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Corn or Flour?

Eight well-known and proud Texans answer this simple, age-old question.

By December 2015Comments

Owen Wilson arrives at the LA Premiere of "She's Funny That Way" held at Harmony Gold Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The question is admirably straightforward, but my answer isn’t simple. Don’t Eskimos have 37 different words for snow? That’s how I feel about tortillas. So many variations. But since I grew up with hard-shell corn for tacos (the kind you’d buy in a pack), I guess that’s my first choice. For the obvious sentimental reasons. —Actor Owen Wilson

Flour. Less healthy but worth it! Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Flour, of course. They taste better. You should try the bean and cheese tacos at Pico de Gallo, in San Antonio. —U.S. HUD Secretary Julián CastroJulian Castro

Corn! Because I can eat seven hundred more of them and feel a little better about it.
Musician Kacey Musgraves

Both! And my favorite spot to eat them is my sister’s Resident Taqueria, in Dallas. —Musician Annie Clark, a.k.a.
St. Vincent

In the landmark case of Corn v. Flour, I lean slightly to corn. Admittedly, this controverts my prior precedent. I long Eva Longoriafavored the high-carb, sodium-bomb decadence of flour. But with age comes wisdom, plus an urgent need for fiber and magnesium. —Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett

I was raised with Tex-Mex food, which is centered on flour. It wasn’t until I visited Mexico that I actually had a taco made with corn, and I thought it was weird. I love the fat, thick tortillas that breakfast tacos are wrapped in, or just a nice flour tortilla with butter on it! So good! —Actor Eva Longoria

George and I love corn tortillas, the traditional, hand-pressed kind. They’re more flavorful and have a richer texture than white-flour tortillas. —First Lady Laura Bush

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  • Alex Stone

    Corn for me.. agree they have more flavor. My husband however, will only eat flour!

  • Jorge Jaramillo

    Corn is traditional for tacos,I wouldn’t have them any other way!

  • joanne

    puffy deep fried corn for tacos, flour for burritos rolled or deep fried, just that simple!!!

  • Jesse R

    Being from Brownsville, the question is best answered by taking into consideration the type of food or taco being made. Corn for fish tacos and taco stand/truck/shop-style taquitos as well as fried/baked for chips; and flour for big hearty breakfast tacos/burritos and to use as your “spoon/fork” for any meal. And to enjoy with just butter… That would be either corn or flour, just so long as the tortilla is hot and fresh!

    • TejanoViejo

      Jesse R: I concur 100% . . . I’m from just up the River in Duval County one town away NE from Laredo on US 59 !! I could eat’em faster with just butter than my Mama could cook’em !!!

  • steve

    Corn for enchiladas, flour for nearly everything else except chips.

  • Ed Hino

    WELLTHE WAY I WAS BROUGHT UP ON FLOUR TORTILLAS I WAS RAISED BEING TAUGHT THAT FLOUR TORTILLAS ARE A SPANISH SEFARDIC TRADITION/THING? CORN ARE AMEXICAN TRADITION NOW TEXAS IS ACCUSTO MED TO BOTH WITH THEMEXICAN INFLUENCE