Mexican food wasn’t very popular in our home, but when my husband Tony went on a gluten-free diet, he was craving burritos. And little corn tortillas just weren’t cutting it. Then one day, I saw them. Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas displayed prominently at the head of the aisle in all their wheat-free, gluten-free glory. This was a slam-dunk sale.
Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas are a Good Size for Gluten Free
Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas are medium in size, which is great for enchiladas or mid-sized burritos. I noticed upon taking them from the package that they are a bit crispy chewy. So I covered two with a wet paper towel and microwaved them for thirty seconds. This definitely helped with the pliability and chew, but pan-heating also works well.
My husband quite liked them, as they didn’t fall apart at all mid-meal like so many wheat tortillas do. He enjoyed the flavor, and though not overly enthused, found them to be a good medium for his burrito. I was a bit surprised at first, even when still warm, the tortillas were quite chewy and a bit tough. Certainly not something my wheat-consuming friends will be trying to steal from my cupboards. However, they did grow on me, and I must admit, the way they didn’t break apart was pretty cool.
At first I wasn’t too set back by the price at $1.99 (we first purchased them in 2007 – this review has been updated). Though I realized after purchase that this was for just six tortillas. Also, on my return to the store only two weeks later, the price had risen to $2.29, and soon after, $2.49. That was some quick inflation on a brand new product! (They have since risen to $3.49!) But, if you need a tortilla, you need a tortilla. We did repurchase a couple of times, but eventually our Mexican food cravings gave way to dishes that didn’t require purchasing Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas.
Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas are Food for Life, We Think
Trader Joe’s sources their products from other food manufacturers, but has them put their own private label on the packaging. We’re pretty sure Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas are actually Food For Life Brown Rice Tortillas. They’re identical in ingredients, nutrition, and taste.
Ingredients: brown rice flour, filtered water, tapioca flour, safflower oil, rice bran, vegetable gum (xanthan, cellulose), sea salt.
Nutrition (per 2-ounce tortilla): 130 calories, 2.5g fat, 24g carbs, 2g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 2g protein.*
The Facts on Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas
Price: $3.49 per 6-count
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas.
Availability: Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas are sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s stores in the U.S. If you aren’t near a Trader Joe’s, you can look for Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas, which are the same, but more expensive.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Trader Joe’s website at www.traderjoes.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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These were $2.99 for me this week in western Washington. I haven’t had these for years so I thought I’d give them a whirl again. The chewy texture and funky taste were off-putting enough to prevent me from buying them again. If I really want a gluten-free tortilla, I’ll pick Mission even though I don’t care for their laundry list of ingredients. It’s easier than making my own.
Simple and healthy ingredients
These burrito-makers win high marks for convenience and competitiveness in both price and simple, healthy ingredients. They’re also a nice medium-size for making most of your favorite Mexican meals and they hold together amazingly well. But alas, the very chewy texture is hard to get past. Heating helps, but as it quickly cools, the texture toughens making these tortillas a bit hard to swallow.