Local Producer Spotlight: Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas

Here at Union Street Grill & Grotto, we support local producers and build our delectable menu around the fresh, local ingredients that are available in the bountiful Comox Valley.

Here’s just one of the hardworking local producers that we’re proud to support…

Abuelo’s provides authentic corn tortillas to satisfied customers

Since August 2009, Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas has been producing scrumptious handmade, 100% organic and gluten-free corn tortillas from their family run tortilla factory in Courtenay.

Upon moving to the Comox Valley, the Miller Family took their love for carefully prepared food and bought The Road Runner Café—serving authentic Mexican food alongside Canadian breakfast fare. While developing their menu, they quickly became dissatisfied with the quality of tortillas available to them.

The corn tortillas available locally were simply not of the same quality their family ate in Mexico. The problem was solved when Jesus Miller developed a recipe in her own kitchen and the Millers started producing tortillas themselves.

The restaurant response was overwhelming, and they began selling pre-packaged tortillas to meet customer demand. Sales skyrocketed and soon local whole food grocer Edible Island began carrying the product.

After about two years, the opportunity arose to focus on making tortillas at a rate that could meet market demand, and so the Miller’s chose tortillas over the restaurant. They continue to satisfy the bellies of happy customers across Vancouver Island and Vancouver with their product.

Why do we choose Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas?

With family honour and pride, Abuelo’s lovingly makes traditional tortillas by hand with select organic ingredients and non-GMO corn masa flour. These preservative- and additive-free tortillas are also 100% gluten-free.

Believing that if they won’t eat it themselves, they won’t sell it, Abuelo’s doesn’t have a fully automated tortilla making process. Instead, they continue to hand-press dough in their traditional wooden tortilla press.

The Millers see your family as their family, and it’s evident when you bite into their tortillas or tortilla chips for the first time. For them, “living and enjoying the traditions of life in Mexico give an appreciation for local foods and the care that comes with cooking for family.”

Where else can you find Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas?

Loved throughout the Comox Valley, Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas can be found at the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market, as well as a variety of grocers and retailers in the area. And don’t forget they can be found on the menu of fabulous fine restaurants—like us! We use Abuelo’s corn tortillas and tortilla chips in a variety of our dishes.

You can find our lunch menu and dinner menu online alongside our gluten-free menu. Call us today at 250-897-0081 to make a reservation or order take-out!