I’m not sure where I first heard of jicama tortillas – from a paleo friend or an internet advertisement, perhaps. I was intrigued. How would you fold them? It seems like they would crack like rice tortillas which have been a complete disappointment. How would you make them? Jicama is hard enough to peel. How in the world would you slice it in round circles?
Then one day I spied them in the produce department – package of jicama tortillas for about $5.00. Ingredients – 100% jicama. I didn’t buy them that first day, but last weekend we were having guests, one of whom is gluten free. So when I shopped before their visit, I bought a package of jicama tortillas.
I thought I had better try them before I served them to guests. The package didn’t give any instructions. My Darling Daughter eats jicama raw on her salads, so I tried them raw. They are very thinly sliced, but remarkably durable. I put ghee on one, folded it in half and took a bite. It did not crack; in fact it really did fold a lot like a flour tortilla. I ate it slowly, trying to figure out why I wasn’t enthusiastic. I think it must be that Jicama tastes sweet to me, and tortillas do not. I did not serve them to my guests.
Monday morning I got out the package to decide what to do with the rest of the tortillas. I noticed that the expiration date was Sunday. They did not smell like they had spoiled, but I decided I needed to do something quickly. I sprayed them with olive oil and roasted them in the oven until they were just a tiny bit brown around the edges.
They were still durable, they still folded without cracking, and they tasted a lot better cooked than raw. They did shrink as they cooked – so they were smaller than a regular tortilla.
They were pretty good with eggs that morning for breakfast. I think I would like them even better stuffed with something spicy like taco meat. But they are not identical to a tortilla.
If I had guests over for dinner and they were expecting regular TexMex food, they probably would not like jicama tortillas.
When I fix TexMex food for myself, I would prefer a taco salad to jicama tacos.
I’m trying to imagine them in King Ranch Casserole, and I don’t think I would like it.
My conclusions: They are interesting. They are neutral, but not beneficial. They have their own unique flavor that is quite edible. But they would never be mistaken for a tortilla.