know! 🙂

And by that I mean real tortillas (aka soft taco shells) made from masa harina. This type of corn flour is made with corn kernels that have been soaked and cooked in a lime water solution before being hulled and ground. This process is said to increase the nutritional value, improve the flavour and more importantly, produce a softer texture. This is quite important for corn tortillas. No recipe ever recommends using normal corn flour. If you’ve ever looked into making your own tortillas, you’ve probably stumbled on this information time and time again. Basically masa harina is what you need. It’s also hard to find in the UK, in my experience, so Cool Chile have just made my life a lot easier!

You can find these at Whole Foods. They cost about £2.50 for 10 tortillas (which isn’t too bad for a gluten free product) and come in two different varieties, blue and white corn.

Gluten free Cool Chile Company soft corn tortillas from Whole foods - Cool Chile corn tortillas
Blue and white Cool Chile corn tortillas!

I recently stumbled on these by accident in Whole Foods (the Piccadilly Circus branch) so I don’t really know how long they’ve been around or where else they may be sold (I couldn’t find that information on their website), but oh my god!! I’ve honestly been searching and dreaming of these since the day I went gluten free!

Update 12.03.17: click {here} for a list all stockists.

Why does this country put wheat in every single wrap? Even those sold as corn tortillas are always part wheat as well! This has always puzzled (and annoyed) me to no end… Seeing as tortillas are, you know, actually meant to be made from corn after all. I understand that wheat is a cheap ingredient and that it’s therefore used in a lot of foods… But you’d think there’d be some brands offering true corn tortillas out there.

Of course I know other types of gluten free wraps are available in supermarkets these days, but they’re just not the same! And I’m sure some websites sell corn tortillas in this country, but to be honest I’m not really a fan of online food shopping. I prefer products that I can easily and regularly purchase from shops and supermarkets. Otherwise they always become once in a blue moon kind of treats.

Having said that, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a Whole Foods nearby! So if you wish to buy them on the Internet, Cool Chile Company does have an online shop to order from directly. I believe they also offer the option to collect orders in person, which could be useful for those living nearby (in North West London).

For more information, check out their website {here}.

And btw, they’re amazing!

Gluten free beef tacos wit with guacamole - made with soft cool chile corn tortillas

They have a great texture – super soft and pliable – and I love that they also have a blue corn version. Despite growing up in Canada (where we grow and eat a hell of lot of corn), I had never tried blue corn before. I never really knew the difference, besides the colour, and had to do a bit of research to learn more.

It turns out that blue corn is nutritionally superior, or so the internet says. Some sources claim it contains 20-30% more proteins than standard white/yellow corn and that these are more complete. Other benefits such as higher iron and zinc content are also mentioned.

I don’t know how true the above information is, but another key difference is its flavour. It’s sweeter and nuttier which pleasantly surprised me so to be honest I would highly recommend the blue version for that reason alone! I think it’s officially my favourite. 🙂

Suddenly my life and Mexican food can be one again. Fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas… here I come! 😉

Gluten Free Beef Tacos Recipe

Ingredients

  • Cool Chile corn tortillas (or any gluten free taco shells, of course)
  • 250g minced beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • A few garlic cloves (or garlic powder)
  • 2 salad tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (bottled or fresh)
  • 1-2 Tbsp tequila
  • 1 heaped Tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 Tbsp honey or sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Toppings:

  • Extra mature cheddar
  • Optional: guacamole
  • Optional: sour cream
  • Optional: salsa

Note: if you can’t get Cool Chile corn tortillas or any other gluten free soft taco shells near you, Santa Maria hard taco shells are also great and naturally gluten free as well. 🙂

Directions

  1. Slice the onion, tomatoes and bell pepper and then finely chop the garlic.
  2. Pan fry the minced beef on medium/high heat in a bit of olive oil.
  3. Once the beef is fully cooked, turn the heat down to medium/low and add all the seasonings: cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt and black pepper. Fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Fry for a few minutes and add more oil if necessary.
  5. Add a bit of water, the tomatoes, tomato purée, honey and lime juice. Cook until the tomatoes begin to break down and the water evaporates.
  6. Push everything to one side and add the tequila directly to the pan. Cook briefly and then stir it into the food. Cook for 1 more minute and you’re done.
  7. Serve on soft or hard taco shells along with cheese and your choice of sauces on top.
  8. Note: toast the tortillas first. To do so, add a tiny bit of olive oil in a frying or griddle pan and heat the tortillas (on medium/low heat) for a couple of minutes (flipping them from time to time), until pockets of air form.

Gluten free beef tacos made with Cool Chile corn tortillas
And there you have it, beef tacos made with blue and white Cool Chile corn tortillas. 🙂

Enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. Virginia Wenzel

    I’m looking for a corn tortilla that can be fried at home to make a hard shell taco. I would like to order some for my son who lives in Borehamwood. I’ve been buying Mission brand here in California and mailing them to him.

    • Hi Virginia! The UK is so behind when it comes to taco shells. lol I’ve only found two gluten free soft taco shells so far, Cool Chile Company and Old El Paso recently released some (can be bought in Sainsbury’s). But we do have one gluten free hard taco shell brand in supermarkets if your son is interested: Santa Maria. I don’t know where else they’re sold, but I buy mine in Sainsbury’s. Hope this helps. 🙂

  2. Matias Gutierrez

    You should try Mextrade fresh corn tortillas, they are GMO free too, more authentic and the flavour is way much delicious, those are a proper Mexican corn tortillas!! Mestizo restaurant located in #103 Hampstead Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 3EL sell them, they got them every Wednesday fresh!
    give them a try 😉

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