El Lago participated in the National Instruments Go Local Fair. We showcased our Tortillas and Chips handing out 5lbs of chips to over 400 National Instruments employees. Companies from all over Austin were a the fair handing out samples and selling their wares. El Lago donated a gift basket of chips and tortillas which was won by one of the employees. Some lucky visitors walked away with a package of tortillas. All were given chips.
El Lago was paired right next to Winston’s Hot Pepper Sauce. This was perfect. Everyone that tried their sauce used our chips. A match made in heaven.
Some of the attendees were excited to see our Probiotic and Gluten free tortillas. Some said they were going to the HEB Grocery Managers to ask for the gluten free tortillas. In Austin if you don’t see an El Lago product in your store, all you have to do is ask the Grocery Manager and he will get in touch with us. We should have it there by the end of the week.
We love doing these events so that we can get the El Lago name out there where people see it. If your company is promoting local companies at a fair let us know and we will see if we can participate.
HEB has done a reset on the bread aisle. This has impacted the tortillas section. There are new displays for the healthier tortilla options. These resets were from January 10th to February 10th and should now be complete.
18 months ago El Lago introduced the first probiotic tortilla to the Texas market. The tortillas immediately got noticed in Edible Austin and The Austin American Statesman. Made with canola oil instead of vegetable shorting and containing probiotics, these tortillas are a healthier choice. These tortilla are in the new healthy for you sections.
Corn Table Tortillas You Love!
Over the last few years you have seen changes to the family pack. From the old yellow, red, and green logo to the green and white probiotic bag, the packaging has changed but the product was good.
Now we are packaging the family pack of corn tortillas in new bag. As you see it has our updated logo in red, white, and blue. It also sports the Kosher KSA logo. The product is still the same quality corn tortilla you are familiar with having on your table.
Gluten free and all natural corn tortillas made with love and care right here in Austin, Texas. We are proud to be an active member in the central Texas community.
El Lago has Gluten Free Tortillas at the HEB at Four Points (620 & 2222) starting Monday 11/7.
This is the first HEB in the region to carry them. El Lago has tortillas in most HEBs in Austin but this is the only store with the Multigrain Gluten Free Tortilla. These tortillas have a great taste and texture when heated.
The bag is re-sealable so you only use what you need and save the rest.
If you live in the area and try them let us know what you think!
In addition to the Bunker Hill store in Houston, we now have gluten free tortillas in two Austin stores. The HEB Four Points at 620 & 2222 and HEB Farwest at 7015 Village Center Drive both have these tortillas in a cooler. If you can’t find them ask the grocery manager. If you want the gluten free tortillas in your HEB ask the your grocery manager to talk with his El Lago driver to get them. If the grocery manager approves them your HEB should have them within the week.
Thanks for your support in Austin!
Natural Grocers now has El Lago Gluten Free Tortillas.
The launch at HEB has been delayed a month while they sort out there cooler issues but that doesn't mean that you can't get the ancient grain goodness of our Gluten Free tortilla.
Made with Flax, Sesame, Amaranth, Millet, Buckwheat, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Corn, Water and a hint of Citric Acid for a preservative you have a blend that taste like multigrain bread without the gluten. These are great for breakfast tacos, enchiladas or fajitas!
What people are saying?
"I have celiac and this is a great choice when I want to participate with my friends on taco night!" Gary, Kansas
"I like eating healthy and this tortilla has the flavor and wholesome goodness I am looking for" Tracy, Georgetown Texas
“I have been eating El Lago tortillas and chips for years and can’t wait for the Gluten Free tortilla” BJ Austin, Texas
There are 3 Natural Grocers in Austin that we service;
Austin - Guadalupe St ~ 3901 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78751
Austin - Arbor Walk ~ 10515 N. Mopac Expressway, Bldg. L Austin, TX 78759
Austin Area- Cedar Park ~ 1335 E Whitestone Blvd Bldg. G-17 Cedar Park, TX 78630
For more on how the tortilla is made and how it is different see other posts in this section.
“Kosher is a term originally used to denote, that which is "fit" and "proper". Most often, it is used to describe foods that are permitted to be eaten by people who observe Jewish dietary law.” (Quoted from www.ksakosher.com )
El Lago Tortillas are “Fit and Proper.” We are now Kosher! The Kosher Supervision of America has given El Lago Kosher certification. No ingredients have changed. We still use only non_GMO corn and flour, so you still get that great tasting El Lago tortilla.
Please enjoy El Lago Tortillas now that they are Kosher!
EL Lago now has Gluten Free Tortillas! These tortillas are not corn tortillas that are gluten free but have ancient grains as the majority of the base. The tortilla is soy free as well, which eliminates the majority of the allergens. The Gluten Free Tortilla has the flavor of multigrain bread when prepared properly but the functionality of a tortilla.
This tortilla has been years in the making! We had to make the right partnerships to bring the right mixture of ingredients for production. Making the gluten free tortillas on our corn line, which is physically separated from our flour line, insures that the product remains gluten free. We knew the consumer would want to use these tortillas in conjunction with others tortillas at meals so we wanted packaging that could be resealed after some of the tortillas are used. Finding that correct product bag was harder than thought but we have one now that allows freezing, opening and resealing. The Gluten Free Tortilla is made of only natural ingredients. We use citric acid, a naturally occurring preservative derived from fruit as the preservative for the tortilla.
We will be introducing these tortillas to the public at the Bunker Hill HEB (Houston) in July. Other restaurants in the Austin area have been given samples. As production starts and orders come in we will list the stores and restaurants that carry the Gluten Free Tortilla in our customer section.
El Lago Gluten Free Tortillas should be warmed before use. This will improve the taste and rolling of the tortilla.
How to warm Gluten Free tortillas:
To warm in the microwave:
Sandwich two tortillas between 3 dampened paper towels. Microwave for 30 seconds and serve.
To warm in the oven:
Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil and place in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes.
To warm on the stovetop:
Place tortilla in a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Flip every 60 seconds to toast both sides. This will bring out the flavors of the ancient grains. Or for a nice toasty flavor, turn on a gas burner and hold the tortilla over the flame with a pair of tongs. Turn it to heat the other side once the side directly over the flame starts to char.
El Lago is now the central Texas distributor of Charras.
What is a Charras? Is it a Tostada Shell? Is it a Chip?
Well yes is the answer. Charras are a fried or baked tortilla that can be used as a base for a Chalupa or if you put them out with salsa, they are chips!
Flavors, WOW, Jalapeno, Chapotle, and Regular Yellow Corn. The spice pops with just enough flavor to enhance your dish, not overwhelm it. Break one up over a salad and it makes for a crunchy flavorful experience. For the traditionalist we have Nopalitos or Cactus and Linseed oil shells. These are the true El Real Sabor Mexicano or Real flavor of Mexico.
For the healthy conscious we have a baked or Horneadas shells. These take the frying out of the product so that unnecessary oil is not added. They are a lighter tostada. We also have the Casera, a home like fried thicker tostada.
With all these Charras it is difficult to make a choice. I suggest take one type home a week until you find your favorite
UT hasn’t had the best season this year but El Lago has been to every home game with their Tortillas and Chips supporting UT. The Loco Tailgaters have been doing it up at games since 1995 and they know how to do it right! We are happy to support the Loco Tailgaters and their pursuit to support UT students through awarded scholarships
Each week these guys make the game special, like supporting parents weekend for the Pom Squad or the Orange and White groups
You can see them at www.locotailgaters.com and you can get our Chips and Tortillas at any of your nearby stores.
Do you know that all of our corn tortillas and chips are gluten free? We actually have a wall that separates our flour lines from our corn lines to ensure that there is never any cross contamination of our gluten free line. We never move equipment from one side to the other; it is like we have two factories.
We run our flour line 4 days a week and our corn line 5 days a week. We run anywhere from 6 to 12 hours shifts but have more capacity if needed. We are planning on growing the tortilla business so we will eventually use that capacity.
So when you pick up a package of El Lago corn tortillas you will know that we have taken every precaution to ensure that they are gluten free.