BLOOMINGTON — Lovers of authentic Mexican cuisine can have traditional corn tortillas made fresh every day courtesy of Tortilleria Guadalupana, a new tortilla bakery in Bloomington.
“Friends pointed out to us the importance of bringing something unique and fresh,” said Cristina Deutsch, who started the bakery with her husband, Ed.
Guadalupana’s corn tortillas are made each morning from batter and rolled out by a machine that sends each individual tortilla down two conveyor belts: One that bakes it and another that cools it off. A customer who comes into the store at 1305 Morrissey Ave. might see the couple counting out and packaging their freshly-made product. Everybody can enjoy the aroma, however.
It’s a delicate process that took some practice, said Ed Deutsch. With some hard work, the machine’s only waste comes from the first three or four tortillas after the batter is mixed, he said.
“There was a learning curve, like with anything,” he said.
The couple, both retired, were inspired to bring the unique and sought-after product to Bloomington after a visit to their son in Texas. Tortilla machines similar to theirs are common out West, but they saw an unfulfilled demand in the Hispanic community in the Twin Cities, Cristina Deutsch said. For fresh, authentic, traditional corn tortillas, families often have to go as far as Peoria or Chicago.
“We saw this in every neighborhood (in Texas),” Deutsch said. “It brings back memories to a lot of Mexicans and Central Americans.”
The machine came from a distributor in Texas. It was a big investment and a bit tricky to install, but the product is being well-received. Customers have praised the tortillas on the store’s Facebook page. Deutsch said she hopes to reach out to local restaurants to see if there’s a market for locally-made tortillas as well.
The store also is offering other traditional treats. Patrons can buy fresh-baked Mexican breads, cookies and cakes delivered daily from Panaderia Ortiz Bakery in Peoria, or Mexican Coca-Cola by the bottle.
Tortilleria Guadalupana is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and sells tortillas for 75 cents a dozen.