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Best tortilla makers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2019
Best tortilla makers of 2018
There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more.
Come with me. Many brands have introduced tortilla makers on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this tortilla makers win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day.
Why did this tortilla makers come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this tortilla makers take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
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How we tested
The biggest difference was in the evenness of the tortillas and the amount of effort required to press them. The heavy cast-iron and wood models practically flattened the tortilla for us, while the lighter-weight cast-aluminum and plastic models required more muscle. Both of our purchased copies of the plastic tortilla press were warped, resulting in tortillas that were too thick or thin in different spots. We preferred presses with a large pressing surface; on smaller presses dough sometimes squeezed out the sides if the dough ball wasn’t perfectly centered. Some presses lent themselves to overpressing, making the sides of the tortilla too thin and liable to tear. Our favorite press had a sliver of wood attached to the pressing plates that kept the tortillas from getting too thin.
Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block
Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.
Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block
This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.
Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block
This smaller version of the Downtown Block secured all our knives nicely, though the blade of the slicing knife stuck out a bit. With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard afforded extra protection against contact with blades but made it a little harder to insert knives and to clean; the wood itself got a little scratched during use.
Watch how to make this recipe.
Heat tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and taco seasoning. Add the chicken to the skillet and saute over medium-high heat until done, about minute per side. Remove from the skillet and dice into cubes. Set aside.
Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil to the skillet over high heat. Throw in the onions and peppers and cook until the peppers have a few dark brown/black areas, to minutes. Remove and set aside.
Sizzle 1/tablespoon of the butter in a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat and lay a flour tortilla in the skillet. Then build the quesadillas by laying grated cheese on the bottom tortilla, and then arranging the chicken and cooked peppers. Top with a little more grated cheese and top with a second tortilla.
When the tortilla is golden on the first side, carefully flip the quesadilla to the other side, adding another 1/tablespoon butter to the skillet at the same time. Continue cooking until the second side is golden. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings.
Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with Pico de Gallo.
Pico de Gallo
Dice up equal quantities of tomatoes and onions. Roughly chop the cilantro.
Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice from half the lime into the bowl. Sprinkle with salt, and stir together until combined. Be sure to taste the pico de gallo and adjust the seasonings, adding salt or more diced jalapeno if needed.
For the guacamole
Bacon or pancetta, cooked and crumbled or diced Prosciutto-thinly sliced.
Butter one side of each tortilla. Place one tortilla (buttered side down) into a nonstick skillet.
Evenly sprinkle chicken, bacon, tomatoes, onion. Drizzle bar-b-que sauce over all. Sprinkle cheese over and top with remaining tortilla (buttered side up).
On medium heat, cook approximately minutes, watching underside of tortilla for browning. Press with spatula while cooking. Carefully flip entire tortilla over using spatula. Cook approximately minutes until light brown and cheese is melted.
Trim and rinse spinach; shake off excess water. In large saucepan, cover and cook spinach over medium heat, with just the water clinging to leaves, for minutes or until wilted. Drain in sieve, pressing out moisture. Let cool slightly and chop.
In food processor or blender, process cottage cheese until smooth. Add egg, 1/cup (50 mL) of the shredded cheese and pepper; pulse to combine. In bowl, stir cottage cheese mixture with spinach; set aside.
In separate bowl, mash beans with fork; stir in salsa, corn and tbsp (2mL) of the coriander. (Recipe can be prepared to this point, covered and refrigerated for up to 1hours).
Stir garlic into cheese mixture. Place tortilla on baking sheet. Spread with generous 1/cup (12mL) cheese mixture; cover with another tortilla. Spread with generous 1/cup (12mL) salsa mixture; cover with another tortilla. Repeat cheese and salsa layers times. Spread with remaining cheese mixture; top with remaining tortilla. Arrange tomato on top; sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
Amazing Chicken Quesadilla
Chika was a dancer,so she was endlessly dieting. She loved my cooking, but was always leery of my bent for comfort food, which she assumed was highly caloric (I have no idea why). However, she thought quesadillas sounded good.
Satisfy your appetite for …
In a large crockpot (I use a quart crockpot), add in the diced green pepper, diced onion, uncooked chicken breasts, enchilada sauce, undrained tomatoes, drained and rinsed black beans, undrained corn, chicken stock or broth, and minced garlic.
Add in all of the seasonings: the cumin, paprika, seasoned salt, pepper, and chili powder. Stir well and cover the crockpot.
Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred in another bowl using two forks.
Add the shredded chicken back into the crockpot. Stir and cover. Cook on high until all the cream cheese is completely melted. Whisk once more.
Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla- Lunch Time!!
Update: I made these again for lunch today and before I served them I lightly brushed the tortilla with the butter mixture again and sprinkled on parmesan cheese, garlic powder and oregano. It was so yummy. Tasted like garlic pizza crust.
How to Make It
Spread beans evenly over tortillas. Sprinkle evenly with 3/cup cheese, and drizzle with 1/cup taco sauce. Top with remaining tortillas.
Microwave quesadilla, covered with a paper towel, on a microwave-safe plate at HIGH to 1/minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining quesadilla.
Take a good look at DoughXpress Pizza Presses, you’ll not find a better line up than HIX. We have a pizza dough press to fit any style of business, from the small independent pizza by the slice, to the large full-scale local chain operations, where quantity and quality are one in the same. No matter which DoughXpress Pizza Dough Press or Equipment you choose, you’ll be on the right track to higher production output, more consistency in your pie size and thickness, and most importantly, you’re building efficiency and cooking up profits for your business. The DXA-SS Air Automatic is the most efficient and cost effective way to produce uniform shape, thickness and perfectly round pizza dough, leaving your hands free to keep your business moving forward.
DoughXpress Electromechanical Presses
Take a good look at the DoughXpress Auto-Electric Pizza Press, this is the easy way to make consistent pizza in a fast, productive environment. HIX has a pizza dough press to fit any style of business, from the small independent pizza by the slice, to the large full-scale local chain operations, where quantity and quality are one in the same. No matter which DoughXpress Pizza Dough Presses and Equipment you choose, you’ll be on the right track to higher production output, more consistency in your pie size and thickness, and most importantly, you’re building efficiency and cooking up profits for your business.
DoughXpress Manual Presses
Take a good look at DoughXpress Pizza Presses. Discover the quick, safe way to flatten your pizza dough without the need for flour, multiple pass dough rollers, and best of all- no skilled labor. HIX has a pizza dough press to fit any style of business, from the small independent pizza by the slice, to the large full-scale local chain operations, where quantity and quality are one in the same. No matter which DoughXpress Pizza Dough Presses and Equipment you choose, you’ll be on the right track to higher production output, more consistency in your pie size and thickness, and most importantly, you’re building efficiency and cooking up profits for your business.
DoughXpress Dough Equipment
Take a good look at DoughXpress Dough Equipment. We have a complete line of dough dividers, dough rounders, and dough docking equipment. HIX has a pizza dough press to fit any style of business. Whether you’re a small independent shop that sells pizza by the slice or a large full-scale local chain operation, we know that quantity and quality are one in the same. No matter which DoughXpress Pizza Dough Presses and Equipment you choose, you’ll be on the right track to higher production output and more consistency in your pie size and thickness. Most importantly, you’re building efficiency and cooking up profits for your business.
BakeryXpress has your bread business covered. We have four bread slicers available to fit your requirements. Our products are safe and simple to operate. Adjustments are fast, easy to make, repeatable, and accurate. The chute can be removed without tools for safe, easy cleaning without interference from the cutting blade. Our products are safe and simple to operate. Adjustments are fast, easy to make, repeatable, and accurate.
MeatXpress is our top-of-the line meat press equipment that helps you eliminate tiresome and time-consuming portion pounding. With HIX MeatXpress equipment, you can increase efficiency, build consistency in your output, and reduce labor fatigue. All of our MeatXpress equipment is easy to use and requires no skilled labor or advanced training. Consistency and productivity will ensure that our meat press equipment delivers for you.
DoughXpress Tortilla Warmers
Who can resist the smell of tortillas warming? When you look for warming equipment, you will not find a better unit than the HeatXpress from HIX. Heating rods are essentially the core to warming devices, and nobody knows more about heating rod engineering than HIX. Our experience with heating rods and heat conductivity go well beyond the food service equipment industry. When it comes to the best performing and longest lasting equipment, HIX HeatXpress is in a category all by itself.
DoughXpress Pizza Warmers
Take a good look at DoughXpress Pizza Presses – you won’t find a better lineup than HIX. We have a pizza dough press to fit any style of business, whether you’re running a small independent pizza by the slice or a large full-scale local chain operation. HIX understands that quantity and quality are one in the same. No matter which DoughXpress Pizza Dough Press or Equipment you choose, you’ll be on the right track to higher production output, more consistency in your pie size and thickness, and most importantly, you’re building efficiency and cooking up profits for your business. The DXA-SS Air Automatic is the most efficient and cost effective way to produce uniform shape, thickness and perfectly round pizza dough – leaving your hands free to keep your business moving forward.
HIX Corporation, the world’s largest heat press manufacturer, introduces the most comprehensive line of pizza presses in the food service industry. With over 50 years of proven press design and manufacturing expertise, HIX has designed the most efficient, durable, and safe pizza presses on the market. Our complete line of presses include: air automatic, auto-electric, dual heated, and manual presses. Find out why HIX DoughXpress is one of the most respected names in the business.
With years of proven heat press design and manufacturing expertise, HIX Corporation introduces the most efficient, durable, and easy to use tortilla presses in the food service industry. With large 16″ x 20″ dual heated platens, you can press, flatten, or par bake 4-tortillas in just seconds. The bottom platen is lightweight and easily swings out so that you can quickly load and unload. Our complete line of presses includes: air automatic, auto-electric, dual heated, and manual presses. Find out how HIX TortillaXpress can help make your business more efficient and profitable.
HIX Corporation is the leader in heating rod design and engineering, the very core of your warming equipment. HIX offers a complete line of flat grills to handle all your warming needs. The portability of our products supports your catering business and offers you flexibility in your kitchen. With HIX HeatXpress, you can be assured of quality and performance.
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The 10.inch heating plate is the perfect size for most tortillas. Like the unit above, the Hamilton Beach quesadilla maker has a terrific non-stick surface, for easy clean up.
The lid locks to ensure even cooking and spill prevention. It also allows for upright storage when not in use.
The unit also has power and pre-heat lights to let you know when its ready for use. Comes with recipes to give you ideas for your next lunch or dinner.
El Paso 1002Quesadilla Maker
El Paso 1002Quesadilla Maker is a simple and reasonably priced option for home cooks on a budget.
Nostalgia EQM200 Fiesta Series 6-Wedge Electric Quesadilla Maker is a great unit with plenty of features.
This unit is able to cook inch tortillas in approximately minutes. The wedge hot plate is non stick, and allows for both easy cutting and easy clean up later.
There is a removable drip tray which also assists in the ease of clean up and maintenance.
The ready light lets you know when the quesadilla maker is preheated and ready for use.
Another interesting feature is that the unit has two latch positions allowing for both thin or thick stuff quesadillas to fit in without making a mess.
Elite Cuisine EQD-11/Maxi-Matic 11-Inch Non-Stick Quesadilla Maker is a large, well made option for any home cook.
This unit is suitable for quesadillas up to 1inches, and is able to make them in approximately minutes.
The hot plates are coated with a non-stick cooking surface for easy clean up.
Locking lid allows for convenient upright storage. There is also a drainage rim for easy grease removal.
IMUSA, GAU-80307, Quesadilla Maker is the perfect option for budget-conscience home cooks.
This well-made quesadilla maker features a non-stick inch cooking surface.
The press-and-seal lines lock in quesadilla flavor and prevent spills. They also act to section the tortilla into wedges for easy cutting.
There is a removable grease tray for easy cleaning. The unit stands upright for easy storage.
Ready heat indicator lights let you know when the appliance is ready for use.
The simplest way of understanding the basics of quesadilla makers is to compare them to a sandwich maker. The device works on the same principles. It needs to be plugged it, turned on, and then one has to look for the indicator lights to understand whether or not the plates have heated up or not. After the plates have become warm enough, the user may place the tortilla on the bottom one.
It goes without saying that these devices have been specially designed to prepare quesadillas. However, there are some details worth considering in this case. Some models do not allow buyers to place pieces of chicken between the two tortillas, as that would make the unit impossible to lock. By contrast, other alternatives come with a locking lid with two positions, thus giving users the freedom to prepare thicker quesadillas.
Some people might be interested in purchasing a quesadilla maker with removable plates. These models are somewhat more expensive compared to the regular ones, but most of them are dishwasher friendly. Cleaning the plates in the dishwasher is very convenient, particularly when it comes to greasy ingredients or cheese that have stuck on the plate. Moreover, some buyers use 8-inch tortillas with their 10-inch units, which leaves some room for ingredients to seep out.
It takes a lot of time and sometimes even a lot of effort to wash the plates in the sink, as one must soak them prior to scrubbing them. In addition, this process can eventually damage the non-stick plates.
As is the case with any other product that you might ever be tempted to buy online, reading some quesadilla maker reviews can help you make the right call. Buyers who have gone through negative experiences are known to express their opinions rather bluntly, so you are likely to benefit from going through these ratings. In fact, consumer reviews might be the only way to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Characteristics such as durability, convenience, affordability and value offered for the price can be found in the previously mentioned reviews. Some individuals write lengthy recommendations, filled with pros and cons.
Country of origin and manufacturer
Even though researching the product you want to buy is a somewhat tedious process, it definitely pays off in the end. The country of origin has a say when it comes to the quality of build of the machine. Sometimes, items manufactured in Asia are somewhat less reliable and durable compared to their American and European counterparts.
All things considered, even if you do not know too many things about the manufacturing brand, what you should undoubtedly consider is whether or not the company has a subsidiary in your state or country. Getting a replacement or return can be very complicated if you buy your quesadilla maker overseas. Plus, it’s pretty much the safest way to have issues with your warranty card.
We have seen that some of the most trusted manufacturers in the United States of America are Hamilton Beach, George Foreman, Nostalgia Electrics, BELLA, Betty Crocker, and Cuisinart. In a nutshell, purchasing an appliance from these brands basically means that you won’t encounter any issue. Even if you do stumble upon a problem with your device, you can safely take advantage of a return or replacement policy, depending on the manufacturer.
Hamilton Beach 25409
Hamilton Beach is a brand that is well-known for manufacturing superior products in the area of small appliances. This unit is no different when it comes to the company’s quality standards, which is why it’s definitely worth considering if you are still prospecting the market. Keep in mind that buying a Hamilton Beach quesadilla maker will allow you to benefit from the incredible customer support offered by the producer.
Compared to other units in the line, this is a somewhat large quesadilla maker, as its size is 10.5” by 9.5” by 4”. As it is to be expected from a modern model, this one features a non-stick surface. The unit is capable of heating in a matter of just five minutes and can be used for preparing six wedges.
The power and preheat lights of the model give a helping hand to any buyer who has a hard time understanding when the plates have become hot enough.
Most of the consumer reviews of the Hamilton Beach 2540are positive. The vast majority of the people who purchased this alternative claim that it’s the best one for 6-in tortillas. Some buyers claim that this is the perfect size of quesadilla maker for them, as the unit can fit in any cabinet.
One glance at tortilla usage and consumption data shows consumers are embracing this versatile ethnic bread.
And according to Ibis World’s “Tortilla Production in the U.S.” report, released in August 2012, “The tortilla production industry has experienced strong growth in the last ﬁve years, making it the fastest growing segment within the entire baking industry.
Investing in the equipment, ingredients and supplies to make in-house tortillas is one way Mexican and other Latin-themed restaurants can differentiate themselves, creating hot-off-the press products and culinary theater in the process.
Charlie Smith, owner of X-Press Manufacturing in New Braunfels, Texas, also reports more inquiries from restaurants interested in making fresh tortillas. “They appeal to restaurants’ clientele because it shows they are serving fresh food—and the customers like to see the machines running,” Smith says.
Another beneﬁt is that restaurants can turn the tortillas into an additional revenue stream, just the way Tortilleria Nixtamal and El India have done. “They can make enough tortillas to bag and sell them by the dozen,” Smith suggests.
And Manuel Villagomez Rodriguez, director of Grupo Villamex, says making corn tortillas and wheat ﬂour tortillas on site allows chefs to serve products free of the preservatives found in some prepared tortillas.
Choosing a Cast Iron Skillet
You’ve seen the benefits of cast iron and are ready to make an investment.
It’s easy to pick the best skillet for you when you consider just a few basic qualities. Read on to see what you should be thinking about when looking for a cast iron skillet.
Size & Weight
The size of your skillet will depend on a few things. Of those, the most influential will be the size of your household and the types of dishes you like to make.
A 10-1inch skillet is a good “starter” size and will fit the needs of most families with 2-people. You may need to do some meals in batches, so you don’t overcrowd the pan, but it’ll get the job done nine times out of ten. If you’re not sure of your exact needs, or you cook a variety of dishes, this size should be perfect.
Of course, cast iron skillets come in a wide range of sizes, from teeny 3.5-inch personal skillets to jumbo sized 20-inchers.
Can you lift a 23-pound skillet filled with hot food out of the oven? If you’re even a little unsure, opt for a smaller size.
In the world of cast iron, seasoning refers to the exterior of the pan. To season a cast iron skillet means to apply a thin layer of fat to the outside of the pan. Over time, the fat cooks into the pan, creating a non-stick surface without the use of chemicals.
You can buy an unseasoned cast iron pan and create the non-stick layer yourself.
Or, you can save a step and buy your cast iron skillet pre-seasoned. The company applies a soy-based oil at the factory and heats it. This factory seasoning is equivalent to 10-1rounds of at-home seasoning.
This saves you effort, and allows you to unpack your new skillet and get straight to cooking, without fear of sticking.
Recommended Cast Iron Skillet Brands
You can pore over every cast iron skillet out there in search of the perfect choice for your kitchen and budget.
Or, if you’re busy like I am, you can look over our favorite cast iron skillets. You might be looking to splurge, scrimp, or just get a quality skillet that will last a long time.
Complimentary Handle Cover
This skillet from Le Creuset is an elegant and practical addition to any kitchen.
Le Creuset is known for quality – you’ve probably seen the brand on every wedding registry! Their cast iron skillet is no exception. Optimized for even heat distribution, the pan resists staining, dulling, and wear.
The skillet also shows that practicality and durability can also be beautiful. The exterior enamel comes in a variety of colors, from cherry red to Caribbean blue. There’s hibiscus for feminine kitchens, as well as classic white. It’s a beautiful union of masculine strength and durability, combined with graceful design.
No detail was overlooked in this skillet. A loop handle reduces weight, so you get nearly 1inches of cooking surface for less weight. This makes the skillet easier on hands and wrists. It also provides a better grip when wearing oven mitts or using a handle cover.
The black enamel interior comes pre-seasoned, allowing you to start cooking right away.
My One Complaint
The uneven cooking surface in this pan. If you’re only planning to sear foods, it may work out just fine. However, if you’re hoping for an all-around tool, you may find yourself frustrated. Thin foods like batter and oil run to the sides. This pan is good, but not great.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your tortilla makers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of tortilla makers
- №1 — Victoria 8 inch Cast Iron Tortilla Press and Pataconera
- №2 — Norpro 6-Inch Tortilla Press
- №3 — IMUSA USA MEXI-86009M Cast Aluminum Tortilla & Roti Press 8-Inch