J.B. 's Journal: Tyler Tortilla Factory

J.B. 's Journal: Tyler Tortilla Factory

(KYTX) - In tonight's J.B.'s Journal, while most of us prepare to sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, some Texans prefer tamales instead of turkey. 

Tonight J.B. Smith takes us inside the Tyler tortilla factory, where workers are getting ready for the holiday rush.

"They are also very popular because of the flavor."

The Correa family churns out thousands of tortillas each day at their North Tyler business the same way since they started 27 years ago.

"We are the only one to use fresh corn."

"We cook corn, let it sit overnight,grind it the next day."

A traditional stone from Mexico is used to crush the corn.

"They never left the old way, sticking to original traditional way of grinding corn."

Consuelo's husband Guadalupe and her brothers first startedofferingMexican food products in the 1980's.

"Because not many available in Tylerat that time."

At 76 years old, she still wraps hundreds of her famous tamales everyday.

"Use my mother's recipe, to me it'sthe best."

"Spreading masa on corn husks is most consuming time."

Pork tamales are the top seller but they make all kinds.

"Beef, spinach-cheese, jalapeno cheese, chicken, are very popular."

This time of the year, tamales are very popular in Texas as a holiday meal.

"Customers changing, now Anglos are into the tamales for Thanksgiving and us Spanish the turkey."

Her husband died in 2001 but Consuelo still comes to work.

"This is where I want to be, I feel closest to my husband here."

"Mama Consuelo and Pappy started the tortilla factory many years ago because there were not fresh tortillas or tamales in the East Texas area,today were starting in the fourth generation."

"I remember when we first started there were times thought we wouldn't make it but little-by-little people started knowing about us and started coming to buy our products.

"It's really neat to carry on the legacy which my grandparents started."

For CBS 19 I'm J.B. Smithand that's my story.
The Tyler Tortilla Factory sells its products to area stores and restaurants. But it didn't want to expand too much so the quality of the food would stay the same.
Tamales are a big seller for Christmas Eve dinners and orders must be placed in advance.


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