Go Big with Trader Joe’s BIG Brown Rice Tortillas

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trader joes gluten free rice tortillas

Becoming gluten free prompted many changes in my life.  While it may seem trivial, I was unfairly forced to ingest itty bitty tortillas.  Gone were the days when my dinner description included the words “quesadilla the size of your head”.   Now I know you are asking yourself the (totally valid) question: “Um, hello Maureen, traditional gluten free corn tortillas are six inches in diameter.  That’s not itty bitty, that’s portion control!”  And to answer your question: Sometimes I want a quesadilla the size of Sputnik!  Then  I discovered (BIG!) Brown Rice Tortillas in my local Trader Joe’s refrigerated section.  Before I share with you my humble opinion, I must admit to missing the lilliputian-sized corn tortillas so much that I have returned them to my refrigerator.  Sometimes bigger isn’t always better.  Well, unless we’re speaking about quantities of bacon or chocolate, but that’s another post entirely.


  • BIG BIG BIG tortillas!
  • Works well for quesadillas.
  • Reasonably priced at $2.49 for six 10-inch tortillas (vs $1.50 for ten 6-inch corn tortillas).
  • Do not come frozen (therefore avoiding severing a digit or two while trying to separate a solidified tortilla mass).


  • Very chewy texture.  Borderline rubbery.
  • Not your best option for a wrap-type sandwich (easily broke when folded).

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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.


  1. Those look like Food for Life’s gigantic rice tortillas! They make awesome quesadillas, because cooking them changes the texture, but the only way I’ve found to do a sandwich wrap is to microwave the tortilla for 20 seconds. As it warms, it WILL fold, and it becomes less chewy, but I still broke a piece off one of my teeth the last time I ate one, so now I just use a recipe for wrap bread when I want sandwiches.

  2. I have a celiac problem and when I was in St. Louis my sister had some chips that were called Tortilla Chips with an identify crisis and I fell inlove with them. I live in Omaha, Ne. and they don’t have a store here. How can I order these chips from you. Please reply. Thanks.

    1. Hi Bette! I believe the chips you are looking are Trader Joe’s “Tortilla Chips with Identity Crisis”. I’ve had them and they are fantastic! Unfortunately, it looks like there are not any Trader Joe’s in Nebraska at this time 🙁 I’d recommend sending feedback to TJ’s requesting a store in NE. You could also beg your sis to buy a bunch of these chips & (carefully) ship them to you.

  3. i tried, and reviewed, these too. i feel like im still searching for a rollable nonrubbery wrapsize tortilla. this seems to be almost exactly like food for life except a slightly different size. several people weighed in on the product/problem at my site. seems to be a common search. wish a food company would solve this for us!! here’s my tortilla throwdown: http://bit.ly/torthro and thanks for yours!

  4. I tried this and was terribly disappointed; not only do they break easily like you describe, but they went moldy so quickly I only got to eat 2 of them! If you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds the breakage is less severe, but still very hard to wrap them around anything.

  5. A new recipe I found for turning the brown rice tortillas into pita-style chips:

    Oven at 350F. Coat both side of the tortilla with butter (I used Smart Balance vegan spread), then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on one side. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortillas into chip-sized triangles. Cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the chips feel crisp (if they’re still soft, they’ll be too chewy). Let them sit until cooled, then eat. Yum 😀

  6. I buy the Food For Life tortillas and the directions recommend you wrap the tortilla in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. I have done this and they always turn out fine for wrapping. I kind of like them chewy… it’s better than crumbly, anyway.

  7. These are my favorite tortillas but impossible to roll them even after microwaving, they split. My use for them is to use them as pizza crust. My kids who are not GF LOVE these pizzas, even more than “real” pizza and they can make them by themselves!
    I also use them like bread, just cut one in half, fill with egg salad or whatever and slap the other half on top. Slice in half or smaller slices and done. They do make the best Quesadillas. I love the chewiness of them.

  8. I always have these in my fridge. I heat them slowly and it keeps them from breaking. I make turkey wraps, burritos, quesadillas, and just a quick snack. As a Celiac sufferer, there is always a trade off when it comes to the foods you can eat. Considering the alternatives, these work fine for me.

  9. la tortilla factory makes a gluten free wrap/tortilla. I got a pack from Meijer this past week and they are pretty good. Did not fall apart. Good stuff.

  10. i just bought a bag. yes, they do break easily but it has a delicious earthy flavor to it, that breakage is no longer a concern. try it!

  11. Ok..I am sitting here with the plate of rice tortillas wraps next to me. They SUCK!! Jeez, to think I payed money for these….I love gluten free products, but these are terrible.

  12. I was extremely disappointed in the Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortillas. They have an overwhelmingly bitter aftertaste, almost like ammonia. Did anyone else experience this or did I just buy a bad pack?

    1. Hi Patti, I had to laugh when I read about the horrible aftertaste because the same thing happened to me. Feeling so desperate for some type of bread, namely a tortilla, I decided to give them another try thinking I could find a way to do something to them even though the taste was disgusting. I am glad I did because the second batch was fine for me and did not have that aftertaste. I think I had a had batch the first time as these tortilla’s don’t seem to have any kind of shelf life other than a few days. I keep out a few at a time and then freeze the rest. Anyway, good luck. I used food for life but have not tried Trader Joe’s. Kim

  13. I just finished a wrap made with the trader joes rice tortilla… And it split right down the side and dumped a bunch of my yummy contents all over the floor. I was not pleased. I will try the quesadilla style next time. This is my second time buying them, the first time I didn’t eat any- because they were covered in mold two days after I brought them home! @pattie: I think you may have gotten a bad batch because I didn’t notice an aftertaste like that at all.

  14. These are so absolutely awesome. Best when heated in the oven a bit!
    So wish there was a Trader Joe’s closer to where I live in Bethlehem, Pa.

  15. Trader Joe’s is cheating on these “brown rice” tortillas…
    they used to be much better…but now are full of the much cheaper and non-nutritious tapioca flour.

    My guess is at least 40-50% tapioca…or more.

  16. I love Trader Joes and can’t imagine life without it.
    But like someone commented above, I find a lot of their fresh products tend to start molding within a few days. I guess I could eat the stuff faster, but I am trying to LOSE weight, not GAIN weigh. 🙂
    Any suggestions on making their stuff last a little longer?

  17. Sad to say there is no Trader Joes anywhere near me and that’s a shame.
    I have had the pleasure of eating there when I travel and I agree with “mim”. They did used to be better but are still worth the effort to search one out.

  18. Love these tortillas. Store them in the refrigerator to prevent them from molding quickly. When ready to use wet tortilla and cook in frying pan sprayed with olive oil this will keep them from cracking.

  19. I recently was introduced to these wonderful, amazing tortillas and simply love them. You can put to put anything and everything on and in them. Lightly heated in a flat cast iron skillet softens them and even if you eat them cold with spicy red pepper hummus nut butters, you name it, it works. The complaint that they break and the contents fall all over the floor is interesting and perhaps eating over the table would help, with a plate underneath, so the contents can be retrieved and enjoyed, even if might it means using a fork and eating the tortillas in a piece with those contents. I would love to find the recipe and method for making these myself, since my only Trader Joe’s is over 45 miles from my residence. Anyone, out there knows how, please add the information. Thanks

  20. Awesome! Agree with Crystal that skillets are the best for these. If you’ve got less time they’re also very tasty when put into a toastie maker with cheddar inside them – quick and very yum.

  21. I generally hate wraps–a really bad and tasteless food that has somehow become a standard. Dampened flavorless cardboard. They’re supposed to be a bread substitute–think of how good bread is and then think of your average flour tortilla. Then I discovered TJ’s brown rice tortillas. They make the best thin crust pizza. The trick is to crisp one side under the broiler or in a frying pan. If you do both sides you have a very big cracker. I try to avoid bread so this has become my bread substitute. Makes a good fold over –I agree #28. Warning they burn really quickly under the broiler–on the good side they make a very quick meal!

  22. I keep these in the refrigerator and they do well without molding. I’ve tried several gluten-free “flour” tortillas and these are by far the best. I’ve never had a problem with them breaking. I heat them on a traditional mexican cast iron skillet. I don’t really believe in microwaving tortillas; they just don’t taste the same. 😉 However, if you do plan to microwave them, I would suggest reducing the power by at least half so that you do not overcook them, which would cause cracking. I’ve used these for burritos, wraps, to eat with meals instead of bread, quesadillas and much more. I normally buy three packages at a time since Trader Joe’s is quite a ways from me. I move them from the freezer to the refrigerator as I go through them.

  23. I love these tortillas ….I cut them into chips and brown them in coconut oil..lightly salt them with sea salt after draining them on paper towels. They are amazing as a chip for guacamole. I even sprinkle them with xylitol and cinnamon for a sweet treat. You just have to get creative when you can’t eat certain things…you can always make things work for yourself if you just think things through. I am now working on finding a recipe to make some good Italian crusty bread without white flour….

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