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How One Family’s Tortillas Are Taking the Grain-Free Market by Storm

How One Family’s Tortillas Are Taking the Grain-Free Market by Storm

Everyone knows what a tortilla is. Modern Mexican restaurant chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle, and Illegal Pete’s make their money on the things, often providing options such as white or whole wheat.

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For some people, though, white and whole wheat aren’t options. One third-generation Mexican-American family from south Texas underwent a dietary revitalization when they found out one of them could no longer eat corn.

When Veronica “Vero” Garza was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune conditions (including lupus), she adopted a grain-free, anti-inflammatory meal plan. Prior to her diagnosis, she as well as the rest of the Garza family had enjoyed both flour and corn tortillas the way that many families do. When they learned that Vero could no long consume them, they all decided to make a change.

The Garzas supported Vero by adopting a grain-free lifestyle and beginning to exercise together. Vero replaced their beloved flour and corn tortillas with grain-free tortillas, some made from almond flour and some made with such enticing ingredients as coconut and cassava. When the family’s matriarch, Grandma Campos, confessed that Vero's grain-free tortillas tasted even better than the homemade flour tortillas she had been making for decades, the family realized they had created something special. Thus, their grain-free tortilla company called Siete was born.

Based in Austin, Siete currently offers grain-free tortillas in Almond Flour and Coconut & Cassava varieties. Each variety is gluten-free, paleo-friendly, non-GMO, dairy-free, and preservative-free. Ideal for cooking or snacking, the tortillas taste, fold, and hold like a tortilla should. The brand, which officially launched two years ago at a small co-op in Texas, is now available in the southwest, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, and mid-Atlantic Whole Foods regions, as well as other natural retailers across the country. It is coming to NYC in the next few weeks.

We’ve got three recipes straight from the Garza family kitchen that we're sure you'll enjoy. Grain-free tortillas play a role in each recipe. Check them out below:

Click here for a protein-packed Migas estilo Siete recipe.

Looking for the Garza’s Salsa Fresca estilo Siete recipe? Check it out here.

This Beef Chorizo con Huevo estilo Siete is simple, healthy, and grain-free.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.


Southwest King Ranch Casserole

Submitted by Beth From Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

…this is one of the most popular dishes at Whole Foods Market take-out counters…The best way to describe this tasty, comforting casserole is as a cross between lasagne and enchiladas. Made with mostly prepared ingredients, this recipe delivers big flavor with a minimum of fuss. Simply load up the casserole dish with layers of tomatillo salsa (jarred is fine), corn tortillas, spicy shredded chicken (rotisserie is fine), sour cream, mild green chiles, and grated cheese. This is best made 1 to 3 days before serving so that the flavors meld, which makes it a great party dish. Just reheat it when it’s time to serve. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.