Our Tortilla Project is community based research that focuses on creating healthy, delicious, maize foods. We make tortillas and tamales inspired by Indigenous traditions, and Cacao Maize Power Cookies that bridge our chocolate and tortilla kitchens. The project reflects our commitment to support Ontario’s local, ecological farming community and provide our customers with nutritious, local, and sustainable food.
We make our tamales and tortillas from nixtamalized, non-GMO purple corn grown in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Nixtamal involves boiling the corn in an alkaline solution (either with lime stone or hardwood ash) to remove the husk of the corn. This activates the calcium, vitamins and proteins within the corn, making it 70% more digestible. The corn is then stone ground with amaranth flour to add additional protein, flavour, and nutrition, and then hand kneaded into masa balls for fresh tortillas and into tamales. We also source local, organic kidney beans and black beans from Chatham-Kent. These beans are cooked down with various spices and our 100% chocolate to make a delicious, nutritious bean mole used as a topping on our tortillas and as the filling in our tamales.
Our tamale and tortilla ingredients, including the toppings, are 97% Ontario grown and are FeastON certified! We are always experimenting with adding new local, seasonal foods to the Tortilla Project, including beans, squash, tomatoes, chilis, greens, herbs, and much more.
Tortilla Project Products
Our stone-ground, local maize foods are currently available at select farmers’ markets, special events, and to take home from our store at 1131 St. Clair Avenue West. Because our masa (maize dough for tortillas) is made fresh, we require one week’s notice to prepare fresh masa or tortillas for order.
All of our products are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and preservative-free.
Our tortillas are made fresh to order with our nixtamalised, non-GMO purple corn grown in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Try our tortillas for tacos, quesadillas, tortilla pizzas, tostadas, and more.
Our FeastON certified tamales are made with non-GMO, local purple corn from Chatham-Kent, Ontario. They are filled with a bean or lentil mole and local, seasonal vegetables. We serve our tamales open-face and topped with salsa, pickled cabbage, fresh organic greens, and toasted pepitas, this meal has all the key elements to a good dish: soft, crunch, spice, fresh, tangy, and savoury.
Our famous Cacao Maize Power Cookies are a staple at our store and farmers’ markets. You can also find them at Bolt Fresh Bar. These soft, brownie-like cookies are made from our non-GMO, local corn dried and blitzed into a flour, amaranth flour, chia seeds, black bean mole, coconut oil, 100% chocolate, and sweetened with a touch of agave. Finally, we place a square of our 65% Vanilla Sea Salt chocolate on top of each cookie for that extra bite of sweetness.
On of our newest items, these crunchy treats are inspired by the common snack called “alegria” or “little joy” found across Mexico. Made from popped amaranth and our 75% Darkness chocolate, we sweeten these round bites with either agave (vegan) or honey. For added crunch, flavour, and nutrition, we mix in pumpkin seeds, roasted cacao nibs, and organic dried cranberries!